Instructors demand the return of the Corsa as the 500 is "too small"

Britain’s largest driving school has cut short a four-year deal with Fiat after 80 per cent of its instructors demanded the return of the Vauxhall Corsa. British School of Motoring (BSM) instructors had complained that the Fiat 500 was “too small” for them.

The deal with Fiat lasted just 18 months and BSM is now preparing to replace its 3250-strong fleet of three-door 500s with five-door Corsas, rekindling an 18-year relationship with Vauxhall.

Read more on the original BSM-Fiat deal

A spokesman for BSM commented that “a break clause in the Fiat contract” and “an excellent deal from Vauxhall”, along with the instructor feedback, marked a swift end for L-plated 500s.

BSM CEO Nikolai Kesting said that it had “received a clear message” from its instructors and learners that the “Corsa is their car of choice”.

The exchange will begin in March 2011 and is set to be complete by the end of the year.See all the latest Vauxhall Corsa reviews, news and video

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12 October 2010

I wonder how much this mistake has cost them? I always thought it was silly having the small FIAT 500 as the BSM learner car, but I guess they had a good deal at the time and thought people would adapt!

12 October 2010

[quote Autocar]80 per cent of its instructors demanded the return of the Vauxhall Corsa.[/quote]

Really ? ladies and gentlemen you must get out more!

12 October 2010

The whole thing came about because the instructors thought the Corsa 'wasnt sexy enough'!

So a bit of a u-turn there, oh well prepare for Corsa residuals to be hit even harder now

12 October 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

[quote Autocar]80 per cent of its instructors demanded the return of the Vauxhall Corsa.[/quote]

Really ? ladies and gentlemen you must get out more!

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A lot of these instructors will have families to transport. The 500 is useless for them.

12 October 2010

[quote andrepaul999]So a bit of a u-turn there, oh well prepare for Corsa residuals to be hit even harder now
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It will have a worse effect on 500 residuals I would have thought, there have always been loads of ex-fleet Corsas on the secondhand market, that's nothing new, but that's quite a lot of Fiat 500s to come onto the market so soon, especially as it is meant to be Fiat's "premium" small car...

Surely the Panda would have been a better choice as a learner car, good visibility, cheap, I guess it just wasn't the "exciting" image they wanted, when independant instructors all seem to have flashy cars like Minis nowadays. Up until last year I even used to see an orange Focus ST instructor car around Stafford! What 17 year old wouldn't want to learn in that!!!

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

12 October 2010

I learnt to drive in a lovely blue Toyota Starlet. People used to stop and stare at the swish lines and voluptuous curves of that sexy little beast all the time. ;-)

12 October 2010

Did they not notice how small the 500 was before signing on? durr!

Personally i'd be looking around for the instructor with the most car. I learned in a 316 BMW in 1982. The Instructor was excellent (he still waves when he see's me!) but it was the car that caught my eye. And presumably a good many of his other pupils too. Interestingly he uses a Fiat Panda now- so i don't think he'd have got my business if I was learning now.

Did you guys enjoy learning to drive?

12 October 2010

The AA's driving school are moving from the Ford Focus to the Fiesta, so are we to expect that within 18 months to 2 years time them to reverse the decision, citing the size of the Fiesta as the reason? I think not.

I believe that whilst you are learning, the smaller the car the easier it is to learn in. I learnt in a Focus and on my first test was done for spacial awareness (I hit another car's wing mirror so I didn't complain)

In my experiece of learning to drive, and the first few weeks/months after passing, there is little difference between how other road users treat you, with or without L-Plates.

12 October 2010

I think this is good. For the learners a Corsa is probably a better car to learn in that a 500, and from a traders point of view there is no longer a risk of Fiat 500 resale values falling through the floor like everyone predicted when the BSM deal was announced. Having said that they did also seem to have some Puntos in the fleet, which are of course more or less the same as a Corsa underneath.

12 October 2010

[quote Buzz Cagney]Did they not notice how small the 500 was before signing on? durr![/quote]It's funny this, because at the same time, instructors often moan that 'small cars' are getting too big! The Corsa is far worse to drive than the 500, and the Corsa's visibility is also considerably worse in my opinion, what with those thick A-pillars and funny little front quarterlights. The 500 is much more learner-friendly as a car, in terms of size/visibility/fun factor. But I guess it's just not practical enough for the families, as people are saying.

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