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Vauxhall releases details of upcoming Viva city car

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With many cash-strapped car buyers opting for smaller models, city cars are the next big thing. Keen to get in on the action, Vauxhall has unveiled its new Viva hatchback. 

Sitting between typical city cars like the Toyota Aygo and the Ford Fiesta supermini in size, this new Vauxhall should be a doddle to manouevre into tight parking spaces, but also offers more than enough space for five people, the company claims. 

With prices expected to start at around £7,500, the Viva will become one of the cheapest new cars on the road, undercutting its £8,995 Corsa stablemate and the similarly sized Adam, which starts at £11,455.

Set for launch in spring 2015 this new Vauxhall will feature an economical 1.0-litre 74bhp petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. We predict that this unit should be capable of over 70mpg and emit low enough levels of CO2 emissions to warrant free car tax.

The car will major on providing ‘class-leading comfort’ levels and exceptional safety, according to Vauxhall. It will also have a city mode to lighten up the steering when manouevring around town, a park assist system and a hill start assist system to give drivers a hand with pulling off on inclines. A lane departure system for keeping the car in the lane on multi-lane roads, will also be available.

Tying it into the Vauxhall range, the Viva will feature sharply sculpted styling that softens off the square silhouette. The interior also boasts an attractive design, with a simple layout and a large screen for the media system along with Apple and Android smartphone connectivity. Options for the Viva include cruise control and a sunroof, plus heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Vauxhall is promoting this new city car as a tough, practical and affordable entry-level model, though those with a budget of around £7,000 could get themselves the keys to the much larger, though more basic, Dacia Logan MCV estate if space is top of the agenda.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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