GM's Opel-Vauxhall unveils new city car, the Adam

If General Motors Europe is going to dig itself out of its deep financial hole it needs to produce successful new cars, and here’s the new Opel-Vauxhall Adam, a little city vehicle which will compete with the BMW Mini and Fiat 500.    The three-door, four-seater Adam will be formerly launched at the Paris Car Show in late September and go on sale in January. Opel-Vauxhall said the Adam is aimed at trendy urban customers, and offers a huge range of possibilities for buyers to stamp their own personality on the car’s appearance.

There will be a choice of three petrol engines ranging from 1.2 to 1.4 liters and 70 to 100 hp, all available with Start/Stop technology and with a five-speed manual gearbox. Later Adams will get a new-generation small gasoline engine, featuring direct injection and forced induction, and a six-speed gearbox.

    To lure young fashionistas, Adams will have an infotainment system designed to support Bluetooth, as well as connectivity for smartphones with Android or Apple iOS software. This enables access to internet-based applications, including GPS navigation.

The Adam will offer technology normally only found in higher-end cars, including automatic parking, Side Blind Spot Alert and Hill Start Assist.

No word yet on price.



Neil Winton
Neil Winton writes the European Perspective column for Autos Insider. He was Reuter's Science and Technology Correspondent and European Auto Correspondent before setting up as a freelance columnist and web site publisher, writing about the European automotive industry and its products. Neil can be reached at