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The Opel Agila is a city car produced by German automaker Opel since 2000. It is badged as a Vauxhall in the United Kingdom and as a Suzuki in many markets.
The first-generation Agila was a rebadged version of the Suzuki Wagon R+, which was produced in Japan. The Agila's Opel-sourced 1.0 and 1.2-litre petrol engines were smaller than the European-market 1.3-litre found in the European-market Wagon R+, but were more powerful and refined. Equipment levels, low asking prices and running costs also contributed towards the Agila's success.
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The Agila was built at a General Motors factory in Gliwice, Poland. The Suzuki Wagon R+ was built at the Suzuki plant in Esztergom, Hungary until 2004, and since January 2005 has also been built in Poland.
While many city cars such as the Ford Ka, Volkswagen Lupo, Fiat Seicento and Renault Twingo come with just three doors, the Agila came with five. It was as tall as Korean city cars such as the Hyundai Atos and Kia Picanto. The high roof-line and boxy image suited Japanese tastes of getting the most from a car of the smallest size. This however seriously affects the handling and ride of the car. If taken into a corner too quickly, it has serious amounts of body roll and wobbles side to side when driven next to large trucks or in cross-winds. But the car was not made for the circuit or motorways, but for city use, like Tokyo. The vehicle is ideal for the budget family motorist or for transporting tall people.
The second-generation Agila was officially announced on May 15, 2007, and was presented at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Suzuki sells this model as the Splash. The car is 200mm (7.9in) longer than its predecessor, that is bigger than traditional city cars and similar to small superminis and mini MPVs like the Peugeot 1007, Toyota Yaris, Renault Modus and Nissan Micra.
Petrol engines are a three cylinder 1.0-litre 65hp (48kW) and a four cylinder 1.2-litre 86hp (64kW), and the diesel unit a four cylinder 1.3-litre 75hp (56kW) with common rail technology.
The (Vauxhall) Agila comes in three different trim levels: Expression, Club, and Design. The Expression is the entry-level model with prices from £7595. For a basic model, it still comes with ABS, driver and passenger front and side airbags, speed sensitive power steering, CD player and immobiliser. The Club has all of the features of the Expression, but with extras like: MP3 CD player, remote central deadlocking, trip computer, audio controls on steering wheel, front fog lights and electric front windows. The price range for the Club is from £8485 to £10495. The top-of-the-range model, the Design, is the most comfortable and practical choice of the range. It comes with air conditioning, privacy glass, leather steering wheel, MP3 CD player, all of the airbags as the other models, adjustable front seats, remote central locking, electric front windows, electric adjustable and heated door mirrors and front fog lights. Being the more desirable model, it is also the most expensive, with prices ranging from £9595-£11195 The (Opel) Agila comes in "Essentia" and "Enjoy" which are based on the Expression and Club Vauxhall models.
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