The Vauxhall ADAM is now available to order priced from £11,225 to £14,000, with the first cars arriving in the showrooms towards the end of Febraruy 2013.
Initially there will be the choice of three petrol engines (1.2-litre 70PS, 1.4-litre 87PS and 1.4-litre 100PS) all of which are available with Start/Stop technology. The most economical ADAM achieves a combined 56.5mpg and emits just 118g/km. Later in its life ADAM will also be the first Vauxhall to adopt the new generation small petrol engine featuring direct injection and forced induction plus an all-new six speed gearbox.
All cars come as standard with Hill Start Assist (HSA) which automatically applies the car’s brakes on a gradient, until the driver releases the clutch pedal to move away.
The Vauxhall ADAM is all about ‘slick’ marketing terms, ACROYMNS and branding with names such as the ADAM SLAM – we guess appealing to a younger audience. With exterior decal packages entitled JAM Splat, GLAM Fly and SLAM Stripes which can be applied to door mirrors and the sides and roof of the car.
There are three trims – JAM (fashionable /colourful) – priced from £11,255, GLAM (elegant/sophisticated) – priced from £12,650 and the range topping SLAM (racy/sporty) – costing from £13,150. There are 20 different wheel designs, over a dozen interior shades, and 12 different body colours, some of which are unique to ADAM. With colour names like ‘Purple Fiction’, ‘I’ll be Black’ and ‘Men in Brown’.
The three-door ADAM has a footprint of 3700 mm long with a wheelbase 2311 mm. The tracks are 1485 mm at the front and 1478 mm at the rear which according to Vauxhall give the car a planted, solid stance, whilst offering excellent on-road stability.
Vauxhall are introducing their ‘IntelliLink’ infotainment system to the ADAM range – it allows drivers to control certain aspects of the car from their smartphone with a number of applications. For example, a navigation system app will be made available, which offers maps for Western and Eastern Europe. This app will be available in the car via the IntelliLink touch-screen allowing owners to follow guidance whilst driving, but as the app always remains on the phone, owners will also have the added benefit of continued guidance should they wish to complete journeys by foot or bike.
You can even specify your ADAM with Advanced Park Assist II, which can tell the driver when they reach a parking space large enough to accommodate the car. The system then automatically steers them into the parking space, with the driver only needing to control the brake, clutch and gears. APA II uses ultrasonic sensors to work its magic, and always comes in combination with Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA).
The Vauxhall ADAM is set to be the benchmark in compact cars and will benefit from Vauxhall’s Lifetime Warranty.Published 27 September 2012