The Opel Corsa, a popular icon turns 40

The Opel Corsa, a popular icon turns 40

The Opel Corsa revolutionized the small car segment in its debut in 1982 and today, 40 years later, he’s going for his sixth generation. In this, and since 2019, the 100% electric version, the Corsa-e, already represents around a quarter of the car’s sales.

To understand the popularity of Corsican since its inception, it is first necessary to see another successful model, the Opel Kadett. A small car conceived and designed to bring mobility to more people at a time when driving a car it was still a luxury.

Over the decades, customers became more demanding as their purchasing power improved. The little Kadett grew larger and more powerful in the second half of the 20th century, approaching the compact segment in each of its new versions. This left a void in what was the usual model of access to the range of Russelsheim.

So it was time for a new batch small vehicle, the Corsa. It rolled off the production line for the first time in the fall of 1982 at the newly built car plant in Zaragoza, and its sales success was practically immediate.

To date, 40 years after their launch, they have rolled out of the factories more than 14 million units, most produced in the Spanish factory and Eisenach (Germany). This is your success story through the different versions:

It was released in 1982 and since then 14 million units have been sold.

Opel Corsa 1st generation

The Race A (alphabetical is the internal name of the brand for the different generations), with its length of 3.62 meters. It had a very low drag coefficient, 0.36. chief designer Erhard Schnell he had created a sporty little car with sharp, chiseled lines. The most prominent was the Corsa GSi from 100 hp, and a diesel engine was also incorporated.

Two-door and sedan bodies (referred to as TR) were expanded in 1985 with the addition of the popular model of five doors. The Corsa A became a sales success, with 3.1 million Of units manufactured.

Vauxhall Corsa A (1982-1983)

Opel Corsa 2nd generation

The legendary Opel designer hideo kodama got to work and created a much rounder and smoother Corsa, with headlights in the shape of a flying saucer. The Corsa B was ten centimeters longer and roomier inside than its predecessor. It also introduced higher safety standards in its segment, such as abs brakes, side impact protection and front airbags.

For some markets, together with the two-volume version, Opel once again offered a three-volume (the Corsa TR, with a separate boot), as well as station wagon and wagon versions. pick up. Gasoline engines already had technology of injection of fuel and catalysts, while the GSi offered 16 valves and the turbocharged diesel. The second Corsa continued the success of the original and sales exceeded four millions around the world.

Vauxhall Corsa B (1993-2000)

Opel Corsa 3rd generation

With the philosophy of not changing what is successful, Hideo Kodama was once again asked to design the Corsa C. And the style was oriented towards its successful predecessor. The Corsa returned to grow ten centimeters in length, it was wider and with a longer wheelbase, which greatly increased interior space. In addition, and for the first time, the bodywork was completely galvanized

The sophisticated gasoline engines ecotech four-valve and new direct-injection turbodiesel engines ensured increased power, lower fuel consumption and lower emissions: all variants already met emission standards Euro 4. The Corsa C also became a star. They were sold 2.5 million units.

Vauxhall Corsa C (2000-2006)

Vauxhall Corsa 4th generation

Since then, the three- and five-door versions would go their separate ways: the three-door Corsa was uniquely styled, coupe-like, aimed at sporty customers, much like the original Corsa A. The five-door variant became a spacious family vehicle.

The Race D half 3.99 meters. With the ecoFLEX technology From Opel, the Corsa featured fuel-saving Start/Stop systems and highly efficient engines. The version 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX consumed only 3.3l/100km in combined cycle and emitted 88 g/km of COtwo (according to the old NEDC protocol, less demanding). The fourth-generation Corsa sold more than 2.9 million units.

Vauxhall Corsa D (2006-2014)

Vauxhall Corsa 5th generation

The Corsa E it was also a bestseller with around 1.3 million units registered. For the first time, the little star exceeded four meters, offering more comfort and the latest technologies in its length of 4.02 meters. In addition, it was offered with a heated steering wheel, heated seats and automatic climate control. And also with a front camera with distance indicator, traffic sign recognition and lane keeping assist.

Corsa drivers could already connect with the IntelliLink infotainment systems compatible with Apple Car Play Y AndroidAuto, and included a color touch screen seven inches. The sports version of it was initially the Corsa OPC from 207 hp and then the Corsa GSi, with 150 hp.

Vauxhall Corsa E (2014-2019)

Opel Corsa 6th generation

The latest generation of the Corsa, which celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show, is available for the first time with a 100% electric version. A notable feature is also the Intelli-Lux LED matrix light adaptive without glare, which Opel offered for the first time in small vehicle segment with the current Corsa.

In addition, the Corsican F It has numerous state-of-the-art assistance systems. with a length of 4.06 meters, the coupe-like roofline is 48 millimeters lower than that of its predecessor, without losing headroom for passengers. The driver sits 28 millimeters lower.

Currently, it is sold with four possible finishes (Edition, Elegance, GS Line and Ultimate) and various gasoline and diesel engines, in addition to the 100% electric version. Its price starts at 17,217 euros with the 1.2 petrol engine and 75 hp.

Opel Corsa F (from 2019 and currently on sale)


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