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Opel Corsa
Opel Corsa 1.2 ecoFLEX Satellite (D, Facelift) – Frontansicht, 29. Mai 2011, Heiligenhaus.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Opel
Production 1982–present
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Opel Corsa is a supermini car engineered and produced by the German manufacturer Opel since 1982. It has also been sold under a variety of other brands (most notably Vauxhall, Chevrolet, and Holden) and also spawned various derivatives in different markets. Its current fourth generation is built in Spain and in Germany. However, despite its global presence, it has never been sold in the United States or Canada.

Corsa A (1982–1993)[edit]

Corsa A
Opel Corsa A front 20080131.jpg
Overview
Also called Vauxhall Nova
Production 1982–1993
Assembly Zaragoza, Spain
Body and chassis
Body style 3 and 5-door hatchback
2 and 4-door sedan
Platform GM4200 platform
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,343 mm (92.2 in)
Length 3,622–3,955 mm (142.6–155.7 in)
Width 1,532–1,540 mm (60.3–60.6 in)
Height 1,360–1,365 mm (53.5–53.7 in)
Curb weight 735–865 kg (1,620–1,907 lb)

The front-wheel drive Opel Corsa was first launched in September 1982. Built in Zaragoza, Spain, the first Corsas were three-door hatchback and two-door sedan models, with four-door and five-door versions arriving in 1984. In mainland Europe, the sedan versions were known as the "Corsa TR" until May 1985. The basic model was called just the Corsa, which was followed by the Corsa Luxus, Corsa Berlina and the sporty Corsa SR. Six years later, the Corsa received a facelift, which included a new front fascia and some other minor changes. The models were called LS, GL, GLS and GT.

The Corsa A was known in the UK market as the Vauxhall Nova (as it was considered that Corsa sounded too much like "coarser"), where it was launched in April 1983, following a seven-month long union dispute due to British workers being angry about the car not being built there. It effectively replaced the ageing Chevette, which was discontinued in January 1984.[1]

Power first came from 1.0 L 45 hp, 1.2 L 55 hp, 1.3 L 70 hp and 1.4 L 75 hp petrol engines. (The first engines were all equipped with carburetors; fuel injection came later, but never for the 1.0.) The engines were based on the well-proven Family II design,[citation needed] except for the 1.0 L and early 1.2 L engines, which were based on the OHV unit from the Kadett C. There was also an Isuzu-built, 50 PS (37 kW) 1.5 L diesel engine available, which was also used in the Isuzu Gemini at around the same time. The diesel joined the lineup in May 1987 at the Frankfurt Show, along with the sporty GSi.[2] The engines and most of the mechanical componentry were derived from those used in the Astra/Kadett.

A rare "Sport" model was produced in 1985 in order to homologate for the sub 1,300 cc class of Group A for the British Rally Championship.[citation needed] These sport models were white and came with unique vinyl decals, a 13SB engine with twin Weber 40 DCOE carburettors, an optional bespoke camshaft, a replacement rear silencer, and few luxuries. This gave 93 hp and a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h) with a 0–60 mph time of 8.9 seconds. These are by far the rarest models (500 produced) and thus acquire a high market price if one does become available.

A 1.6 L multi-point fuel-injected engine with 101 PS (74 kW) at 5,600 rpm (98 PS or 72 kW in the catalyzed version) and capable of 186 km/h (116 mph) was added to the Corsa/Nova at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, giving decent performance and being badged as a GSi ("Nova GTE" in pre-facelift models in the UK, later models were all called GSi).[3] The GSi's engine mapping had been carried out by Opel tuning specialists Irmscher. A model with the 82 PS (60 kW) 1.4 L multi-point fuel-injected engine, which was otherwise mechanically identical to the GSi, also became available as the Nova SRi in the United Kingdom. In January 1988, a turbocharged version of the Isuzu diesel engine was introduced, with power increased to 67 PS (49 kW).[2]

The design was freshened in 1990 with new bumpers, headlights, grille and interior, but the car was showing its age against strong competition such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 106.

Vauxhall Nova[edit]

The Corsa A was rebadged as the Vauxhall Nova between 1983 and 1993 for the British market. It replaced the Vauxhall Chevette. All Nova models were made in Spain, with the first British customers taking delivery of their cars in April 1983. It gave Vauxhall a much-needed modern competitor in the UK supermini market, as the Chevette was older than the majority of its competitors, chiefly the Ford Fiesta and Austin Metro.

