Vauxhall/Opel’s new three-door city car will use the company’s latest parts and gadgets and will overlap on price with the Corsa.
The company will use parts will come from the Corsa and Astra and the focus inside will be on sophisticated infotainment systems to ensure it has a premium feel.
Build volume will be 80,000-90,000 units a year and will be produced at Opel’s Eisenach plant following a 90 million euro (£79.4m) investment in the facility by General Motors Europe.
Vauxhall/Opel has been evaluating the possibility of creating a new city car for some time.
In February of this year, the company announced that a city car would be previewed by a concept car at this year’s Paris motor show.
That car was due to be placed in direct competition with the Ford Ka and Volkswagen Up, and would have seen an electric variant as part of the range.
It did not surface in Paris, but the company had already announced at the end of September that production would begin in 2013.
The new city car has been codenamed ‘Made in Eisenach’ and is described by Opel/Vauxhall as “a small-sized fuel-efficient car” that doesn’t “compromise on technology, design or convenience”.
“This is a further milestone in the growth strategy for our business,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly at the time.
“Our 90 million euro investment in the Eisenach plant will significantly strengthen its role within our European manufacturing network, and will offer customers a brand-new model with innovative technology and exciting design.”