Currently reading: Vauxhall confirms it will axe Adam and Viva city cars
British firm plans to ramp up its electrified offerings, but it turns out the Viva is not forever

Vauxhall will axe its Adam and Viva city cars at the end of next year, as part of a range revamp that will involve launching an electrified variant of every model in its line-up by 2024.

The Adam has been on sale since 2013, with the similarly sized Viva (known on the continent as the Opel Karl) launched the following year. Vauxhall says that the decision not to replace either model is motivated by two reasons: first, to help its fleet CO2 compliance target; second, as part of a refined focus on high-volume segments.

Vauxhall had already culled the SUV-inspired Adam Rocks variant earlier this year, along with the Zafira Tourer and Astra GTC.

As part of those plans, Vauxhall will launch eight new or refreshed models by 2020, starting next year with the new Corsa and the successor to the Vivaro van, which will be sold in both commercial and passenger car guises. A successor to the Mokka X SUV will be launched in 2020.

An electric version of the new Corsa will also go on sale next year, ahead of likely deliveries in 2020, alongside a plug-in hybrid version of the Grandland X SUV. The latter vehicle will use the shared PSA Group PHEV powertrain that has recently been revealed.

Vauxhall says that it will have four electrified vehicles on offer by the end of 2020 as it works towards its 2024 goal.

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Blondieshaz53 10 October 2018

Vauxhall adam

I’m very disappointed they’re to stop making the Adam I r just bought one and I love mine. It’s very nippy, easy and fun to drive. 

Rollocks 10 October 2018

Big is beautiful

The selfishness of people who buy tiny cars like Viva and Adam never ceases to amaze me. Their 27mph max speed seems calculated to infuriate anyone unfortunate enough to be stuck behind one, and what do their owners do when they need to shift an oak desk, clear out their university digs or take some garden rubbish to the tip? That's right... they come begging to friends with reasonably sized cars. The sheer inflexibility of so-called 'city' cars means they are, in many respects, a wasteful indulgence.
MrJ 10 October 2018

Good riddance to this ghastly

Good riddance to this ghastly pair, especially the Adam.