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GM to Introduce 4th-Generation Corsa in July

The new Corsa.

GM will introduce its redesigned Opel/Vauxhall Corsa at the British International Motor Show (18 – 30 July) in London. The fourth generation of this popular small car, which has sold more than 9.4 million units in Europe alone since 1982, will be available at dealerships in October 2006.

The new Corsa will offer five engines initially. Gasoline options include 1.0-, 1.2- and 1.4-liter models. On the diesel side, GM will offer its award-winning 1.3-liter CDTi unit, while the flagship will be an all-new 123 hp (92 kW) 1.7-liter CDTi with standard diesel particulate filter (DPF). The DPF is also optional on the 1.3-liter model.

Compared to the current Corsa, GM is initially dropping the current 1.8-liter gasoline engine, which, unlike its other three counterparts, was not a Twinport engine. Twinport engines use a variable intake system and high rates of exhaust gas recirculation to reduce fuel consumption.

The current Corsa models (gasoline and diesel) offer fuel economies ranging from 44 mpg US to 52 mpg US combined. GM will announce prices and specifications for the new Corsa closer to launch.

Corsa has become what some call an “accidental” world car. The small car is sold in approximately 80 countries and manufactured in 16 plants on five continents.


Rafael Seidl

Just goes to show that GM is quite capable of producing fuel-efficient cars in very large numbers and marketing them internationally.

The reason they are not available in the US is because GM rightly concluded there was no market for them there. Gas is simply too cheap (yes, you read that right) over there for such a radical shift toward smaller, lighter cars. The recent decline in SUV sales in favor of cars is welcome, but it's a very gradual process that will reverse the minute oil prices go down again, as they most likely will at some point.

The real question is: are US consumers prepared to change their mind about "bigger is better" for the benefit of the environment and the energy security of their children, regardless of gas prices? So far, for the majority, the answer appears to be a firm NO.



Wouldn't it be more fun to blame big business than to take responsibility for our own actions?

I get a good chuckle at the people on this site that have tried to tell me the american masses are just dying for a fuel miser with a 1.2L engine, but GM/Ford/Mopar won't give it to them because of Big Oil or whatever the scapegoat is that day. You are right. Gas is too cheap. Anytime it competes with something else it loses. Safety, horsepower, status, versatility(SUVs), and emissions. Gas loses everytime. I keep saying this because if you want to change a behavior you are best off understanding what causes it.




RS -- JROD : Good commets, both of them. With all the competition in this area (Hybrids, EV's, E85, Bio-Diesel, Oil Sands, DME, CTL, GTL, BTL, CNG, LNG, etc, ect !!!!) I am sure we will see $1 a gallon gas again sometime in the future and that's too bad because gas is too cheap and the cheaper it is the more dependent we become. There has gotta be a way to break the vicious circle and move beyond carbon based fuels. Without pointing the finger and blaming big business or comsumers -- you got any ideas on how to proceed??


I agree with both previous posters. Low gas prices is why the attempt at conservation thru CAFE has succeeded only in exacerbating our problem. I am for a policy goal of REPLACEMENT of fossil fuels with renewables. This too, cannot be a viable strategy until we INCREASE THE COST OF PETROLEUM thru tax policy. This could be done in tandem with an individual and corporate tax decrease (and compensatory payments to the 40% or so who pay no taxes), such that gas prices would cause each household's decision-making framework to change.

Then, diesels would be desirable in the USA.


Actauly the problem isnt quite that simple. Basicaly everyone who asks for a small car wont actauly buy one from gm. Gm tested this several times and even sold the exact same model made in the exact same factory as a forein car and both car critics as well as american cunsumer dolts .. mostly young and baby boomers panned the gm car but loved the forien one...

The BIGOTRY was so strong the car makers simply had to give up and wait for the moron generation to make way for hopefully a smarter gen of people..

And yes I just called everyone from 25 to 60 a freaking damn moron.


While I would support a tax as Corndog suggests, it is not likely to happen -- unless the national security crowd can make the case we need to get off the oil additiciton. That will be a tough sell.

