Vauxhall has plans to release a new, budget city car based on the next-generation Chevrolet Sonic according to a new report from Autocar. The model is part of a new lineup of small cars from the brand, which will also include the next-gen Agila and the Adam.
We heard rumors of an affordable new city car from Opel/Vauxhall in December, when German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport revealed the two automakers may be working on a small car which would cost less than €10,000 ($13,722 USD). A badge-engineered Chevrolet/Opel/Vauxhall model makes more sense than ever right now, seeing as GM will pull Chevrolet out of Europe by next year.
The new Spark is being developed by General Motor’s South Korean arm and will share its platform with both Opel and Vauxhall variants. Autocar’s spy shots of the car show a familiar circular chrome badge poking out from the bottom of the camouflage on the grill, hinting that an Opel or Vauxhall badge may lie underneath.
Autocar says the new model could be launched as early as next year. Vauxhall hopes to compete with the affordable Dacia Sandero with the new car, which carries a base price of £5995 ($10,003 USD) in the UK.