If you are still gawping at the Ferrari FXX K, then so are we, but the realities of life go on and it doesn’t get much more depressingly real than Vauxhall’s latest city car, the new Viva, a budget car designed to appeal to people who think the Corsa and Adam are too big.
The Viva hopes to take on the Citroen C1, Fiat 500 and Hyundai i10 in the battle for budget friendly motoring. The Viva will stick to the 1.0-litre, 74bhp engine shared by the Corsa and Adam but come in priced at around £10k when it goes on sale next year.
Power from that little engine will feed the front wheels and a five speed manual gear box will twin everything together.
Smartphone users will benefit from smartphone compatibility via the Viva’s IntelliLink infotainment system which integrates Apple and Android syncing technology and it will even have advanced features such as optional lane departure technology. Want a heated steering wheel? its only an optional extra away.
For those who hate the heavy handed nature of a heavy steering when parking the Viva even has that one covered. The steering will lighten at a push of a button so you can park without feeling as though you are lifting weights. The Viva also comes equipped with ESP, ABS and Hill Start Assist as standard.
The Viva is set to be built in South Korea and is seen by Vauxhall’s GM overlords as a replacement for the Chevrolet Spark and will be based on a new GM vehicle architecture.
The Chevrolet brand will withdraw from Europe by next year and GM see the Viva as a replacement for the Chevrolet Spark. The Viva will have what Vauxhall are saying is a class leading chassis and steering setup.