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The new Viva will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, GM Europe has confirmed. The new city car – Vauxhall Viva in the UK and Opel Karl in Europe – was revealed online late last year. Vauxhall made a Viva from 1963 to 1979 while the Opel is named after founder Adam Opel’s eldest son.

Effectively replacing the Agila and sitting below the fancy Adam, the 3,680 mm A-segmenter is motivated by a 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine that feeds 75 PS to the front wheels through a five-speed manual. The Ecotec unit first appeared in the Adam Rocks and the new Corsa, but this state of tune is unique to the Viva.

Like stablemates Adam and Corsa, the Viva is fully-connected thanks to the IntelliLink infotainment system, which allows seamless integration of Apple iOS and Android devices.

Standard safety kit includes ESP, traction control, hill start assist and ABS with EBD, while options include heated front seats and steering wheel, fog lamps, a sunroof, cruise control, park assist and lane departure warning. There’s also a City mode that reduces steering effort at the push of a button.

The Vauxhall Viva/Opel Karl is set to go up against the likes of the Renault Twingo, Hyundai i10, Smart forfour, Peugeot 108, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo in the European city car arena when it goes on sale.