Sales in the UK were strong right up to the end, but by the time the last Nova was made in early 1993, it was looking very dated in comparison to more modern rivals like the Peugeot 106 and Ford Fiesta.[citation needed] Vauxhall dropped the "Nova" name in 1993 when their version of the Opel Corsa B debuted, and later models were sold as the Vauxhall Corsa instead. This was the second Vauxhall to adopt the same model name as the Opel version, the first being the Senator.

A TV advert in 1986 featured the Los Lobos hit "La Bamba" playing in the background as computer technology allowed the Nova to drive over vehicles in a busy city.

The Nova is becoming a less and less common sight on British roads with time. Many of these cars have been modified by younger owners and gained the car a strong association with "chav" culture. Many Novas have been targeted by joyriders due to the car's minimal security specification.[citation needed]

Famous former owners of the Nova include Colin McRae and Sean Bean.

Corsa B (1993–2000)[edit]

Corsa B
Corsa B2.jpg
Overview
Also called Buick Sail
Chevrolet Classic
Chevrolet Corsa
Holden Barina
Opel Vita
Vauxhall Corsa
Production 1992–2000 (Europe)[4]
1994–present (South America)
Assembly Eisenach, Germany
Zaragoza, Spain
Bogotá, Colombia (GM Columbia)
Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Alvear, Argentina (GM Argentina)
São Caetano do Sul, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Valencia, Venezuela (GM Venezuela)[5]
Port Elizabeth, South Africa[6]
6 October City, Egypt (GM Egypt)[7]
Gurgaon, India[8][9]
Rayong, Thailand
Quito, Ecuador (AYMESA)
Body and chassis
Body style 3 and 5-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door wagon
2-door coupé utility (pick-up)
Platform GM4200 platform
Related Opel Combo B
Opel Tigra A
Chevrolet Celta
Chevrolet Sail
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 4 and 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,443 mm (96.2 in) (hatchback, sedan, wagon)[10]
2,480 mm (97.6 in) (pick-up)[11]
Length 3,729 mm (146.8 in) (hatchback, 1992–1998)[10]
3,741 mm (147.3 in) (hatchback, 1998–2000)[10]
4,026 mm (158.5 in) (sedan, wagon)[12][13]
4,153 mm (163.5 in) (pick-up)[11]
Width 1,610 mm (63.4 in)
Height 1,440 mm (56.7 in)

In 1993 the Corsa B was unveiled, and in the UK, Vauxhall dropped the Nova name, with the car now being known as the Corsa. The following year, it was launched by Holden in Australia, as the Barina, replacing a version of the Suzuki Swift sold under that name. This proved a success, and was the first Spanish-built car to be sold in significant volumes in the Australian market.

Four-cylinder power came from 1.2, 1.4, and 1.6 litre Family 1 petrol engines, as well as an economical 1.5 L turbodiesel engine. Most cars received a five-speed manual transmission, although a four-speed automatic was also available with certain engines. In the first few years, a four-speed manual was also available coupled to the smallest 1.2 litre engine.[14] Unlike the previous model, there was no sedan version, but one was designed in Brazil for the Latin American market, as sedans were much preferred to hatchbacks. This was also introduced in South Africa and India. A station wagon, panel van and pick-up truck were also introduced. The wagon version was sold in some European markets (including Italy), badged as an Opel. The Corsa also spawned a small coupé called Opel Tigra. 1.0 L 3-cylinder and 1.2 L 4-cylinder Family 0 economy version was launched in 1997, and a Lotus-tuned suspension was added as well as an exterior refresh.[15]

The sedan model is still built and sold in Latin America as Chevrolet Corsa Classic. A budget version introduced for the Brazilian market, the Chevrolet Celta, has bodywork resembling the late 1990s Vectra and Astra. The Celta was sold in Argentina as the Suzuki Fun for a certain period. In 2011, GM stopped representing Suzuki in Argentina, so the Celta reverted to its original name under the Chevrolet brand. Argentinian production began in September 1997, where it was the first locally built Chevrolet passenger car since 1978. The Latin American Corsa received a light facelift in 1999, with smoother bumpers, and from April 2002 (when the new Corsa II was introduced) the Corsa B began being marketed as the "Corsa Classic".[16]

The sedan and wagon versions were produced in China by Shanghai GM as Buick Sail and Buick Sail S-RV, respectively, until 2005. That year they became known as the Chevrolet Sail and SRV. In September 2006, Chile became the first country outside China to receive the Chinese-assembled Sail; it is called the Chevrolet Corsa Plus, available as a four-door sedan with a 1.6 L 92 PS (68 kW) engine. The Corsa Plus includes dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, electric windows and central locking as standard equipment.

