Opel has launched the 6th generation of the Corsa, the brand’s best-selling model. Available now at Opel Dealerships nationwide to test drive, the all-new Corsa boasts enhanced agility, a sporty, athletic exterior and roomy interior, together with a high level of safety and technology features. Delivering vastly improved fuel and CO2 efficiency, it is available from launch in petrol and diesel guise, with an all-electric version due in Ireland this April. Retailing from €17,975 plus delivery related charges, it is already an international award-winner, crowned AutoBest Best Buy Car of Europe 2020.
James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland said: “The arrival of the award-winning, all-new Corsa marks a new departure for the Opel brand in Ireland. It is the first new Opel model to market since Opel Ireland was acquired by the Gowan Group and internationally, it is the first new Opel model produced under the the PSA Group.”
He continued: “A recipe for success, the new Opel Corsa combines high everyday practicality with top technologies, economy, an exciting design plus lots of fun behind the wheel. Indeed, with the new Corsa, Opel is delivering on a promise to make top technologies available to a wide range of buyers, at affordable prices. It represents a huge opportunity to us, as the first new model in what promises to be an exciting produce pipeline over the next eighteen months. “
With modern, dynamic lines and a lowered body stance, delivering a more sporty, athletic exterior, the all-new Corsa offers increased interior space and comfort, all the while retaining its renown German precision for detail. Whilst the overall exterior height has been reduced to deliver better aerodynamics and lower CO2 and consumption, an increase in front headroom, a longer wheelbase and increased overall exterior length return optimum cabin space and comfort for passengers. The boot volume is increased (+24 litres) to 309 litres, or up to 1,081 litres with seats folded.
A weight reduction of 108kg, matched to an improvement in torsional stiffness and lower centre of gravity, delivers greater agility, performance and handling over the predecessor Corsa model. Available in three trims – SC, SRi and Elite - safety technology features available as standard, or as an option, dependent on trim include Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian detection, radar-based Adaptive Speed Control, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition. The new Opel Corsa also brings to the segment for the very first time, adaptive glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix lighting.
With a choice of 2 petrol engines (1.2 75bhp or 1.2 100bhp), matched to a manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic, and a 1.5 102bhp diesel engine manual, from launch, the improved Corsa delivers a reduction in CO2 of up to 25%.
The Corsa-e 134bhp returns an electric range of up to 337km (WLTP) and retains the same internal spaciousness and comfort as its petrol and diesel sisters. Together with the Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid, the Corsa-e’s arrival in 2020 marks the starting signal for the Opel electrification-offensive with the Vivaro-e van, and electric Opel Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life to follow. Indeed, all Opel models will be electrified by 2024.
First launched in 1982, the Corsa is Opel’s best-selling model, with over 13 million units sold in Europe to date. In 2007 and 2015, Corsa generations four and five took overall victory at the AutoBest awards. In late 2018, the Opel Combo Life received the AutoBest 2019 award. Now the new Corsa and Corsa-e are continuing the tradition, awarded AutoBest Best Buy Car of Europe 2020.