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Saturday 25 October 2014

New Opel Adam is putting the You into unique

WHOEVER said the Germans can't do fun were wrong.

Just take a look at Opel's newest creation and tell me it's not rock 'und' roll?

Yes, the three-door city car called Adam (after the founding father of the brand) puts the F into funky, the U into unique and the N into novel.

Billed as the most individualised car on the market today, the little fashionista comes in has none other than one million different variations.

To achieve this there are 12 body colours, three separate roof tints, 31 wheel designs, 6 interchangeable wheel clips and a design book full of wing mirror and side panel transfers.

Even the colours have groovy names like "I'll be Black", "James Blonde", "Buzz Lightgreen" an my favourite -- "Pappa Don't Peach".

Inside there are four interior colours to choose from, 15 seat designs, 19 exclusive décor sets, some of which are backlit, 6 different headlines with three printed motifs.

Skyline

But the piece de resistance has to be the "Starlight" -- a skyline with blue clouds which features 67 LED lights scattered across the roof.

Design-wise the first thing that hits you is the floating roof which highlights the two-tone colour combination buffered by a chrome strip which gets thicker as it runs into the Adam badge on the rear flanks. Also for the first time in the A-segment model both the wing-shaped headlamps and the taillights are available with state-of-the-art energy-saving LEDs.

If that doesn't ignite your fire then the unprecedented level of clever technology for a car this size will.

Remote central locking and air con come as standard but a genius piece of kit called IntelliLink should save you a fortune on costly extras.

The brilliantly simple infotainment system integrates with both iPhone and Android-based smartphones incorporating special apps like BringGo navigation.

It downloads the app which can be accessed and operated by the 7 inch colour touch screen monitor in the centre of the dash board. It costs around €300 extra and we hear through the grapevine that the App will cost around €65.

Other innovative technologies which are unique to this segment are Park Assist (which will parallel park the car for you) heated steering wheel, Blind Spot Alert and Light Touch City Steering.

So it looks great but how does she drive?

Pretty well but don't expect hot hatch type figures with 0-100kph of between 12.5 and 15 seconds. Irish customers will have the choice of two petrol engines -- a 1.2 litre 70bhp 118g/km and a 1.4 litre 87bhp 119g/km (both Tax Band A). The only real blot on Adam's copybook is the lack of space both in the rear and the boot.

Prices are expected to be under €15,000.

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