According to a report issued by Autocar UK, General Motors is developing two new small cars that will join the Corsa in the Vauxhall/Opel line-up by the middle of this decade.
Branded as a rival to the premium MINI vehicles, the new GM cars are said to be labeled internally as being “fun and fashion”, two similar traits found in the MINI spirit.
The project is being handled by GM’s Asian division. Autocar says that Opel engineers will have some input on the project, indicating the MINI rival will be sold under the Opel/Vauxhall badge.
Design boss Taewon Kim told Autocar that final styling for the new MINI rival, which will go on sale in 2013, has not yet been signed off.
No word on what engine might power the new model, but GM’s new 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder could be one of the choices.