General Motors plans city car to rival Mini

The next generation of the Vauxhall Corsa supermini is underway and is expected to arrive in 2012. However, Autocar is now reporting a Mini-rivalling premium hatch will also be built for 2013.

Vauxhall currently doesn’t have a city car in its line-up, but fellow GM-owned brand Chevrolet does, with the Matiz city car being replaced by the slightly larger Spark earlier in 2010.

But with rival volume manufacturers such as Citroen releasing more premium models in the shape of the DS3, General Motors has seemingly decided to create their own premium hatch.

Developed on a new platform, it is reported the new city car will be designed and built in Korea and badged as a Vauxhall in the UK and an Opel car across Europe.

Originally, a concept of the city car was expected to be shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010, but it failed to appear.

Instead it will be introduced next year, with production set to begin in 2013. It is also a possibility that any new city car would be offered as an all-electric model as well.

This would follow the likes of the Fiat 500, which is expected to be offered as an electric car in the near future.

Although still a rumour, any new premium small car from Vauxhall would open up a new market for the manufacturer and continue its recovery after almost entering bankruptcy in 2008.