Vauxhall boss confirms low-cost Dacia rivals in development

Vauxhall boss confirms Dacia-rivals in development

As part of its European revival plans Vauxhall will look to rival the Dacia Sandero and Duster models with its own entry-level hatchback and small SUV

Vauxhall boss Karl-Thomas Neumann has confirmed the company is planning a new line of entry-level vehicles to rival the likes of Dacia.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Neumann said the budget sector was “very interesting,” and confirmed the brand was “definitely looking at the segment.”

The plan involves bringing in two new low-cost models to plug the gap left by Chevrolet, which will be axed from the European market next year.

One of the cars has already been spotted testing, and is likely to be badged as Viva when it makes its debut at the Geneva motor show in March next year.

Sitting alongside the Adam and below the new Corsa in size, the car is based on the next-generation Chevrolet Spark and is likely to be priced close to the £5995 Dacia Sandero.

“We think there is possibility for Opel to come up with some entry-level product, specifically now Chevrolet is out of the market,” said Neumann. “We had Chevrolet, which looked like a budget brand, but it was not.”

Neumann also confirmed that GM is eyeing up a small SUV to sit alongside the new Viva in its budget line-up. That model is likely to be pitched against the Dacia Duster.

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