In India, the hatchback, sedan and wagon versions were sold as the Corsa Sail, Corsa (or Corsa Joy) and Corsa Swing respectively until the end of 2005. The hatchback model was still being produced, and extensively marketed in South Africa as the Corsa Lite under the Opel branding until 2009 at which point it was discontinued.

In Thailand, Corsa available as Opel and fuel injected 8V 1.4-liter engine and "Joy" and "Swing" variants, both available with 3 or 5-door and manual or automatic.

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
RHD, 3-door hatchback (1997)[17]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: N/A 2 /5 stars
Pedestrian: N/A 1 /4 stars

The Corsa was updated in 1997 resulting in different styling options and better safety features:

Euro NCAP test results
RHD, 3-door hatchback (2000)[18]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 18 3 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 14 2 /4 stars

Mexico[edit]

See also: Cars in Mexico

In 1994, General Motors de México first marketed the Corsa B as the Chevy, which would quickly replace Volkswagen's Sedán as the people's favorite. For 2004 (after the Corsa C was introduced), a Mexican designed and produced version of the hatchback and sedan,[citation needed] known as the Chevy C2, was released, which is also sold in Colombia. All Mexican previous versions were known as the Chevy, with the names Monza used on the sedan, and Swing (5-door) and Joy (3-door) for the hatchbacks. The latter 2004 and 2008 redesigns were simply named Chevy and Chevy Sedán. The Chevy was a favorite among taxicab drivers and one of the best-selling cars in the country. The Chevy ended production in late August 2011 at the Ramos Arizpe assembly plant. This move is because the Chevy´s sales have been dropping constantly since early 2010 and also because it doesn't meet with the new safety requirement rule in Mexico that forces it to have standard front airbags. The Chevy 5 hatchback was dropped after the 2010 model year, leaving only the four-door sedan and the 3-door hatchback, this last one being the most popular model. The Chevy is now discontinued, with only a short run of 2012 models after almost 18 years on the market. The successor for the 3-door & sedan, the Chevrolet Sonic will be built in Ramos Arizpe starting 2012 instead, while GM suddenly replaced the 5-door Chevy with the Chevrolet Spark.

Names and markets[edit]

2001–2005 Buick Sail (Shanghai-GM, China)
2005–2009 Chevrolet Sail (Shanghai-GM, China)
  • Opel Corsa – Europe (except UK)
  • Vauxhall Corsa – United Kingdom
  • Buick Sail – China, until February 2005
  • Chevrolet Corsa – Latin America(Opel Corsa in Chile)
  • Chevrolet Corsa Classic – South America, after the release of the Corsa C
  • Chevrolet Classic – Brazil, since 2005; Argentina, since 2010
  • Holden Barina – Australia and New Zealand (was replaced by the Daewoo Kalos from 2005)
  • Opel Corsa Lite and Opel Corsa Classic – South Africa, for the hatchback and the station wagon version respectively
  • Opel Corsa Sail and Opel Corsa Swing – India, for the hatchback and the station wagon version respectively
  • Opel Vita – Japan (Toyota already registered the Corsa name for one of their domestic models, the Toyota Tercel)
Derived versions
  • Chevrolet Sail – China, since 2005.[19] A new version was released in 2010.[20]
  • Chevrolet Classic – Argentina and Brazil, since 2011, for the Chevrolet Sail
  • Chevrolet Corsa Plus – Chile, for the Chinese built Chevrolet Sail
  • Chevrolet Celta and Chevrolet Prisma – South America, for the hatchback and sedan version respectively
  • Chevrolet Chevy – Mexico, for the 2004 Corsa-derived Chevy C2, facelifted in 2008. It was discontinued in spring 2012.
  • Suzuki Fun – Argentina, for the Corsa-derived Chevrolet Celta. Discontinued in 2011. Name switched to Chevrolet Celta.

