Vauxhall confirms new convertible for 2013

The convertible, the expected replacement for the Astra Twintop convertible, will be built at the plant in Gliwice, Poland, and will join the Vauxhall Astra, Astra Sports Tourer and Astra GTC in the range.

"The new Convertible will be a great addition to our product lineup," said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly. "It follows the long-standing tradition of highly emotional and legendary Opel/Vauxhall Cabrios that provided important halo effects on our brand. With its sleek and elegant design, our new Convertible will fully deliver on that same promise."

The vehicle has not been named and Vauxhall promises more details will be announced closer to the launch date in 2013, however, it is likely to boast the same design seen on the new Zafira MPV and all-new Astra-based Ampera, the firm’s first extended-range electric vehicle.

The new Vauxhall cabriolet will be launched at the same time as Vauxhall’s new ‘chic and stylish’ small car, which will sit below the Corsa in the Vauxhall range.

The future small city car is expected to replace the Agila in the Vauxhall line up as the GM-owned brand targets the lucrative urban small car market and a younger buyer.

Both cars are being built as part of an 11 billion Euro investment pledge by Vauxhall to overhaul its product range, which started with the new Zafira and updates to the Corsa and Antara SUV this year.