The new Opel minicar has been so long in gestation that it has worn three names (so far). From the Junior and Allegra, we are now being told that it will now be called the Opel Adam, no doubt a nod to company founder Adam Opel.

Still clothed in enough camo to hide a barn, we can't tell much about how it looks, but with the latest spy shots we do know its sporting chops have been tested at the Nürburgring. That's a necessity since a longer version of the Adam's platform will go under the next Opel/Vauxhall Corsa. Beyond that, we aren't sure what will power it at launch but three-cylinder engines co-developed with SAIC are in the product pipeline. The electric version, however, has reportedly been canned.

At 3.70 meters, the Adam extends 15 cm beyond the Volkswagen Up! but is smaller than the Opel Agila. It is expected to go on sale in the Spring of 2013 for a base price of under €10,000 (Roughly $13,000 USD). If it does, that would be a turnabout from last year when former Opel chief Nick Reilly said the "Junior" would be an upscale mini and cost more than the larger Agila, which currently lists at €10,600 ($14k), but still wouldn't be a competitor to the Mini Cooper.

Stay tuned, for those and other mysteries will begin to be solved on May 8, which is when Opel will officially announce the car. So the rumors say. The showcase reveal will come at this year's Paris Motor Show.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad at all. This kind of car is what Buick needs to lower its average customer age. 1.4 turbo with 140 hp or 1.8 turbo with 190 hp. Done deal.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Right, Buick will take a car that sells for $13,000 overseas, make minor changes to it, and turn it around for >$20,000.
      Ejvind Andersen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aka Oliver
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't decide which name is worse, but I certainly wouldn't want to drive a car that shares the same name as my allergy medicine..lol
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front looks like a reborn Pontiac Aztek.
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      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Opel seems to be working the kinks out of this one. They need to be profitable though