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Adam - The chic New Vauxhall

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Vauxhall have inroduced the new Adam car designed to go head on with Fiat 500 and MINI.Based on shortened Corsa platform .A striking element of the Adam’s design is the ‘floating’ effect for the roof, which is achieved by painting the pillars and roof a separate colour to the bodywork.

At its launch, the Adam will be offered with a choice of three four-cylinder petrol engines, which are taken from the current Corsa. The base engine is a 69bhp 1.2-litre unit. Two 1.4-litre engines are also offered, with 86bhp and 99bhp.

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Standard kit includes ESP with a Hill Start Assist function, front, side and curtain airbags and a City mode for the steering that increases the electric power steering’s assistance at lower speeds.

Among the high-end options being offered for the Adam is an Advanced Park Assist II system, the first time that it will have appeared in a Vauxhall. The system helps to detect a space that the car can squeeze into and then steers the car into it, with the driver controlling the pedals and gearbox.

( source - Autocar.co.uk)

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While the Adam definitely is chic, as have the Corsa and the Astra in the recent past. The only problem is that the vehicle reminds me too much of the Fiat 500. WIth GM's previous share in Fiat, I wouldn't be surprised if there's platform/component sharing to a large extent from Fiat for this vehicle. Opel/Vauxhall will find it difficult to break into the 500/Mini mould because of their well known financial issues.

Then again, if one looks back a few years, Fiat was in a similar situation in 2005-06, when the Grande Punto and the Fiat 500 resurrected Fiat to what it is today.

The floating roof is definitely a nice touch.

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