• Dec 7th 2009 at 4:32PM
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General Motors has declared that Opel needs a minicar, a tiny little thing that can compete with runabouts like the Ford Ka and Peugeot 107. That's a fine sentiment here at the starting line, but to get to the finish GM will need to keep Opel running smoothly, get its Spark firing quickly (if indeed it aims to use that as an Opel), and lure some eyeballs away from the two dozen minicars currently in the segment and the ones on the way from the likes of Volkswagen and Toyota.

Opel showed off the Trixx Concept (pictured) five years ago, but it was left out back to die in favor of the Spark. Five years on, the Spark hasn't arrived, meanwhile the Ford Ka has solidified its position with 500,000 sales in the UK alone over the last 13 years, the equally cheap and cuter-than-kittens Fiat 500 is still winning awards and stealing hearts and the VW Up! is banging drums.

When Magna was going to purchase Opel it said it would have a minicar for the brand by 2012. GM gave no timeline for its arrival, but did say that it was also looking at battery-powered electric cars -- possibly an electric Spark with the help of Reva? Whatever it is -- as long as it's good -- it can't come too soon.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      As already noted - Agila has existed in this segment for ages - not particularly successfully but still been there. As for the Ka, it's been a success in the UK but a pretty complete failure everywhere else, so hardly a positive example. So much so that the second generation needed co-development with Fiat (Panda, 500), in order for the platform to be financially viable at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Trixx is far better looking than the Spark. The Trixx has a more solid stance, and its crisp lines look more tasteful than cartoonish swoops and bulges on the Spark. Oh well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I actually like the Spark better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yep, looks good.

      but it should stay like this.
      but with 5 bolt rims, like some of the competition has.
      some tweaking under the Opel emblem on the hood.
      i like the vent holes on the hood.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Try counting the bolts on those rims in the pic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i know i've put it wrong.
        but i saw it afterwards.

        i ment to indicate, that many times the present the car with 5 and afterwards sell it with 4.
        in my view this makes the car instantly a bit smaller.
        : (
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it should come standard with pedal power...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another reason why selling Opel would have been a bad, bad thing for GM.

      Looks like it would make a very good city-car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        right. but the agila is also called a microvan-which makes it a competitor of kei-cars. the ka is an agile 3 door hatch, and the agila...well, it's not that sporty.
        if this isn't the point i dont know any other reasons why opel should need another small car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every time I see one of these clown cars, I hear circus music playing in my head! ENOUGH!
        • 5 Years Ago
        that was funny

        but I'm going to downgrade you since all I will hear in my head everytime I see one of this from now on is clown music. you had to say it ........
      • 5 Years Ago
      5 years late to the game, i wish gm didn't suck so hard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If wishes were horses, the beggars would ride... if gm had listened, they wouldn't be fried....
        spilt milk blah blah blah...
        now bring back the big RWD Opel, GM...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't Opel already have the Agila citycar, based on the Suzuki Splash? That's almost a kei-sized car... how much smaller do they want?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, but the article says that GM wants an Opel competitor to the Ka and 107... which is just about where the Agila is, sizewise...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what this will look like with a Buick grille.
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