Opel Karl

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Opel Karl
Small five-door car with alloy wheels, fog lamps, door mirrors, flush headlights, and a fuel-filler cap located on the right-hand side
2016 Vauxhall Viva SE
ManufacturerOpel (General Motors)
Also calledVauxhall Viva (UK)
VinFast Fadil (Vietnam)
2019–2022 (VinFast Fadil)
AssemblySouth Korea: Changwon (GM Korea)
Vietnam: Hai Phong (VinFast)
DesignerMark Adams
Quentin Huber (Karl Rocks)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCity car (A)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformGlobal Small Vehicles
RelatedChevrolet Spark (M400)[2][3]
Engine1.0 L B10XE I3 (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,385 mm (93.9 in)
Length3,675 mm (144.7 in)
Width1,698 mm (66.9 in)
Height1,476 mm (58.1 in)
Kerb weight939 kg (2,070 lb)
PredecessorOpel Agila
SuccessorOpel Corsa F

The Opel Karl (also known as the Vauxhall Viva and Vinfast Fadil) is a city car with a hatchback manufactured by GM Korea and marketed by Opel as a rebadged and restyled variant of the fourth-generation Chevrolet Spark, replacing the Suzuki-sourced Agila in Opel's range. Named after Adam Opel's eldest son Carl,[4][5] the city car was discontinued following the sale of Opel to PSA Group in 2019, the same year production in Vietnam started under license of a rebadged variant, the VinFast Fadil. General Motors marketed a rebadged variant in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall Viva - this resurrecting an old Vauxhall nameplate from the 1960s and 1970s.


The Karl is a rebadged and restyled variant of the fourth-generation Chevrolet Spark, manufactured in South Korea. With fuel consumption reaching 4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg‑imp), the Karl's 1.0 L (999 cc) three-cylinder direct injection engine making 55 kW (75 PS) is from the GM engine family.[6][7] Dimensionally very similar to its predecessor, it is 115 mm (4.5 in) lower, making it almost the same size as the more expensive three-door Opel Adam.

Equipment includes six airbags, ESC with hill start assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), electric power steering, cruise control, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic climate control, start-stop system, a seven-inch display with IntelliLink and OnStar systems, and optional - heated front seats, heated steering wheel, electric sunroof and 16-inch alloy wheels.[8][9]

The Opel Karl was not sold in all European markets. It was not regularly available in Norway,[10] Sweden,[11] CIS countries,[12][13] Malta,[14] Eastern Balkans (including Bulgaria[15] and Romania[16]), Greece,[17] Turkey,[18] nor Cyprus.[19]

The Karl had its second world premiere held in Rijeka, Croatia in 2015.[20] In October 2018, it was announced that the production of the Karl and Viva would be discontinued by the end of 2019.[21][22]

Vauxhall Viva[edit]

The Viva range includes the base SE model, the SE A/C (which has air conditioning as standard, hence the name) and the top SL.[23]

The range has a high level standard specification compared to similar vehicles from other manufacturers, including a lane departure warning system, cruise control, speed limiter, trip computer (instant MPG, average MPG, average speed, stopwatch and trip computer), tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability program and traction control, front fog lamps and cornering lamps.

The SL offers digital climate control, partial leather trim and alloy wheels. Options include an electronically operated glass sunroof, a touch screen entertainment system (replacing the 300/300BT stereo unit) and a "Winter Pack" comprising heated seats, steering wheel, and door mirrors.

VinFast Fadil[edit]

The Vietnamese car company VinFast licensed the Opel Karl from General Motors for their city car, the VinFast Fadil. As a rebadged variant of the Chevrolet Spark and Opel Karl, the grille is revised.[24] It was released in September 2019.[25] Early vehicles were manufactured in South Korea, but in 2019, production was started in VinFast manufacturing plant in Haiphong.[26]

In January 2022, VinFast announced it will stop producing vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) which included the Fadil by the end of 2022 to focus on research and development efforts on battery electric vehicles.[27]


2019 VinFast Fadil (2 airbags)
ASEAN NCAP scores[28]
Overall stars
Adult occupant 23.48/36.00
Child occupant 35.10/49.00
Safety assist 14.00/18.00


Year Europe[29] Vietnam[30]
Karl/Viva VinFast Vadil
2014 11
2015 28,638
2016 57,458
2017 49,516
2018 48,292
2019 47,504
2020 18,316[31]
2021 24,128[32]


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  26. ^ Huong, Kim (21 November 2018). "VinFast announces jaw dropping starting price for vehicles". Vietnam Investment Review. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  27. ^ Desk, HT Auto (6 January 2022). "Vietnam's indigenous carmaker VinFast to stop making ICE vehicles in a year". Hindustan Times Auto News. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
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  30. ^ "Vinfast Vietnam Sales". xeoto.com.vn. Archived from the original on 17 April 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  31. ^ "Vinfast Fadil Vietnam Sales 2020". xeoto.com.vn. Archived from the original on 15 April 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  32. ^ Khánh, Duy (12 January 2022). "VinFast Fadil bán hơn gấp đôi Hyundai i10, lật đổ ngôi vua doanh số của Toyota Vios sau 7 năm thống trị". AutoPro (in Vietnamese).

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