Opel Karl

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Opel Karl
Opel Karl 1.0 ecoFLEX Exklusiv – Frontansicht, 28. Oktober 2015, Düsseldorf.jpg
Manufacturer Opel (General Motors)
Also called Vauxhall Viva (HD, fourth generation)
Production 2014–present
Model years 2015–present
Assembly South Korea: Changwon (GM Korea)
Designer Mark Adams
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Global Small Vehicles
Related Chevrolet Spark [1][2]
Engine 1.0 L B10XF I3 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,385 mm (93.9 in)
Length 3,675 mm (144.7 in)
Width 1,698 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,476 mm (58.1 in)
Kerb weight 939 kg (2,070 lb)
Predecessor Opel Agila
Opel Karl 1.0 ecoFLEX Exklusiv (Germany)

The Opel Karl is a city car designated by the German manufacturer Opel as their entry model for the line up. It replaced the Agila in December 2014. In the United Kingdom, it has been marketed as the Vauxhall Viva since December 2014.

It is named after Adam Opel's oldest son, Karl.[3][4] The model is closely related to the fourth generation Chevrolet Spark. The car is built in South Korea, with a starting price in the United Kingdom of under £8,000, and fuel consumption reaching 4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg‑imp) with a 1.0 L (999 cc) three cylinder direct injection engine making 55 kW (75 PS).[5]

Although the Karl's dimensions are very similar to its predecessor, it is 115 mm (4.5 in) lower, making it almost exactly the same size as the more expensive three door Opel Adam.

Vauxhall Viva[edit]

Vauxhall Viva
Vauxhall Viva Rocks

The Viva range includes the base SE model, the SE A/C (which has air con as standard, hence the name) and the top SL.[6]

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, stop watch 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.


  1. ^ "Vauxhall To Introduce New Brand Image, Small Cars – GM Authority". GM Authority. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Vauxhall Viva is coming back". Top Gear. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Opel Karl – Neuer Kleinwagen als Einstiegsmodell". Süddeutsche.de. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Neuer Opel Karl (2015): Erste Fotos vom Kleinwagen – autobild.de". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "New Opel KARL: World Premiere at the Geneva Motor Show" (Press release). General Motors. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Vauxhall VIVA | Equipment". Vauxhall Motors UK. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Opel Karl at Wikimedia Commons