Chevrolet Celta

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Chevrolet Celta
Chevrolet Celta 3dr post-2006 - Front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Also called Suzuki Fun
Production 2000–present (Celta)
2006–2012 (Prisma)
Assembly Gravataí, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback (Celta)
5-door hatchback (Celta)
4-door sedan (Prisma)
Layout Transverse Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform GM4200 platform
Related Chevrolet Corsa B
Chevrolet Chevy C2
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,445 mm (96.3 in)
Length 3,750 mm (147.6 in) (hatchback)
4,125 mm (162.4 in) (sedan)
Width 1,610 mm (63.4 in)
Height 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Corsa B
Successor

The Chevrolet Celta, also known as Suzuki Fun in Argentina, is a low cost supermini car produced by General Motors do Brasil for the Latin American market since 2000. A sedan version is marketed as the Chevrolet Prisma. 600,000 Celtas have been built in Gravataí, more than one hundred thousand per year. It is the second cheapest car sold in Brazil, after the Fiat Mille (a rebranded Fiat Uno).[citation needed]

Evolution[edit]

First generation Chevrolet Celta

It was released in 2000 in Brazil as a three-door hatchback with a 60 PS (44 kW) 1.0 L (61 cu in) gasoline engine, based on the Corsa B and with design features similar to those of the Vectra. In 2002 a five-door version was made available, and the engine power was increased to 70 metric horsepower (51 kW) at 6,400 rpm, the same VHC (Very High Compression) technology used in the Latin American Corsa C. A 85 PS (63 kW) 1.4 L (0.31 imp gal; 0.37 US gal) gasoline engine was added in 2003.

Details of the flex fuel version of the Chevrolet Celta
Chevrolet Prisma

An "Off-Road" accessories kit was for sale for both old and new Celtas in 2005, and the 1.0 L was converted into a gasoline-ethanol flexible fuel engine (gasoline versions are still available, especially outside Brazil).

In 2006 the Celta underwent a facelift, which provided for a more modern look and an enhancement of build quality. The new front makes it closer to new Chevrolet models, specially the new Brazilian Vectra.

A sedan version, named Chevrolet Prisma was released in early 2007. It wasn't meant to replace Classic (a low cost sedan version of the Corsa B) neither the Corsa Sedan (C), but to fill a market gap between them instead. The only available engine option is a 1.4 L Econo.Flex gasoline/ethanol flexible fuel engine. Its high compression rate gives as a result a maximum output of 97 PS when running on ethanol and 95 hp when running on gasoline.

In early 2009 was released Prisma 1.0 liter and the new engine VHC-E (77 hp or 57 kW gasoline and 78 hp or 58 kW ethanol) for Prisma and Celta. In early 2012; 1.5 million Celtas have been built in Gravataí.

Safety[edit]

The Chevrolet Celta has been rated as highly unsafe by Latin NCAP, scoring only one star for adult occupants and two stars for children.[1] Unfortunately, this is the safety standard of low-cost Brazilian cars.[2]

Technical details[edit]

The 1.0 L gasoline engine has a high power to displacement ratio (51 kW/L, 70 PS/L or 1.1 hp/cu in). However, this power is only available at 6400 rpm, and the maximum torque is 8.6 kgf·m (88 N·m) at 3000 rpm. Today, the Celta is sold only with the 1.0 FlexPower (the 1.4 MPFI stopping production in 2007). In 2002 GM changed the 1.0 MPFI (60 PS or 44 kW) engine to a 1.0 VHC (70 PS or 51 kW), in 2005 to VHC FlexPower (70 PS with Petrol or alcohol), and in 2009 to VHCE FlexPower (77 PS with Petrol and 78 PS with alcohol). The total weight is approximately 850 kg (1,872 lb). In Uruguay, Celta 1.4 MPFI are available since 2009 as the 'new' Celta with the new front lights and all facelift add-ons. This model continues on sell in 2012 and manufacturing dates of the units are from 2011 (1.4 MPFI engines didn't stop production in 2007).

Replacement[edit]

In 2012, General Motors announced the new Chevrolet Onix to succeed part of versions of Celta.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latin NCAP report Chevrolet Celta
  2. ^ IIHS Status Report Safety gains aren't global

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