It seems that the two sister brands have decided on this particular model to secure each one half of the human gender – Vauxhall has opted for Viva, a decisively feminine name while Opel goes for Karl – a Teutonic sounding male designation.
The British automaker Vauxhall announced the name of its future affordable city car – the a model that is supposed to slot in the brand’s line-up between the Adam and Corsa and take such low-cost offerings like Hyundai’s i10 and especially the Dacia Sandero.
Opel has also announced and teased its brother model, with the “Karl” name being a direct link to Adam Opel’s first son (beware, the brand can also give us new models named Wilhelm, Heinrich, Friedrich and Ludwig). The new car will effectively replace the not so successful Agila that was built in partnership with Suzuki.
“Karl is a short, snappy and catchy name that represents Opel brand values: German, emotional and approachable,” said Tina Müller, Chief Marketing Officer at Opel.
Because the duo – Viva and Karl – will only be officially presented next year during the Geneva Motor Show in March, details are scarce at the moment, but we can imagine that competing with offerings like the Sandero or Skoda’s Citygo will mean price comes ahead of styling. Karl could be based on the same SCCS platform as Adam and come with a more limited engine line-up that will feature a 1.2-liter and 1.4 liter petrol and possibly the new 1-liter turbo as a “flagship” option.