Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Important Viva Has a Long Life

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Important Viva Has a Long Life

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VAUXHALL has opened the order book for its new city car, the Viva, which undercuts the cheapest Ford Ka by more than PS1,000!

Due here this summer, the newcomer will cost from just PS7,995, with the promise of economy in excess of 60mpg.

The car revives the company's Viva name that was last used 35 years ago, although in mainland Europe it will be known as the Opel Karl.

This is seen as a reinforcement of Vauxhall's commitment to the UK, which last used a different vehicle name from mainland Europe more than two decades ago.

By continuing with the Vauxhall name just for us, rather than switching to Opel, and even giving the car its own individual UK moniker, it signifies the importance that the motor manufacturer places on British buyers.

The newcomer's arrival also places Vauxhall in an almost invincible position in the small car sector, where it now has three models, comprising the Viva, Adam and Corsa, with the Insignia reigning supreme at the other end of the market.

Expected to have particular appeal among younger buyers, the Viva range consists of two trim levels of SE, and SL which are carried over from the original Vauxhall Viva. There are also Air Con and ecoFLEX versions of the SE trim, giving a choice of four versions in total.

Standard equipment on all models includes a tyre pressure monitoring system, city mode steering, lane departure warning, cruise control with speed limiter and front fog lights with cornering function are standard.

There is also traction control, cornering brake control, emergency brake assist, straight line stability control and hill start assist as standard across the range. All models get six airbags, AM/FM radio with aux-in and steering wheel controls, electric front windows, electric/ heated mirrors and remote central door locking.

Achieving 65mpg economy and a CO2 rating of 99g/km, the Viva SE ecoFLEX gains a front lip spoiler, extended rear spoiler with LED brake light and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres over the entry model. …

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