Corsa C (2000–2006)[edit]

Corsa C
Opel Corsa C 1.2 Elegance front 20100912.jpg
Overview
Also called Chevrolet Corsa
Holden Barina
Opel Vita
Vauxhall Corsa
Production 2000–2006 (Europe)
2002–2012 (South America)
Assembly Eisenach, Germany
Zaragoza, Spain[21]
São José dos Campos, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa[6]
6 October City, Egypt (GM Egypt)
Alvear, Argentina (GM Argentina)
Quito, Ecuador (AYMESA)
Body and chassis
Body style 3 and 5-door hatchback
4-door sedan
3-door car-derived van
2-door coupé utility (pick up)
Platform Gamma platform
Related Opel Combo C
Opel Meriva A
Opel Tigra TwinTop
Chevrolet Montana
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
5-speed semi-automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,491 mm (98.1 in)
Length 3,815 mm (150.2 in) (hatchback)
4,181 mm (164.6 in) (sedan)
Width 1,645 mm (64.8 in)
Height 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
1,430 mm (56.3 in) (sedan)

The Corsa C was revealed in 1999 and introduced to the European market in 2000. General Motors dubbed the new chassis Gamma and intended to use it in a number of other models.

A sedan version was also offered in Latin America, South Africa and the Middle East. The Brazilian version of the Corsa sold in those countries featured a more conservative front end than its European counterpart. Brazil also offered a pickup truck version of the Corsa named the Chevrolet Montana (sold in some markets as the Tornado), which, as well as the sedan, was exported in completely knocked down form to South Africa for local assembly. GM South Africa markets the hatchback simply as The New Corsa, and the pickup version as the Corsa Utility. Since 2007, the Corsa C sedan has been discontinued in South Africa.

This car was 2001 Semperit Irish Car of the Year in Ireland.

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 3-door hatchback variant on a 2002 registration:

Test[22] Score Points
Overall: N/A N/A
Adult occupant: 4/5 stars 25
Child occupant: N/A N/A
Pedestrian: 1/4 stars 9
Safety assist: N/A N/A

Mexico[edit]

The Corsa C arrived in the 2002 model year as a five-door hatchback, and was imported from Europe; but for the 2003 model year, the Corsa sold in Mexico began coming from Brazil and a sedan version was added. In 2005, the sedan version introduced a semi-automatic transmission called easytronic because it was only offered in a five-speed manual transmission, however, the easytronic transmission was rapidly discontinued after the 2007 model year because of poor sales and technical flaws.[citation needed] For 2008, the Corsa was tweaked with a freshened grille, lights and a gold colored Chevrolet logo. The Chevrolet Corsa C was discontinued in the Mexican market in June 2008 leaving only the older and freshened Chevy (Corsa B); and was replaced by the Chevrolet Aveo, however, Brazil kept the car until 2012 (as the Chevrolet Corsa Final Edition and with the sedan ending in 2011) and Argentina kept the car until 2010, while the Corsa-based Montana continued into 2010

In 2002, the Corsa chassis spawned a mini MPV called the Opel Meriva, development of which began under Opel in Rüsselsheim.[citation needed]

The Corsa C was manufactured and sold in South America. The production plant that produced this car model is located in Rosario, Argentina.

The Latin American Corsa C featured the Opel-inspired Chevrolet logo with a golden bowtie instead of a chromed one – the new logo was first introduced in the South American market with the new Chevrolet Vectra.

Oceania[edit]

In Australia, the car was launched to much fanfare from many motor journalists, and went on the win the Wheels 2001 "Car Of The Year" (COTY). Holden also imported the SRi version with the 1.8L Astra motor and uprated sports suspension including traction control, ABS brakes, a better tyre/wheel combination and Irmscher body kit to produce a "baby hot hatch" Barina. The face lifted 2004 model was also imported, however, in December 2005, the Corsa C was dropped from the Australian and New Zealand Holden ranges as a cost-cutting measure by GM, and was replaced by the Daewoo Kalos, rebadged as a Holden Barina. Motoring journalists were scathing in their criticism of the new model, particularly the bland handling, lackluster engine and below-par safety features. The Kalos-based Barina was subsequently replaced with a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Sonic.

