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Opel's bottom line suffers from a medical condition called "hemorrhaging" and investment bank Morgan Stanley isn't alone in believing that General Motors should let the German brand go. But they haven't seen the Opel Adam. The diminutive hatch that can come off as a little bulbous up front and busy all over depending on the angle of the photo has a welcoming presence in person. Of course, it's too much to ask that this one petite runabout reverse the fortunes of a company on the wrong side of profitability for more than a decade, but to our eyes, it's a great candidate to lead the charge.

Buyers of the Opel/Vauxhall warrior in the premium subcompact segment get a five-speed manual transmission tied to one of three gasoline engines in 69-, 86- and 99-horsepower classifications. Next year will see the introduction of the three-cylinder engines that GM has developed with its Chinese partner SAIC. In the UK, it will start at around £11,000 ($17k USD including Value Added Tax) and will find space in its tiny frame for features like stop/start, ESP, Hill Start Assist, airbags all around and dual-mode power steering.

The Jam, Glam and Slam trim lines will start hitting streets next year. For now there are high-res galleries and a press release below.


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      Julio B
      • 2 Years Ago
      make it a drop top like the Fiat 500c and it could be a cool little car.
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how customizable it is with all of the colour options. I would love to see this become part of the buick lineup here in North America and have these colour options spread across the line. I think it'd be cool to have the different coloured roof be a signature design theme for buick. It would be cool to see a regal, verano, maybe even the enclave with the different coloured roof that stretches down the pillars cause it adds a bit of a retro look while still looking really modern. If buicks were more customizable it would make them stand out a bit more. Anyone else think so?
        Thomas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thomas
        Here is what I mean, I Opel Adam-ified the Buick Regal -> http://i50.tinypic.com/33d856s.jpg
      vegasstyleguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick Kadett
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am trying to picture this with a Buick "face" for the North American market, and just not seeing it. A waterfall Buick grille would not work. Buick would need to go with a completely different style for this to work as a luxury city car. They may want to see what kind of reception they get with the $25k Buick Encore before deciding on going even smaller/cheaper.
      Mchicha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Given its based on on the best little mini car in Europe (corsa) This should be a stella addition to the line up.. Its probably best in class.
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM should bring this to the US as a(nother) premium minicar...but it will only work if they offer the same wealth of personalization options as they do in Europe.
      rocketmoose
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interior looks smart in white, but definitely not something I'd want to try and keep clean!
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      what about all the negative talk about opel. they actually developed the best platforms and some of the best gm products
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      It should come over as a Buick. To compete with the 500 and the mini. Nice looking car. GM import it here ASAP.
      mojonaut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Over-designed and derivative. The roofline from the Citro├źn C3 Pluriel, the nose of, dare I say it, the Porsche Cayenne. Even the "D" in the typeface on the number plate is pinched from one Audi stopped using a few years ago.
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this. A lot. It's the first minicar to have great styling other than Fiat.
      Hampton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Neat little compact city car. Good for commuting back and forth to work. At least the design is clean. Maybe GM North America could take a few lessons here and there.
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