General Motors readying MINI rival

Rumors | November 13th, 2010 by 8
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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 …

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.

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Vauxhall Concept

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.

8 responses to “General Motors readying MINI rival”

  1. j.bavarianbmw says:

    This car will never see the roads. GM has pulled this stunt before with the promise of the Volt. Thanks to the United Auto Workers greed over the past 50 years that car would have cost $37,000 plus on the showroom floor. GM needs to face the hard reality, they are a dying relic of yesteryear.

  2. X5SoB says:

    Ouch! Anyway, Horatiu, the pic you labeled a Vauxhall concept has an Opel badge on it.

    • Laszlo says:

      Vauxhall and Opel are the same thing. UK still can not give up the stupid old Vauxhall name and re-labels everything. It has been Opel since the 90’s… no real Vauxhall model produced for 15+ years. It would be better to kill that name since its a one market only.

      The car looks like a rival car to a Ford Ka and Mitsubishi Colt and some other tiny little cars from Japan and Europe. The Mini is not a tiny car like this or the other small tiny boxes they want to compete with it . The Mini is small but not tiny, nor does its price tag.

      it will never be a rival of the mini.

      • X5SoB says:

        I know Opel an Vauxhall are the same! I was just was telling Horatiu that he needed to edit his labeling.
        And you’re right, this is not a direct competitor to the MINI Cooper.

  3. Hugo Becker says:

    It may compete with the Mazda2, Yaris, Versa, & Fit (US market names), but it doesn’t echo an historical vehicle like the Mini or the new Fiat 500.

    Maybe it’s GM’s Aston Martin Cygnet fighter. ; -)

  4. Steve says:

    I always had a soft spot for vauxhall/opel. I used to have a vauxhall carlton 2.0i estate. It was RWD :) and had an overdrive button

  5. pimeto says:

    Those headlights look like the new BMW 6 ones!

  6. John says:

    This must be a very very early April fools Joke?
    That should rival the Mini? Not even Audi A1 managed till now to challenge the Mini’s.
    Stay what you Armies do best and that is building BIG Metal Box with Wheel on it.

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