United Kingdom[edit]

This Corsa was a huge success for Vauxhall in Britain, being the most popular supermini and second most popular car overall in 2002, 2003 and 2004. It was also Britain's best-selling supermini in 2005, achieving third place overall, but in 2006 (the final year of production) it lost top place in the supermini sector after five years, and was overtaken by the Ford Fiesta. Overall, it was Britain's fourth most popular car in 2006.

Engine specifications[edit]

The Corsa C was introduced with a 1.7 L DTI Ecotec turbodiesel engine supplied by Isuzu (Circle L) with 75 hp (55 kW). This was later joined by the 1.7 L DI Ecotec turbodiesel engine also supplied by Isuzu. The 1.7 L DI Ecotec did not include an intercooler and this reduced power to 65 PS (48 kW).[23] From 2003 a new 1.3 L CDTI Ecotec turbodiesel engine was supplied by Fiat (MultiJet) which produced 70 PS (51 kW) and a 1.7 L CDTI Ecotec turbodiesel was supplied by Isuzu which produced 100 PS (74 kW). This new 1.7 L CDTI Ecotec featured a variable geometry turbocharger.[24]

The 1.0 L and 1.2 L Ecotec Family 0 engines are carry-overs from the Corsa B; the 1.4 L Family 1 engine was replaced with a new 1.4 L Family 0 model. The 1.8 L Family 1 engine is an upgrade for the previous 1.6 L 16-valve engine and produces 125 PS (92 kW) and 165 N·m (122 lb·ft) of torque. The edition with the 1.8 L engine was named Corsa GSi and was the predecessor of the new Corsa OPC. In 2003, Opel introduced updated versions of Family 0 engines with TwinPort technology, and the 1.2 L engine gained 30 cc, giving it 80 PS (59 kW).

Petrol engines
Model Production Engine Displacement Power Torque Note
1.0 Ecotec 2000–2003 I3 973 cc 58 PS (43 kW; 57 hp) at 5600 rpm 85 N·m (63 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm
1.0 Ecotec 2003–2006 I3 998 cc 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 5600 rpm 88 N·m (65 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm Twinport
1.2 Ecotec 2000–2004 I4 1,199 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 5600 rpm 110 N·m (81 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm
1.2 Ecotec 2004–2006 I4 1,229 cc 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 5600 rpm 110 N·m (81 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm Twinport
1.4 Ecotec 2000–2003 I4 1,389 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 6000 rpm 125 N·m (92 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm
1.4 Ecotec 2003–2006 I4 1,364 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 5600 rpm 125 N·m (92 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm Twinport
1.8 Ecotec 2000–2003 I4 1,796 cc 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 6000 rpm 165 N·m (122 lb·ft) at 4600 rpm GSi
Brazilian engines
1.0 L 8V VHC 2002–2005 I4 71 PS (70 hp) Joy
1.0 L 8V VHC FlexPower 2006–2009 I4 77 / 78 PS (76 / 77 hp) Joy/Maxx
1.4 L 8V Econo.Flex 2008–2012 I4 99 / 105 PS (98 / 104 hp) Maxx/Premium
1.8 L 8V MPFI 2002–2005 I4 102 PS (101 hp) Premium/SS
1.8 L 8V FlexPower 2005–2009 I4 112 / 114 PS (111 / 113 hp) Premium/SS
Diesel engines
Model Production Engine Displacement Power Torque Note
1.3 CDTI Ecotec 2003–2006 I4 1,248 cc 70 PS (51 kW; 69 hp) at 4000 rpm 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 1750–2500 rpm Fiat engine
1.7 DI 2000–2003 I4 1,686 cc 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) at 4400 rpm 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) at 2000–3000 rpm No intercooler
1.7 DTI 2000–2003 I4 1,686 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4400 rpm 165 N·m (122 lb·ft) at 1800–3000 rpm
1.7 CDTI Ecotec 2003–2005 I4 1,686 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 4400 rpm 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) at 2300 rpm VGT

Corsa D (2006–2014)[edit]

