Revised model gets a range of dynamic and eco tweaks; no cosmetic changes, however
19 November 2009

Vauxhall has launched this revised version of the Corsa in it attempts to close the gap to the class-leading Ford Fiesta.

The Corsa has been one of the UK’s biggest-selling cars under the government-backed scrappage incentive scheme and Vauxhall is keen to ensure sales of its flagship supermini remain strong when the grants end.

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The revised model, due on sale in April, has been given a range of chassis tweaks to improve its dynamics, while the range also gets an average mpg boost of 13.2 per cent. Furthermore, five of the six engines offer sub-125g/km CO2 emissions when mated to a manual ‘box. The only exception is the VXR model.

Vauxhall hasn’t changed the exterior or interior styling of the Corsa, which is three and a half years into its lifespan, as a facelift is expected to follow at a later stage. This has yet to be confirmed by Vauxhall, however.

“It’s not a facelift, but we’re trying to keep the car fresh,” said a Vauxhall source. “It’s an important car to us and generally the UK’s second biggest-selling car. We’ve responded to the undoubtedly strong competition by improving efficiency and dynamics; this new model is a real improvement to drive.”

Vauxhall’s engineers have added softer springs to the front suspension, which are mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes. This, Vauxhall claims, has improved the ride quality, while changes to the steering geometry should improve the handling. The damper settings have also been revised at all four corners and the ESP system has been retuned.

The new 94bhp 1.3-litre Ecoflex model has claimed combined fuel economy of 76.3mpg, rising to 88.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle. The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol units gets a 5bhp power boost to 64bhp over the outgoing car's, while the new model's CO2 emissions drop to 117g/km, meaning it now qualifies for £35 road tax.

Trim levels have been brought in line with those seen in the new Astra and Insignia ranges. Life becomes S, Club becomes Exclusiv and Design becomes SE, while SXi and SRi remain unchanged. The SE gets what Vauxhall claims is a unique feature in this class as standard: a heated leather steering wheel and heated front seats.

SRi models also benefit from extra kit, with 17-inch alloys, a VXR styling kit, air-con and revised suspension settings all standard.

Prices for the revised Corsa will start from £10,285, undercutting the entry-level Fiesta by £610.

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19 November 2009

"Furthermore, five of the six engines offer sub-125g/km CO2 emissions when mated to a manual ‘box"

Why not go for the 120g/km threshhold and reduce the tax bill to £35 per year ?

19 November 2009

Well err, it's not really "new" is it. Not unless the writer means new badging, prices, or maybe the new heated steering wheel. The improved efficiency sounds mighty impressive, but there's no clue as to how this has been achieved. It can only mean one of three things... 1) The "old" Corsa was terribly inefficient for various reasons. 2) The new model has been subject to various tweaks (like revised gear ratios, intelligent alternators etc) which cheat the government test cycles, but which offer little or no real world fuel efficiency/ CO2 benefit. or 3) The Corsa has simply been re-homologated using a slighly more favourable set of test conditions to get the required result. If there were genuine engineering improvements, I'm pretty sure that vauxhall would be telling us!

19 November 2009

vauxhall it would have been a better idea to give the car a mid life facelift! NOW! keep it fresh and give the corsa a chance to keep up to date with the latest fiesta! the general public are not going to bother about trim levels or tweaks! a freshened up look please! im a big vauxhall fan but i think is not enough for a chance to give the corsa the top sales figures against the fiesta.

19 November 2009

I wonder how the Corsa would sell in the UK if it wasn't subject to such heavy-handed badge-engineering, and was sold as an Opel. Because, in fact, this is an Opel.

19 November 2009

[quote JackB]I wonder how the Corsa would sell in the UK if it wasn't subject to such heavy-handed badge-engineering, and was sold as an Opel. Because, in fact, this is an Opel.[/quote]

Or a Fiat depending how you look at it!

19 November 2009

When are people going to realise that Vauxhall and Opel are one and the same?! Once upon a time Vauxhall and Opel were separate companies, the GM decided to merge the two with subtle differences (Vauxhall had the snoop nose and Opel the stubby nose) finally they became one and the same, but GM did sell Opels in the UK for a period but they didn't sell like Vauxhalls sell, so they gave up the ghost in the UK and went soley with Vauxhall.

It should be noted that Opel do not have that great a reputation in Europe as Vauxhall do in the UK. Yes in essence Vauxhalls are Opels and Opels are Vauxhalls (ie the Astras sent from the UK!) They are in short GMEurope products badged for the market they are going to irrelevant of where they are made.

PS The Vauxhall market is GME's biggest market so don't dis the brand! The big wigs that decided to make headquarters in Germany never gave a thought to the fact that at one point in its history Vauxhall used to be regarded the equivalent of Rolls Royce in worldwide markets, check Vauxhalls own history books on that one!

End of the day should we then say the a Volkswagen is simply a Skoda/Audi/Seat/Bentley or a BMW/MINI/Rolls Royce etc....the world is full of badge engineering

19 November 2009

The last Vauxhall I had even had an Opel vin plate so to me it was just an Opel with a Vauxhall badge on it. Most of the design and engineering takes place in Germany under the control of Opel. It's only in recent years that Vauxhall chassis engineers have had any input.

As for the Corsa, well to me it's looking a bit dated already - particularly the 3 door - so it needs a bit more than just a minor update to keep it looking fresh next to the Fiesta, Polo and C3.

19 November 2009

Opel/Vauxhall sold nearly 1,459,000 vehicles in Europe in 2008

Opel selling 257,000 cars in Russia with a sales up 41%

German sales were .390,000

Vauxhall sold a total of 348,800 cars and light commercial vehicles in 2008.

20 November 2009

I suggest you have a read of this document before saying that Opel sell more in Germany than Vauxhall do in the UK...

http://www.gm.com/europe/corporate/download/Overview_Sales_by_Country.pdf

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