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A convertible version of the Opel Adam city car is under development, according to senior officials within General Motors Europe.

UK publication Autocar reports the pint-sized Opel Adam Cabriolet could go on sale in Europe by the end of 2014 to rival the Fiat 500C and the Citroen DS3 Cabrio.

Like those two, the Adam Cabriolet is set to feature a folding material roof panel, keeping the doors and rear pillars of the hatchback intact in a measure that minimises development costs and production complexity and promises higher levels of structural integrity compared with a fully fledged convertible.

The three-door Opel Adam hatch made its international debut at September’s Paris motor show, sporting playful styling, a well-dressed interior with a range of technology features and offering customisation options designed to appeal to the car’s youthful target market.

The 3.7m-long city car is currently available with two different four-cylinder petrol engines in three states of tune: the entry-level 51kW/115Nm 1.2-litre, and 64kW/130Nm and 74kW/130Nm versions of the larger 1.4-litre. All are teamed to a five-speed manual transmission.

The Adam remains off the agenda for Opel Australia, however, with the local brand focusing on the larger Corsa to attract customers at the budget end of the market.

  • Tex

    I think this is a fantastic car with good looks and features; just a really pity they have given it uninspiring engines.

  • Pro346

    Looks cool!

  • Ted

    Engines will be good for a car of this size – compared to a new Corolla, this car would go better !

  • dave

    Should be considered by Opel Australia – would create buzz and get people in the showrooms

  • Kampfer

    Somehow this idea remained me the Honda Barina Cabrio…

    • Kampfer

      Holden… not “Honda”… late in the afternoon…

  • Zaccy16

    looks good, but according to over seas reviews (carbuyer and autocar) the car is more a fashion statement not a good car to drive, soggy handling and uninspiring engines according to these reviews!

    • Golfmother

      Correct , Car magazine bagged it same reasons.

  • gtrxuone

    Very retro looking.Good city runabout.Surprised by Opels slow start in Australia with there advertising and product range.At less than 4 metres will find parking spots around Sydney and Melbourne.

  • $29896495

    Looks cute. I fail to see how a canvas sun roof makes a convertible.

  • Al Tungupon

    These cars are quite trendy, but the Fiat 500 is a living classic and a male driver won’t lose any of his masculinity. However, Adam is a pathetic name for a car.

    • $29896495

      Adam is the name of the company founder.

  • LowRezFez

    Opel are off to a very slow start in Oz. Maybe too many buyers with poor ownership experiences with Vectras and Astras in the past? My bet is that when one cross shops a VW to an Opel, the VW comes up as a more appealing buy as well as a lack of brand recognition.

    • $29896495

      Considering the limited dealer network at this point, they went from 0 to selling as many cars as the more established brands. Poor ownership experiences were based around Holden service, that’s the only issue I had with my Astra SRI, when I had it. I doubt that would be the case with Opel only shops.