Opel Adam

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Opel Adam
Small three-door car with alloy wheels
Also calledVauxhall Adam (United Kingdom)
Model years2013–2019
AssemblyGermany: Eisenach (Opel Eisenach GmbH)
DesignerDarren Luke
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style3-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformSCCS platform
RelatedOpel Corsa
Engine1.0 L B10XFL/XFT I3 turbo (petrol)
1.2 L A12XEL (LWD) I4 (petrol)
1.4 L A14XEL (L2Z) I4 (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed Easytronic automated manual
Wheelbase2,311 mm (91.0 in)
Length3,698 mm (145.6 in)
Width1,720 mm (67.7 in)
Height1,484 mm (58.4 in)
Curb weight1,086–1,135 kg (2,394–2,502 lb)
PredecessorOpel Agila
SuccessorOpel Corsa F
Opel Mokka B

The Opel Adam[1][2] is a city car engineered and produced by the German car manufacturer Opel, and is named after the company's founder Adam Opel. It was sold under the Vauxhall marque in the United Kingdom. It was launched in France at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, with sales starting in the beginning of 2013.

On 10 October 2018, Opel and its British subsidiary, Vauxhall, announced that in order to optimise its model lineup and focus on high volume segments, the company would retire its Adam, Karl, Cascada and Viva models after the end of their life cycles, in approximately one year.

No successor model will replace the Adam, as the company announced intentions to focus on SUVs, notably a new Opel Mokka, as part of a strategy to increase company SUV sales from 25% to 40% by 2021. On 29 April 2019, the Opel and Vauxhall website configurator for new Adam cars was replaced by a list of available stock; production came to an end on 3 May 2019.

It was initially rumoured the model would be called the Allegra or Junior.[3]


Rear view
Vauxhall Adam
Vauxhall Adam Rocks

The car was available in three different trim levels and a wide choice of exterior colours, as well as three roof colours, different interior colours, decors and various headliners. The Adam is claimed to have over 61,000 combination possibilities for the exterior and over 82,000 for the interior. Production began at the Eisenach plant in Germany in January 2013, beside the Corsa.

The Adam is based on a shortened version of the Corsa D platform. The three door hatchback measures 3.70 metres in length and 1.72 metres in width, and seats four people.[4]


The Opel Adam won the Red Dot Car Design Award in April 2013.[5] In November 2012, Auto Zeitung readers in Germany voted for Opel Adam as the number one city car.[6] In the 38th Readers’ Choice Award of the trade magazine Auto Motor und Sport, the car won the mini car category with 24.2 percent of the votes, beating the Volkswagen Up (23.9 percent) and the Mini (16.6 percent).[7]


From launch, there were a choice of two engines: 1.2 L 70PS (124 g/km CO2), and 1.4 L with 87 PS and 100 PS (129 g/km CO2). All engines are available in ecoFLEX mode with lower CO2 emission, 1.2 ecoFLEX with 118 g/km and 1.4s with 119 g/km. From spring 2014, Opel introduced a 1.0 three cylinder SIDI Turbo engine.[8]

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 (g/km) Year
1.2 ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,229 cc 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) @5,600 rpm 115 N⋅m (85 lb⋅ft) @4,000 rpm 115 2012–2019
1.4 ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,398 cc 87 PS (64 kW; 86 hp) @6,000 rpm 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) @4,000 rpm 119 2012–2019
100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @6,000 rpm 130 N⋅m (96 lb⋅ft) @4,000 rpm 119 2012–2019
1.0T SIDI S/S I3 998 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @4,000–6,000 rpm 170 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) @1,800–3,600 rpm 99 2014–2019
115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @5,000–6,000 rpm 170 N⋅m (125 lb⋅ft) @1,800–4,700 rpm 99 2014–2019


Model 1.6 Ecotec 16V
Number of cylinders R4
Engine displacement (cm³) 1,598
Max. power (kW/PS) 103/140 at 6,500
Max. torque (Nm) 160 at 4,700
Top speed (km/h) up to 185
Tank 42 litre
Price without VAT 24,900 EUR

(Source: Opel Magazine)

Adam R2[edit]

Opel presented the study of the Adam R2 for the FIA Rally Regulations R2 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. It is largely based on the Adam Cup. The Adam R2 is powered by a 1.6 litre naturally aspirated engine making 182 hp (136 kW) and 140 lb⋅ft (190 N⋅m) of torque. Three cars were entered into the 2015 European Rally Championship.

Adam S[edit]

In 2014, Opel presented a road-legal sport version of the Adam R2 Rally Car – the Opel Adam S[9] – powered by a 1.4 L turbocharged engine which generates 150 HP. The car makes 0–100 km/h in 8.5 seconds.


Opel had planned to sell between 40,000 and 50,000 units a year in Europe, and sold over 45,000 in its first year, though sales were still in start up mode in the first two months of 2013.[10] Year over year, sales increased every month in the first four months of 2014.

The Opel Adam was not sold in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, Chile as well as in CIS countries. Singapore was one of the few markets outside Europe which sold the Opel Adam.[11]

Calendar year Europe[12]
2012 429
2013 45,756
2014 54,207
2015 55,278
2016 52,938
2017 48,181
2018 41,817
2019 31,129


  1. ^ "Opel ADAM: Just Unique" (Press release). GM Media Europe. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Opel Junior Opus 2: "REVELATION"". Ebook.gmeuropearchive.info. Archived from the original (Adobe Flash) on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  3. ^ Beissmann, Tim (27 April 2012). "Opel Adam spy shots". Drive. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Vauxhall Adam Press Kit". Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Opel international - Product & Company Information, News, Experience, Excitement". Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Double win for Opel: ADAM and Ampera awarded "Auto Trophy"". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  7. ^ "The Best Cars 2014: Opel ADAM Wins Major Readers' Choice Award". Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  8. ^ "New All-Aluminum 3-Cylinder Turbo Sets Refinement Benchmark". media.gm.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  9. ^ "150HP Opel Adam S". Auto-Power-Girl.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  10. ^ "With Adam, Opel hopes to prove it can build a money-making minicar in Germany". Automotive News. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Opel Adam in Singapore". Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Opel / Vauxhall Adam European sales figures". carsalesbase.com. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2020.

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