Viva la Viva!

The Vauxhall Viva disappeared from Britain in 1979 and has retained a place in the UKs collective motoring memories ever since, although not always positive memories.

Thirty-five years later Vauxhall is ready to bring the name back, attached to the back of a boxy, five-door hatchback based on the Chevrolet Spark.
Powered by the 1.0-litre engine that was introduced in the Adam, the 60-ish bhp output will ensure excellent economy with decent city-based performance, although forget trying to set lap records at the Nurburgring.

Vauxhall is promising very competitive pricing, so should be cheaper than the outgoing Agila. Expect a starting price of around £7,000.

The Viva name was used until 1979 on the last purely Vauxhall model. From then on all cars have been badge-engineered Opel cars. The Viva name will be UK specific once again, although the same car will carry a different name in Europe.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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