Details regarding Opel/Vauxhall's upcoming city car have leaked out in spurts. Initially, we got word that the vehicle, which will be smaller than Opel's current subcompact Corsa, would make its grand entry in 2013 and target the likes of the Ford Ka, Volkswagen Up, Fiat 500, Mini Cooper – and any other vehicle competing in the upper class supermini segment. Then, we stumbled upon some info suggesting that Opel's minicar would later spawn a battery-powered version.
While none of the info above has dramatically changed, what was once thought to be a single vehicle slated for launch by Opel/Vauxhall in 2013 might now turn out to be two. Autocar reports that General Motors will launch the Mini-rivaling hatchback by 2013, but adds that the automaker intends to bolster the low end of its lineup with a budget-priced city car riding on an entirely different, cost-effective platform. The Mini-rival, internally labeled "fun and fashion," and the entry-level city car will be designed and engineered in South Korea. The duo should burst onto the scene in a few year's time, but first, GM has to give the nod to each vehicle's final design.