The new Vauxhall Corsa is closely related to the outgoing car in many ways, but features all-new body panels, suspension, steering and interior architecture.
Vauxhall's latest version of its compact hatch is priced from just £8995 as Vauxhall aims to usurp Ford in providing the UK's best-selling car.
We find out how it was developed from Vauxhall/Opel design chief Mark Adams and the Corsa’s programme manager, Andreas Zipser.
Q&A with Mark Adams
You’ve made big changes to the interior - what was the thinking behind this?
"The oldest thing in the old car was the interior - it was the most disconnected in our portfolio. So we wanted something new, but retaining the space of the old car’s cabin. People are downsizing, but they don’t want to give up on sophistication."
The exterior is more evolution than revolution...
"The key thing with the Corsa is that we have a lineage, so we looked at it and asked, what do we want to keep? The four-metre footprint is critical, and so is the interior space. We wanted to bring it up to date, so we used a combination of fluid, sculptural shapes and crisp feature lines - it flows but it’s also precise and controlled.
"For me, a small car really depends on the “eyes” and getting the details right, so the front end is very important."
Is it just a case of grafting the front end of an Adam onto the Corsa?
"We wanted to get away from the old car’s double-decker grille and give the it a single focal point, to bring the car down and make it wider.