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News of  August 29, 2000
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Third Generation Of Opels's Bestseller On Sale This Fall
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New Opel Corsa - The Grown-Up Small Car

Photo: Opel

  • Spacious, well-equipped interior with up-market infotainment systems
  • DSA chassis for refined road-holding and safe, dynamic driving
  • Top-of-the-line Corsa GSi with 92 kW (125 hp) engine
  • World premiere for "Easytronic" automated manual gearbox 
  • Stable, fully galvanized body with comprehensive safety package 
  • Minimal maintenance and low cost of ownership

Rüsselsheim -  The third generation of the most popular small car in the world enters the European market this fall. The all-new Opel Corsa is more grown-up and more spacious, but is still recognizable as the successor of its best-selling predecessor. Offering significantly more interior space, especially shoulder-room, the new model features the longest wheelbase (2491 millimeters) in its class. The fully-galvanized body scores top marks for safety and quality, thanks in part to its 33 percent higher torsional rigidity. 

The efficient aerodynamics (0.32 cd) and the six-strong range of four-valve, gasoline and diesel ECOTEC engines ensure low fuel consumption. The two direct-injection turbo diesels, for example, require only 4.7 l/100 km (MVEG), while the entry-level 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit (now producing 43 kW/58 hp) needs only 5.6 liters of gasoline per 100 km. The top-of-the-line Corsa GSi, with its 1.8-liter 92 kW/125 hp engine, has a top speed of over 200 km/h. All gasoline engines, including the 75-hp-1.2 and the 90-hp-1.4, meet the requirements for Euro IV emissions which do not come into force until 2005. As well as manual and automatic transmissions, Corsa buyers can - for the first time - opt for "Easytronic", Opel´s new, convenient and economical automated manual gearbox.

The new Corsa's DSA (Dynamic Safety) chassis provides safe, dynamic driving and excellent road-holding. The powertrain and front suspension is decoupled from the body via a closed subframe, benefiting refinement as well as acoustics. The choice of advanced infotainment systems sets the same high standard as the chassis' class-leading ride and handling; the range-topping NCDC 2015 unit features a high-end audio system with an integrated four-disc CD-changer, a state-of-the-art navigation system and a GSM telephone. Only running costs have not "grown" with the rest of the new Corsa. For example, oil changes are necessary only every 30,000 km, the anti-perforation warranty extends for 12 years, and the insurance classification aims to be best in class.

The appearance of the new model - an evolution of typical Corsa styling cues accentuated by Opel's new technically oriented form language of crisp lines and taut surfaces - immediately conveys what the designers were seeking to accomplish; the Corsa was to remain a Corsa, but become more mature. The three and five-door models now look as if they come out of the same mold, with the identical design of the rear-end. The tail-lights located high in the tailgate blend harmoniously with the rear window, forming a new styling element. The wide track (front: 1429 mm; rear: 1420 mm) not only gives the new Corsa a more athletic look, it also enables the new model to offer 80 mm more shoulder-room than its predecessor. The long wheelbase also provides ample space for passengers in the rear.

The Corsa's comprehensive safety equipment includes front and side airbags for driver and passenger, lap-and-shoulder belts for all five occupants (with belt tensioners and force limiters in the front), Active Head Restraints on the front seats and Opel's patented Pedal Release System. Also new is an intelligent airbag system with occupant detection for the front passenger seat. There are Isofix anchor points for two child seats at the rear of the car and curtain airbags will raise the safety standard higher still when they become available in 2001.

Further improvements have been made to the Corsa's traditionally modest fuel consumption. This is partly the result of the body's aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.32, which is very low for a car in this class. Additional contributions are made by the latest developments of the ECOTEC gasoline engines, which are not only more economical, but also already comply with the strict Euro IV emissions standard. The two 1.7-liter, direct-injection, turbo diesels are particularly frugal, each consuming just 4.7 l/100 km (MVEG). These four-valve units produce 48 kW (65 hp) and 55 kW (75 hp) respectively, the more powerful version featuring an intercooler. 

In addition to five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions, Opel is also offering for the first time with the Corsa an advanced alternative called "Easytronic"; this new development combines the advantages of a five-speed manual gearbox with an automatic transmission and enables the driver to choose either the comfort of a very fuel efficient automatic or the sportier character of an automatically shifted manual transmission, according to road or traffic conditions. With this fun, convenient transmission the Corsa 1.2 16V even consumes slightly less fuel than with a standard manual gearbox.

The current Corsa, which is sold in about 80 countries, is one of the most successful models in Opel's history. It is manufactured in 11 plants on five continents, in nine body styles. Since production began in 1993, around six million units based on the vehicle architecture of the second-generation best-seller have rolled off the assembly lines. Added to the 3.1 million of the first generation, that gives an impressive total of over nine million units. 

In addition to receiving more than 20 international design awards, the current Corsa also heads the sales statistics of several European countries. In Germany, for example, the Corsa has been the serial best-seller in its class since 1994, and it is also a sales leader in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Portugal. The Corsa has been especially popular among female customers; in 1999, for example, around 63 percent of buyers in Germany were women.

The Corsa Engine Range

Engine
ECOTEC

Output
kW/hp at rpm

Maximum torque
Nm at rpm

Acceleration
0-100 km/h

Vmax
km/h

Fuel consumption (MVEG)
l/100 km

1.0 12V

43/58 @ 5600

85 @ 3800

17.0 s

155

5.6

1.2 16V

55/75 @ 5800

110 @ 4000

13.0 (14.0*) s

170

6.3 (6.2*)

1.4 16V

66/90 @ 6000

125 @ 4000

11.5 s

180

7.2

1.8 16V

92/125 @ 6000

165 @ 4600

9.0 s

202

7.9

1.7 DI 16V

48/65 @ 4400

130 @ 2000
- 3000

14.5 s

162

4.7

1.7 DTI 16V

55/75 @ 4400

165 @ 1800
- 3000

13.5 s

170

4.7

(*) 1.2 16V with Easytronic

(August 28, 2000)

 

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