Vauxhall plans city car launch for 2013

Small, frugal city cars are increasingly popular in the UK with younger, city-based drivers preferring customisable, stylish city cars over larger models.

Vauxhall will join the segment early in 2013 when the car currently known as the Vauxhall Junior will be officially announced by the brand.

However, it will drop the ‘Junior’ name in favour of something more in keeping with the likes of the Vauxhall Corsa, new Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Meriva.

Sitting below the new Vauxhall Corsa in the line-up, the ‘Junior’ will be a four-seat, three-door city car measuring just 3.7 metres in length.

Designed for city driving, Vauxhall has promised ‘bright’ colours and customisable options both inside and out, while the interior has been described as upmarket with no ‘cheap stuff’, according to Vauxhall.

Expected to cost somewhere in the region of £8,000 to compete with the new Seat Mii, the Vauxhall Junior will also come with Vauxhall’s frugal petrol and diesel engines.

These could include Vauxhall’s Ecoflex diesels, which would bring CO2 levels below 100g/km and ensure the car qualifies for free UK road tax.

The new name for the Vauxhall city car will be announced on 8 May and a production version is expected to follow the concept shown above.

It will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in September before an estimated launch date early in 2013, according to Vauxhall.

The Vauxhall Junior will be the smallest car in Vauxhall’s range and will sit below the Vauxhall Corsa, the brand’s best-selling model, in the Vauxhall line-up.

However, it is not intended as a replacement for the taller, more practical Vauxhall Agila.

Vauxhall Junior price and specification details, along with a first look at the new car, will be announced closer to the launch date.