A late switch from GM to PSA underpinnings has slashed the next Corsa's development time

The new Vauxhall Corsa “will not be compromised in any way” despite being developed in less than two years by PSA Group after a signed-off design based on previous owner General Motors’ (GM) architecture was axed.

A revised Corsa was set to be launched this year, sitting on a modified version of GM’s Astra platform (it was spotted testing early last year; see picture above). However, PSA took the decision to re-engineer the car on its own small car platform, EMP1, as it took control of the company to save on licence costs to GM.

As such, the new Corsa will be launched in 2019 and will share its underpinnings with rivals including the Peugeot 208 and Citroën C3. However, global Opel and Vauxhall boss Michael Lohscheller insisted that the compressed development time would not be a hindrance to the new Corsa’s success.

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“It is a pretty fast development time, but it is not compromised in any way,” Lohscheller said. “We have a clear understanding of what we want from the car, what is possible from the platform and how to get there.

“It’s true that we had a version ready to go, and you can’t just stretch a design to fit a new platform. But the teams have done a fantastic job in record time to ensure that the car is on schedule. We started work on the project even as the deal to buy [Vauxhall/Opel] was being agreed and we are all very excited about the car.”

The new Corsa will be built at Spain's Zaragoza plant, which has built the car since 1982, from 2019.

The current model, launched in 2014, was once the UK’s second-best-selling car. It currently sits fifth in the sales charts.

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10 May 2018

Yes, it will be compromised. The EMP1 platform is very familiar and far from class leading.

The Astra platform would have provided a more interesting and modern solution.

10 May 2018
scrap wrote:

Yes, it will be compromised. The EMP1 platform is very familiar and far from class leading.

The Astra platform would have provided a more interesting and modern solution.

I agree, this marks the end of Opel/Vauxhall as we know it.

10 May 2018
manicm wrote:

I agree, this marks the end of Opel/Vauxhall as we know it.[/quote]

The end of Vauxhall/Opel using old Fiat platforms you mean - the current Corsa uses the Grande Punto platform.

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10 May 2018

It wont be built on the EMP1 plattform ( despite what the article says ). It will be built on PSAs new CMP plattform, that will debut later this year on the new 208, and it will have an all-electric version in 2020 ( something the article doesn't mention ).

Don't take my word for it though, just google Corsa Electric 2020, Opels official press release on it should be first or second.

 

 

10 May 2018
scrap wrote:

Yes, it will be compromised. The EMP1 platform is very familiar and far from class leading.

The Astra platform would have provided a more interesting and modern solution.

The EMP1 might be old, but its better than the Astra. Quite how you can describe the Astra's platform as "modern" with its cheapo torsion beam axle I dont know.

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10 May 2018
typos1 wrote:

scrap wrote:

Yes, it will be compromised. The EMP1 platform is very familiar and far from class leading.

The Astra platform would have provided a more interesting and modern solution.

The EMP1 might be old, but its better than the Astra. Quite how you can describe the Astra's platform as "modern" with its cheapo torsion beam axle I dont know.

 

Er, I describe it as modern because it is. Certainly more modern than PSA’s old platform.

The Mercedes A class has a torsion beam these days you know.

10 May 2018

The VW Amorok has leaf springs, so I guess theyre "modern" as well then, just cos a modern car has em ?

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10 May 2018
typos1 wrote:

scrap wrote:

Yes, it will be compromised. The EMP1 platform is very familiar and far from class leading.

The Astra platform would have provided a more interesting and modern solution.

The EMP1 might be old, but its better than the Astra. Quite how you can describe the Astra's platform as "modern" with its cheapo torsion beam axle I dont know.

Isnt the Astra rear suspension semi independent watts link? 

The last three Astras have actually been an alright car to drive - better than the equivalent PSA group cars. 

10 May 2018

Nope, its still an old torsion beam (with a watts linkage). I d disagree - NO Astras have ever been anywhere near "OK" to drive.

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10 May 2018
typos1 wrote:

scrap wrote:

Yes, it will be compromised. The EMP1 platform is very familiar and far from class leading.

The Astra platform would have provided a more interesting and modern solution.

The EMP1 might be old, but its better than the Astra. Quite how you can describe the Astra's platform as "modern" with its cheapo torsion beam axle I dont know.

It's cheapo torsion beam like golfs and focus' and the new A class you mean.

It is only a family hatch not a sports car which is probably why most of the cars in its class have the same.

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