Gasoline will never see $1 again. Between constricted refinery capacity, increased global auto sales, and depletion, prices will rise, or at least stay above current levels. If the cars become more efficient and oil companies sell less product, they need to maintain a high price to keep profits up. This is not an efficient market. But that may be good. It provides incentives for competition from renewables and better technology.

Rafael Seidl

Europeans are of course hardly saints wrt exploiting foreign resources by way of military force, but at least we learnt the lessons of our blody history. Gasoline does now cost $6+/gallon, and disesl is not much cheaper. For us, a four-cylinder engine is the overwhelming norm, six or more are only found in premium cars. Average vehicle weight is perhaps 300-400 lbs less than in the US. In particular, full-size pickups and SUVs are extremely rare. Would people here buy them if gas were as cheap here as it is in the US? Of course they would! But it isn't and that is why they don't.

Ergo: a coherent US energy policy should reward consumers for behaving in ways that reduce national exposure to energy security and climate change risks. By far the simplest way to do that is to shift the tax burden from direct to indirect taxes, without increasing the total tax take. That means increasing the income tax credits (applied to the tax amount, not the income) available to all.

It also means imposing taxes on CO2 production from all technical combustion processes, i.e. not for biogenic CO2.

In addition, a national energy security duty should be levied on imports of crude oil from selected countries. Note that every oil reservoir in the world has a characteristic chemcial composition, so its source can be pinpointed by analysis. To avoid creating a loophole, the import of refinery products should also be subject to higher duties unless the importer can prove to the authorities' satisfaction that the goods were derived from exempt sources.

To avoid undue asset depreciation, these three measures should be announced at least a year prior to introduction and the cutover should happen gradually and predictably over at least seven years, longer for sectors with long-term investments. None of this is easy, but now would be a good time (for the Democrats) to start.

Lou Grinzo

What in the world will it take to convince GM to bring a car like this to the US??? It drives me absolutely nuts that they think the US and non-US markets are far more different than they really are.

Look at the sales in the US of Civics, xA's, Fits, Yarises (Yari?), etc. GM could move some a serious number of units and do wonders for their image in the US.


GM should immediately be sold to a foreign corporation, say Honda or Toyota. Then all their cars would be "foreign" cars. I know thier is a bias but isn't some of this based on experience and reliability statistics?


"energy security duty should be levied on imports of crude oil from selected countries"

It doesn't really matter which country we import our oil from. If we decide to only buy oil from south america, it just frees up middle east oil on the global market. Prices will stay high, unstable countries will continue to take in very high profits, and oil consumption will not change.


wintermane - It's not that simple. Automotive diesels have a bad rep in the US because of something that GM did. Twenty or so years ago, GM took gasoline designed engines and converted them to diesel. They were not sufficently modified to cope with the increased compression, etc. Anyone who bought one, also bought a lot of grief. My Lawyer friend an Neighbor bought two. I saw what he went through. I also saw what another neighbor went through with a new Buick that spent more time in the shop than in her garage. Ditto for a friend with a new Corvette.

My conviction that GM was selling junk came from these first-hand observations. It looks like a lot of others arrived at the same conclusion.

GM's neglience earned them a much deserved bad reperation.

As you sow, so shall you reap.


"reputation" !!!

Regardless an "award-winning" 1.3CDTi(or more?) would move a lot of iron in the inventory and sell briskly too. EPA, how bout a miniscule temporary "bump" in NOx regs to get some of these 40-60+ mpg cars on the road. They already easily surpass every other reg now that ULSD is FINALLY making it to the retail pump.


Finally, two articles saying that Honda and GM are bringing diesels to the USA market. With the new diesel regs for 2007 and 2010, these cars will be much, much cleaner and reduce CO2 emissions in the process.

For all the people doubting the new clean diesel technology, it is real and it works. I deal with testing it every day at my job with a large diesel engine manufacturer. I just hope enough people here give the new diesel tech that is coming a chance. It really is a new era for the diesels that are coming.

