RUSSELSHEIM - Adam Opel AG and Suzuki Motor Co. have taken the wraps off the mini-multipurpose vehicles they have developed in their joint venture in Europe.
The Opel Agila will be assembled at Opel's new plant at Gliwice, Poland, while the Suzuki MR-Wagon will be built in Hungary. The Agila and MR-Wagon each has its own hood and grille designs, along with other trim differences. The Agila will be badged as a Vauxhall for the United Kingdom.
The Opel model will be available with two ECOTEC gasoline engines: a three-cylinder, 1.0-liter 12-valve delivering 58 hp and a four-cylinder 1.2-liter 16-valve with 75 hp. The Agila goes on sale next summer and fills a hole in General Motors' line in the European sub-B, or super-mini, segment.
Sources said Suzuki postponed a press trip to the Hungarian factory, and it desperately wanted to show the MR-Wagon at the Frankfurt auto show in September. Although Suzuki officials would not admit it, sources say both events were put off at the insistence of GM, which wanted to announce its car first.
The MR-Wagon debuted at the Tokyo show last month. The vehicle is slightly larger than Suzuki's highly successful Wagon R, which is sold in Japan.