36 Facts About Opel Corsa


Opel Corsa is a supermini car engineered and produced by the German automobile manufacturer Opel since 1982.

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At its height of popularity, the Corsa became the best-selling car in the world in 1998, recording 910,839 sales with assembly operations in four continents and was sold under five marques with five different body styles.

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Six years later, the Opel Corsa received a facelift, which included a new front fascia and some other minor changes.

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Opel Corsa A was known in the United Kingdom market as the Vauxhall Nova, 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, in contrast to the rival Ford Fiesta, Austin Metro and Talbot Samba.

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In September 1987 the Opel Corsa received a light facelift, with a new grille that was now the same on hatchbacks and sedans, an updated interior, and other slight changes.

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Vauxhall dropped the Nova name in 1993 when their version of the Opel Corsa B made its debut, and later models were sold as the Vauxhall Corsa instead.

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The Opel Corsa Plus includes dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, electric windows and central locking as standard equipment.

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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.

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Opel Corsa was updated in 1997, resulting in different styling options and better safety features:.

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Opel Corsa B was manufactured in South Africa and first entered the market in November 1996, featuring three models, all having the same 1.

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The Opel Corsa B continued in production post 2002, when the Opel Corsa C was introduced, with only the 1.

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Opel Corsa C was revealed in 1999, and introduced to the European market in October 2000, and the facelift arrived in August 2003.

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Brazilian version of the Opel Corsa sold in those countries featured a more conservative front end than its European counterpart.

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Brazil offered a pickup truck version of the Opel Corsa named the Chevrolet Montana, which, as well as the saloon, was exported in a completely knocked down form to South Africa for local assembly.

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Opel Corsa C arrived in the 2002 model year as a five-door hatchback, and was imported from Europe; but for the model year of 2003, the Opel Corsa sold in Mexico began coming from Brazil and a saloon version was added.

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Opel Corsa C was that was sold in South America, was produced at the Rosario production plant in Argentina.

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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.

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Facelifted 2004 model was imported; however, in December 2005, the Opel Corsa C was suddenly 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.

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In 2003, Opel Corsa introduced updated versions of Family 0 engines with TwinPort technology, and the 1.

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The Opel Corsa D placed second in the European Car of the Year for 2006, only behind the Ford S-Max.

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Opel Corsa D is available in both three and five-door versions and marketed as the Vauxhall Opel Corsa in the United Kingdom.

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Less than a year after launching, Opel Australia announced it was ceasing operations, removing the Corsa from the Australian market.

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Opel Corsa withdrew altogether from the Japanese market in December 2006, due to low sales the previous year.

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In 2007, Opel introduced a sport version of the Corsa tuned by Opel Performance Center – Corsa OPC.

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Opel Corsa boasted a new petrol and diesel engine line up that fully complies with Euro 5 standards.

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In February 2015, Opel introduced OPC version of Corsa E Compared to the previous generation model, power output had increased by 15PS to 207PS from 1.

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Opel Corsa OPC featured a sports chassis with Frequency Selective Damping technology, which enabled the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the car to balance sportiness with comfort.

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Original project of Opel Corsa F was initially planned to be released in the third quarter of 2017 on a GM platform, the G2XX.

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In December 2018, Opel announced the launch of an electric version of the Corsa, called the Corsa-e, which was originally planned to go on sale in 2019, but was delayed into the second quarter of 2020.

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The main competitors to the Opel Corsa-e were expected to be the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe, as well as its mechanically identical twin, the Peugeot e-208.

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Externally, the standard Opel Corsa F is almost identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs and the lack of exhaust.

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However, the Opel Corsa is slightly larger than its predecessor, with a larger body and longer wheelbase to allocate more interior and boot space.

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On 11 May 2020, Opel recalled Corsas manufactured between 25 September and 30 December 2019 because the steering column was not manufactured according to the specifications, causing steering failure and leading to the car losing control, increasing the risk of an accident.

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Opel Corsa Van was a car derived van based on the corresponding generation of the Opel Corsa superminis that was produced from 1983 to 2018.

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In 2021, the Vauxhall Opel Corsa grabbed the top spot for the most popular car of the year having had more new cars registered than any other in the UK throughout 2021.

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The Opel Corsa managed to achieve 40,914 new registrations throughout the year, beating second place by over 6,000 registrations.

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