Two weeks ago we brought you some of the worst spy shots ever, revealing the forthcoming Opel Adam minicar. Today we've got more. These are remarkably better – yet still low res – shots of Opel's long-gestating competitor to the Volkswagen Up!

But hey, they're better than nothing, and at least we've finally got an undisguised look at exactly what Europeans will be getting from the German GM subsidiary when the Adam is revealed at the Paris Motor Show in the fall. We like the overall proportions, the wheels and the contrasting roof. While the front fascia isn't nearly as cute as the Fiat 500, at least it's not scowling. The one thing that rubs us the wrong way, however, is how off the front overhang looks, like it belongs on a larger car.

Of course, the caveat here is that these are hardly beauty shots so we'll not prematurely judge the Adam before we see it out in the real world. Check out all the images in our gallery.


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      moredanyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Opel 500, I've been waiting for you...
      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      way better looking that the fiat 500, smart, and the iq... good job GM/OPEL
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow...looks good and unique. i like
      vc-10
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not an Up competitor, it's more upmarket than that. It's more a competitor to the Mini or the 500. The Up is more basic than those cars, more of a city runaround and less of a 'proper' car. A closer competitor from VW would be the Polo, which while being larger will be lower specced.
      prez29
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one of the coolest looking cars in its' class. The red one looks like a ladybug. I LOVE ladybugs!
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 2 Years Ago
      I must be getting old, I dig it :)
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is too small to be sold as a Buick in America.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Too small? In what way? Because Buick drivers spend most of their time in Wendy's after church?
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mini, by Opel
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        This is the problem with being narrowly focused on a drive layout rather than understanding the reasons why cars are arranged as they are. With a city car, like the Adam, you want the drivetrain as compact as possible, in order to have as much space as possible in the cabin for people and their things. That's why all the competition is FWD, and why BMW is rumored to be going FWD for the next 1-series. There's no competitive advantage for the Adam going RWD. It would have less room, it wouldn't handle better - RWD doesn't really make a difference when we're talking a low powered car like the Adam, the advantages to the layout don't really kick in until over 150 hp to be honest. The disadvantages, however, come well into focus when you're talking about something as tiny as the Adam. Also, GM Europe losing money has a lot more to do with management than it does with your single-minded obsession with getting a RWD car. If the line went completely RWD GM Europe wouldn't suddenly be doing well - they actually sell a respectable number of cars, that's not the problem. Hell, it could just be some creative accounting to make GM America look like they're doing well, shuffling R&D costs to foreign subsidiaries. That makes more sense than your "they don't make an RWD car for me specifically!" theory.
        vc-10
        • 2 Years Ago
        Erm... does anyone sell a RWD small city car? The only RWD hatch I can think of is the BMW 1-series, which is way out of Opel's league in terms of brand strength (and a fair bit larger than this new Adam). The only companies selling many RWD cars are BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The major mass-market players, IE Ford, Opel, Volkswagen, Toyota, Renault, Peugeot etc, don't sell RWD cars. VW seem to be doing fine financially... GM's problem in Europe is that the cars aren't desirable or good enough. Why buy an Astra when you can buy a better Golf for the same amount of money? VW are mopping up Europe because they are making good cars at good prices, with a desirable badge. Photocopier salesmen drive Opels/Vauxhalls, which is the wrong image for them. GM are trying to position Opel as a semi-premium brand (IE, Volkswagen) and Chevy as a low-cost alternative (think Seat or Skoda). The Corsa competes with the VW Polo (not terribly well anymore, I grant you, but still) and the Aveo (AKA Sonic) competes with the Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza. At least that's what GM are trying for. Their problem is that the Chevy brand is still scarred by being Daewoos in drag, whereas Skodas are viewed as being bargain VWs.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      WAY better thant the POS Fiat, go GM!
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        Right...and where does GM get its turbodiesels from? Oh, yeah...Fiat
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart's and Fiat 500's baby. even the headlights look like that of the smart for two's!
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's too little too late for Opel. It clearly lacks the clever packaging solutions in the VW Up, due to its more conventional city car proportions. It' got nothing on the "italian flair" and rich heritage that made the Fiat 500 desirable. It's not part of a premium sub brand either, like the Citroen DS3 and future DS2. The problem is that Opel doesn't have the slightest 'premium image' in Europe. It doesn't have a flagship people would crave for and it doesn' thave storied nameplates (like 500, or DS, or Beetle) besides popular cars better known for reliability and resale value. Simply put, when it comes to a premium city car for image conscious customers, it's got nothing to back it up. Personally, I quite don't like its design overall. Its front end looks like something from the late 90s, and it looks plain odd from the rear. The side profile is ok, but mostly because it resembles the european Fiat 500-based Ford Ka.
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