The latest car to drop its oil-burning variant is one of Britain’s top-sellers

The Vauxhall Corsa will no longer be offered with a diesel engine because the variant represented just 2.5% of the model’s sales.

Corsas powered by the 1.3 CDTi engine were particularly unpopular with retail buyers, who account for the majority of the hatchback’s customers. In 2017, just 0.5% of Corsa retail purchases were of the diesel.

This fits with a trend in the new car market; diesel sales have fallen by more than a third in recent months due to growing uncertainty and the new diesel tax hike.

A spokesman told Autocar that this low demand made the diesel Corsa too costly to retain amid the British brand’s ongoing efficiency-boosting measures. Vauxhall's new parent company, the PSA Group, is rolling out several measures to boost its profitability.

This is also the explanation given for Vauxhall’s decision to streamline the Corsa's trim levels. The Ford Fiesta rival had been offered with 11 trims, but this now has been cut to seven: Active, Design, Energy, Sport, SRi Nav, SE Nav and SRi VX-Line Nav Black.

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“This is something you’ll see happening across the entire Vauxhall range,” said the spokesman. “We won’t be offering a plethora of complicated and confusing trim levels. New cars coming out from here on will have simplified trim lists.”

Vauxhall’s cost-saving measures will also include a reduction in the number of franchise dealerships it has, like its European sister brand Opel. Vauxhall will terminate contracts with its 326 franchise locations across the UK and then offer new contracts to only the best-performing sites.

Vauxhall's sales tumbled to 195,000 units in 2017, a decrease of 22% on the year before. The Corsa has remained a strong seller in Britain, however, currently ranking as the fifth most popular car in 2018.

The model’s range-topping VXR hot hatch variant will soon be replaced by a new GSi model that mixes focused handling with a less potent 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine. This car is predicted to appeal to wider range of customers than the VXR.

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27 April 2018

I would think four trim levels to be less confusing can't help but consider 7 levels too many for a starter type car.They have stupid conflicting names is an Active as good or better than a sport never mind an SRI nav and SRi VX Line.All cars should have a sat nav for the little it costs to put one in ,probably cheaper than fitting a few without them on the productuion line. Does the Energy use more fuel or less or simplt useless thin tyres with less rolling resistance

27 April 2018

..not sooner.

Small, complicated diesel supermini's used in the wrong way :- RIP  (Rattle In Peace)

 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

27 April 2018

 

 

“This fits with a trend in the new car market; diesel sales have fallen by more than a third in recent months due to growing uncertainty and the new diesel tax hike.”

I do wish you would recognise that diesels have  been rejected because the toxic emissions have  shorten lives and killed people.

 

 

 
 

27 April 2018
peetee wrote:

I do wish you would recognise that diesels have  been rejected because the toxic emissions have  shorten lives and killed people.

 

 

Old Diesels with no DPF and no NOx reducing technology are polluting, so the answer is to increase tax on the sale of new, clean Diesels. I do wish you would recognise that this would be ironic if it were not tragic.

27 April 2018
giulivo wrote:

peetee wrote:

I do wish you would recognise that diesels have  been rejected because the toxic emissions have  shorten lives and killed people.

 

 

Old Diesels with no DPF and no NOx reducing technology are polluting, so the answer is to increase tax on the sale of new, clean Diesels. I do wish you would recognise that this would be ironic if it were not tragic.

 

That is what 'they' want you to think.

 

Unfortunately for you VW let the smoke out of the bag.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

27 April 2018

No, its fact.

 

 

XXXX just went POP.

27 April 2018

ALL cars produce toxic emissions that kill people. Although to be precise, they dont kill people directly, they kill them indirectly . . . as do emissions from many other things that were not banning, none of which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, unlike diesels. The answer - continue with the latest Euro 6 diesels until electric cars can fully fill the gap (at least 10 years) and retro fit emissions equipment to older vehicles - scrapping them is creates even more emissions becuause more cars have to be made to replace them - "throw away society" is not good for the envirnment. Governemnts making knee jerk, populist reactions, with little long term thought, along with evil VW's cheating, have created this ridiculous situation in which carbon emissions have started to rise, undoing 20 years of work almost overnight. Any suggestion that the anti diesel rhetoric of the last few years is to the benefit of either the environment or people is entirely false, ficticious and mis-guided.

XXXX just went POP.

27 April 2018

....how after decades of promoting diesel engines and worsening air quality in our cities -which is literally killing people - that once nations see the light and start to ban diesel the dirty diesel defenders suddenly find ways to ( supposedly) make diesel nice and clean again.....

 

Sorry.

 

Diesel has to die.

 

It is being killed offf now and it will be largely gone within a decade.

 

I for one am delighted.

 

It is not coming back.

Steam cars are due a revival.

27 April 2018
Thekrankis wrote:

....how after decades of promoting diesel engines and worsening air quality in our cities -which is literally killing people - that once nations see the light and start to ban diesel the dirty diesel defenders suddenly find ways to ( supposedly) make diesel nice and clean again.....

 

Sorry.

 

Diesel has to die.

 

It is being killed offf now and it will be largely gone within a decade.

 

I for one am delighted.

 

It is not coming back.

I live 600 metres above sea level. When your city goes under water do not come asking me for help.

27 April 2018

You plainly choose to ignore research from the Medical Colleges, the advice give by the Government Chief Medical Officer and the results of the independent emission testers, Emissions Analytics.

The Euro 6 is history and from September the new regulations come in to force. 

Presently only a few companies, Mercedes and  BMW are two, that are able to meet the requirements of the the September regime. Autocar’s paymasters JLR doesn’t have a Diesel engine that will comply and it is the reason that they are in deep trouble. 

Check out JLR’s results here:

http://equaindex.com/

At best the rating is C :(

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