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Vauxhall sub-Corsa city car by 2013

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General Motors has confirmed that Vauxhall will introduce a sub-Corsa-sized city car by 2013, and hasn’t ruled out alternatively fuelled derivatives.

Expected to be based on the Opel Trixx concept from the 2004 Geneva Motor Show (pictured), the new city car is codenamed Made in Eisenach, and represents the recent £76m investment in the Eisenach plant in Germany, which currently builds the three-door Corsa.

Initially coy on revealing the plans at a press event at the plant, Vauxhall/Opel chief Nick Reilly commented: “Our 90 million euro investment in the Eisenach plant will significantly strengthen its role within our European manufacturing network, and will offer customers a brand new model with innovative technology and exciting design."

Vauxhall has stated in the past that it believes the future of motoring lies within its extended range technology, at least until a viable electric vehicle infrastructure is in place.

This combination of a petrol engine and electric motor – like in the forthcoming Ampera – would therefore seem the most likely alternatively fuelled version of the new city car.

Prices for the Made in Eisenach city car are expected to start at around the £9,500 mark, but the company is yet to confirm this.