|Also called||Vauxhall Viva (HD, fourth generation)|
VinFast Fadil (Vietnam)
|Assembly||South Korea: Changwon (GM Korea)|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||City car (A)|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive|
|Platform||Global Small Vehicles|
|Engine||1.0 L B10XF I3 (petrol)|
|Wheelbase||2,385 mm (93.9 in)|
|Length||3,675 mm (144.7 in)|
|Width||1,698 mm (66.9 in)|
|Height||1,476 mm (58.1 in)|
|Kerb weight||939 kg (2,070 lb)|
The Opel Karl is a city car designated by the German manufacturer Opel as their entry model for the line up. It is a rebadged version of GM Korea's Chevrolet Spark, itself a rebadging of the erstwhile Daewoo Matiz. The Karl replaced the Agila in December 2014. In the United Kingdom, it has been marketed as the Vauxhall Viva since December 2014.
The car is built in South Korea, with a starting price in the United Kingdom of under £8,000, and fuel consumption reaching 4.3 L/100 km (66 mpg‑imp). While it is of South Korean origins, its 1.0 L (999 cc) three-cylinder direct injection engine making 55 kW (75 PS) is from the Opel engine family.
Although the Karl's dimensions are very similar to its predecessor, it is 115 mm (4.5 in) lower, making it almost the same size as the more expensive three-door Opel Adam.
The Opel Karl is not sold in all markets in Europe. It is not sold in Norway, Sweden, any ex-USSR countries, Malta, Eastern Balkans (incl. Bulgaria and Romania), Greece, Turkey, nor Cyprus.
The Opel Karl had its second world premiere held in Rijeka, Croatia, back in 2015. In October 2018, it was announced that the production of the Karl and Viva will be discontinued by the end of 2019.
New Vietnamese car company VinFast has licensed the Opel Karl from General Motors, to produce their first city car. The front of the car will be restyled to match the new VinFast brand style. Early vehicles will be manufactured in South Korea, but in 2019, production will be in VinFast's own facilities in Haiphong.
The Viva range includes the base SE model, the SE A/C (which has air conditioning as standard, hence the name) and the top SL.
The range has a high level standard specification compared to similar vehicles from other manufacturers, including a lane departure warning system, cruise control, speed limiter, trip computer (instant MPG, average MPG, average speed, stop watch and trip computer), tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability program and traction control, front fog lamps and cornering lamps.
The SL offers digital climate control, partial leather trim and alloy wheels. Options include an electronically operated glass sunroof, a touch screen entertainment system (replacing the 300/300BT stereo unit) and a "Winter Pack" comprising heated seats, steering wheel, and door mirrors.
|Body and chassis|
Fadil's tire by Continental
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