The Viva name has been dormant for some time, but a rumor from AutoExpress suggests that the Vauxhall Viva will turn after nearly 35 years.
In an interview, Vauxhall Chairman Tim Tozer told the publication, “We have a great car coming with a name that is entirely appropriate for the UK market.”
The Viva is expected to be based off the next-generation Chevrolet Spark. What’s most interesting about this new Vauxhall city car is that the nameplate will apparently not be shared with its Opel counterpart. Tozer explained: “A member of my team said, ‘This [name] could be a good idea [for the United Kingdom]—can we take it to Europe and see what they say?’ And they said yes, which I think is fantastic.”
It’s also fantastic news for British motorists who fear the Vauxhall name might be superseded by the Opel brand. “The Vauxhall brand has a resonance in [the British] market,” Tozer said, “and we would be absolutely bonkers to throw it away.”