Corsa D
Opel Corsa D 20090912 front.JPG
Overview
Also called Vauxhall Corsa
Production 2006–2014
Assembly Eisenach, Germany
Zaragoza, Spain
Designer Niels Loeb
Body and chassis
Body style 3 and 5-door hatchback
3-door car-derived van
Platform SCCS platform
Related Opel Combo D
Opel Adam
Opel Meriva B
Fiat Punto
Fiat Linea
Alfa Romeo MiTo
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,511 mm (98.9 in)
Length 3,999 mm (157.4 in)
Width 1,737 mm (68.4 in)
Height 1,488 mm (58.6 in)
Curb weight 1,100 kg (2,425 lb)

The Corsa D was created using a new version of the SCCS platform, which was co-developed by Fiat and General Motors/Opel,[25] and is also employed by the 2006 Fiat Grande Punto. The first official pictures of the Corsa D were released by Opel in May 2006. In the UK, What Car? awarded it 2007 Car of the Year.

The Corsa D is available in both three and five-door versions, and marketed as a Vauxhall in the UK. The same engines sizes from the Corsa C were available at launch, although the 1.3 L CDTI and 1.7 L CDTI engines were upgraded, with power ranging from 75 PS (55 kW) to 125 PS (92 kW). The 192 PS (141 kW) OPC/VXR version went on sale in early 2007, with a 1.6 L turbocharged petrol engine powering the front wheels. The 75 PS (55 kW) 1.3 CDTI engine was updated in mid-2007 to bring CO2 levels to just 119 g/km, meaning that 12 months' road tax in the UK costs £30 and is eligible for the Plan 2000E (a rebate of €2000 in the purchase of a new car) in Spain.[26] The car is also used as the villain car in Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The Corsa D was briefly available in Australia under the Opel brand name, rather than as a Holden as the Corsa B and C had previously been, during Opel's short-lived foray into the Australian market. Less than a year after launching, Opel Australia announced it was ceasing operations, removing Corsa from the Australian new car market.

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results for a LHD, 3-door hatchback variant on a 2006 registration:

Test[27] Score Points
Overall: N/A N/A
Adult occupant: 5/5 stars 34
Child occupant: 3/5 stars 32
Pedestrian: 3/4 stars 19
Safety assist: N/A N/A

FlexFix[edit]

FlexFix is an optional integrated bicycle rack. It is essentially a concealed drawer that can be pulled out from the car's rear bumper. On it are two wheel-mount bike racks, rear licence plate incorporated in the system, brake/tail lights, indicators and fog and reverse light alternates in left hand drive and right hand drive cars. It is available as an option on Exclusiv, SE and SXi models in the UK.

OPC[edit]

In 2007, Opel introduced sport version of Corsa tuned by Opel Performance Center (OPC) - Corsa OPC. Corsa have 1.6 liter I4 turbo engine with 141 kW (192 PS; 189 hp) at 5.850 rpm and 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) of torque at 1,980 to 5,850 rpm, with overboost function which boost up torque figure to 266 N·m (196 lb·ft). 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time is 7,2 s and top speed is 225 km/h (140 mph). Differences with standard Corsa in interior are sporty Recaro seats, OPC steering wheel and gear knob, instrument dials with OPC background. At exterior there are different front and rear bumper with triangle shaped exhaust, and wind difusors. There is also OPC tail spoilers and skirts. Car have stiffer and lower suspension than regular Corsa. Standard rims are 17 inch and optional 18 inch. Corsa OPC is only available as 3-door version.

OPC Nürburgring Edition[edit]

2013 OPC Nürburgring Edition, in Santiago Carshow, Chile 2012

The Opel Performance Center in 2011 launched a hardcore version of the Corsa OPC - Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition. The engine is the same, 1.6 liter turbo, but it has been tuned to punch out 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) and 250 Nm (280 Nm with overboost function) of torque at 2,250 to 5,850 rpm. 0–100 km/h time is 6.8 seconds and top speed is 230 km/h (143 mph). New upgrades include Brembo brake packages, recalibrated ABS, traction stability management system, Remus exhaust, and mechanical slip differential which in this segment of cars (supermini/B-segment) only have MINI Cooper JCW.[28] Corsa comes with standard 18 inch alloy wheels and low profile tires, lowered suspension, dual-tipped stainless-steel exhaust and special Nurburgring badge at B-pillars and inside on gear knob and instrument dials. Also included is a new front spoiler, and different rear bumper. Corsa is available in Henna Red, Grasshopper Green, Graphite Black (available as matte color), and Casablanca White.[29]

Engines[edit]

Gasoline engines are Family 0 (1.0–1.4) and Family 1 (1.6), and diesel engines are derivative from MultiJet (1.3) and Circle L (1.7).

