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SCOOP: Opel's New Junior Mini Spotted Out in the Wild a Year Before Launch

    It has been known for a while now that General Motor's European subsidiary Opel, is preparing to enter the increasingly popular mini car category with a new model currently codenamed Junior.

    Taken during testing on public roads in Germany, these are some of the best spy shots we have of the upcoming Opel / Vauxhall Junior that will launch as a three-door hatchback.

    The baby Opel model will slot beneath the Corsa supermini and is expected to measure around 3,700mm, meaning that it will be slightly longer than the Fiat 500 (3,546mm) which is believed to be one of its closest rivals.

    General Motors Europe president Nick Reilly has said that the Junior will be an "upmarket" proposal in the small car segment.

    "We're not interested in putting a small car out just to grow market share," Reilly recently said in an interview with Autonews. “The new car will have a premium price for its segment”.

    Reilly has also revealed that the Junior will make its world premiere in 2012, either at the Geneva Motor Show in March, or more likely, the Paris Salon in September.

    As a more premium product, the Junior will benefit from several technological features usually found in larger vehicles as well as a new generation of diesel and gasoline engines that will later on be offered in the Corsa.


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