GM Europe insists the next Corsa will be tuned to European standards, despite Korean development

General Motors Europe has promised to ensure its all-new Corsa’s dynamics will be suited to European tastes.

The next Opel/Vauxhall Corsa platform is currently being developed at General Motors’ Korean R&D base as part of the large investment in the country by GM Europe’s parent firm in Detroit.

See official pics of the current Corsa's recent facelift

But GM Europe will fine-tune the car for its native market. “The next Corsa will use that platform but the car will be engineered in Germany,” said a source.

Design work on the new Corsa is also ongoing in Korea, GM DAT boss Mike Arcamone has previously told Autocar, and it could even be manufactured in that country.

A revised Corsa will reach UK showrooms in the new year, with a replacement due by the middle of the decade. By then it will be joined in the range by a brace of new city cars: one budget, one a premium Mini rival, and both based on different platforms.Read the full story on the revised Vauxhall Corsa

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Vauxhall Corsa
Good driving position, but would be better if all models had height adjust on seat and reach adjust on wheel

The Vauxhall Corsa is very refined, stylish and practical. Engines are not so good

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8 December 2010

I wonder why the pics are of a car the article isn't really about...

8 December 2010

"By then it will be joined in the range by a brace of new city cars: one budget, one a premium Mini rival, and both based on different platforms."

Nice to see that GM have read up about economies of scale. Really, I would have thought that they would have one platform for city/supermini cars, with the supermini chassis a stretched version of the city chassis.

8 December 2010

[quote Autocar]General Motors Europe has promised to ensure its all-new Corsa’s dynamics will be suited to European tastes.
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So what was the last one designed for then? Indian tastes.... Canadain tastes

what a stupid statement!!!

8 December 2010

[quote andrepaul999]

So what was the last one designed for then? Indian tastes.... Canadain tastes

what a stupid statement!!!

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I think what they are getting at is that the car won't be a Korean designed and built car and built for the "world" market aka the new Nissan Micra.

That said, it would be plain stupid for GM to do anything less considering the Corsa's popularity in Europe.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 December 2010

[quote andrepaul999]

So what was the last one designed for then? Indian tastes.... Canadain tastes

what a stupid statement!!!

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Read the article.

8 December 2010

[quote Autocar]General Motors Europe has promised to ensure its all-new Corsa’s dynamics will be suited to European tastes.
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I presume that means 'suited to German tastes'.

8 December 2010

[quote supermanuel]Read the article. [/quote]

yes...and?

9 December 2010

The next Corsa will not be available until the middle of the decade, by which time the current one will be way over the hill and we are being told that the newie will be Korean built. Hope this does not turn out as bad as it sounds.

9 December 2010

[quote andrepaul999]yes...and? [/quote]

How to make this anymore obvious? The article clearly states "The next Opel/Vauxhall Corsa platform is currently being developed at General Motors’ Korean R&D base as part of the large investment in the country by GM Europe’s parent firm in Detroit. But GM Europe will fine-tune the car for its native market."

This is, effectively, a reassurance from GM that, although the next Corsa will be developed in Korea by GM DAT (which would cause concern in most who have experienced such products before), it will be tuned by GME so that it better suits our tastes.

Personally, I don't find any of those statements reassuring but that's beside the point.

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