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO
2
emissions
1.0 I3 998 cc 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) at 5600 rpm 88 N·m (65 lb·ft) at 3800 rpm 134 g/km
1.2 I4 1229 cc 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) at 5600 rpm 110 N·m (81 lb·ft) at 4400 rpm 139 g/km
1.4 I4 1364 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 5600 rpm 125 N·m (92 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm 139 g/km
1.6T I4 1598 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5000 rpm 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) at 1850–5000 rpm GSi/SRi 189 g/km
1.6T OPC/VXR I4 1598 cc 192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp) at 5850 rpm 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) at 1980–5800 rpm OPC/VXR 190 g/km
Diesel engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO
2
emissions
1.3 CDTI I4 1,248 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4,000 rpm 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 119 g/km
1.3 CDTI I4 1,248 cc 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4,000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 127 g/km
1.7 CDTI I4 1,686 cc 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 4,000 rpm 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) at 2,300 rpm 130 g/km

2010 facelift[edit]

The Opel Corsa boasted a new petrol and diesel engine line-up that fully complies with Euro 5 standards. The ride and handling were also improved.[30] Engines were further improved from 2011 as Start/Stop was added to engines, with all engines expecting to get the technology in the future. [Engines with (S/S) are in bold in CO2 column]

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO
2
emissions
1.0 S&S I3 998 cc 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) at 5,300 rpm 90 N·m (66 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm Twinport 117
1.2 VVT I4 1,229 cc 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) at 5,600 rpm 115 N·m (85 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm 124/129 (2010–)
119 g/km (2011–)
1.4 VVT 1,398 cc 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) at 5,600 rpm 130 N·m (96 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm 129 g/km
1.4 T S&S 1,368 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 4,800–6,000 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 1,750–4,800 rpm 2012– 129 g/km
1.6T 1,598 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000 rpm 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) at 1,850–5,000 rpm GSi 171 g/km
192 PS (141 kW; 189 hp) at 5,850 rpm 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) at 1,980–5,800 rpm OPC/VXR 172 g/km
210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) at 5,850 rpm 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) at 2,250–5,850 rpm OPC Nürburgring Edition 178 g/km
Diesel engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO
2
emissions
1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX I4 1,248 cc 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at 4,000 rpm 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 112 g/km (2010–)
105 g/km (2011–)
95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) at 4,000 rpm 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 115 g/km (2010–)
95 g/km (2011–)
1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX 1,686 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 4,000 rpm 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) at 2,000–2,500 rpm 118 g/km

Hybrid[edit]

At the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, Opel unveiled the Opel Corsa Hybrid Concept, a coupe that combines a belt-driven starter and alternator with a lithium-ion battery.[31]

2011 facelift[edit]

In November 2010, a facelift was announced. A revised front end was the most dramatic difference over its predecessor, consisting of a new grille, a restyled front bumper and new 'Eagle Eye' headlamps (introduced on the Insignia) which contain daytime running lamps- standard across the refreshed Corsa range. (Vauxhall versions gain the latest 2008 Vauxhall badge on the front grille, tailgate and steering wheel). A new 'Touch and Connect' multimedia system from Bosch will be available as an option on certain Corsas, replacing the CD60 unit.[32] Alloy wheels are upgraded on SXI, SE and OPC/VXR versions. Production is tipped to end in 2014, with the Adam styled Corsa E due for release.[33]

Corsa E (2014–present)[edit]

The Corsa E will debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.[34] Rather than being an all new model, it is a significant revamp of the Corsa D, so exterior and interior dimensions are identical, give or take a few millimetres.[35] All of the exterior sheet metal (except the roof) has been revised, but the underlying chassis and body structure (especially the glasshouse) is carried over from Corsa D.[36]

Corsavan[edit]

The Corsavan is a car-derived van produced since 1994 based on the corresponding generation of the Corsa supermini.

Corsavan variants of later-generation Corsas have also been sold under the Opel/Vauxhall[37][38] brand.

Popularity[edit]

From the first Corsa being sold in Britain on 2 April 1993, sales had reached 1,371,573 within 16 years of its launch, by which time the Corsa was in its third generation.[39]

See also[edit]

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