Roger Pham

jj, to answer your question about how to prevent gasoline from going down in price to ~$1.00 level again...the answer lies in the US government setting a minimum price for retail gasoline, say, at $2.50/gallon unleaded regular. Anytime the gas price dip below that miminum set level, federal gas tax will increase just enough and just long enough to bring the retail gas price back to the set level of $2.50. Then, with the gas prices going up on its own, then the federal gas tax will go back down to current level.

Adrian Akau

I think it rediculous to believe that the price of gasoline will be declining. China alone is introducing about 7 million new cars to its highways this year and drivers in the US seem reluctant to change their driving habits and to downsize. If people cannot see that the price of gasoline will probably reach at least $5/gallon in the next few years, they are deceiving themselves. We will be having increased demand for oil.

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Roger -- Good Idea! If we can keep the price fossil fuels high enough then clean alternatives (bio-diesel, E85, EV's DME, fuel cells, others) will be able to overtake the dirty ones -- Coal, diesel, gasoline -- AND -- trust me, once these alternatives take root we will see $1 a gallon gas again if something is not done!!!


With CTL technology alone, Tennessee become the new Saudia Arabia -- who says the price won't go down or atleast remain reasonable -- ya gotta remember -- $3 a gallon is still very reasonable for what ya get.


Oh and one more point -- with CTL China has even more coal than Tennessee -- reasonable priced fuel is right where China is want'n it and right where they'll get it.


Adrian - Oh and by the way -- just one more point and then I'll shut up -- Don't forget about Solar, Wind, Wave, Nukes, and Bio-tech. The point is if we can keep the price of fossil fuel high enough then all these possibilities are possible (redundant I know but heh it works). Trust me when all these cleaner and newer alternatives start coming online all the A-raabs gotta do is lower the price of crude and wa-la , no more clean alternative possibilities.

allen zheng

Lybian oil! The sanctions are off, and the Iranians can not just send their terrorists, like they did to blow up the Iraqi oil supplies (keeping oil prices high). Oil will come down in the next two years to $40-$60. The alternatives must weather this blip. Also, the Saudi's (OPEC) could eat their profits, by offering oil at market price, and then rebate it. This could send the final cost for the barrel of Light sweet crude to around $30 (+/- $10). This would really put alternatives in a bind. Everythng from tar sands to biodiesel would croak/sputter without tax help. Another thing they could do is finance the construction/upgrade/expansion of oil refineries to handle medium, heavy, and sour crude. More supplies of high/top quality distillates (gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, etc.) will drive the cost of fuels down. From the $3+/gallon-$120/barrel to ~$1.75/gallon-~$75/barrel. Right now sour, medium, and heavy crudes (SMHCO)are anywhere from $10-$20+ cheaper than the ~$70 a barrel you see on the news for light sweet crude. In fact, virtually all remaining production potential in the world is SMHCO.
____Increased production from Lybia, more refining capacity worldwide, and profit-eating will drive the alternatives to the edge again. Long-term however, they will be back. Remember, oil is finite.


I would support an oil import fee to pay for more ethanol plants. Alaskan oil has not been required to be shipped here since 1995.

Roger Pham

Being dependent on 60% of imported oil via fragile supply lines is a big strategic security risk that the US must solve in order to have true "Home Land Security" Having a high trade deficit due to massive oil and foreign car importation won't do much for "Home Land Security", either. US Congress must enact laws such as setting high minimum price for retail gasoline in order to persuade the American buyers to buy more fuel-efficient cars and the American Auto Manufacturers to put all their effort into making high-mpg cars such as the Corsa attractive to the domestic market. Then, we can solve many problems in one stroke: reduce trade deficit, enhance US homeland security, enhance US manufacturing base, and, last but not least, reduce global warming.


Gas prices in US are a joke; for comparison, we're up to $ 7,34 a gallon now in the Netherlands. People with smaller pockets will definitely choose more fuel efficient cars. Also we have a big problem with air pollution -> again more people decide to by more efficient AND cleaner cars. Nevertheless; over here you always have the same types of Neanderthals (spelled correctly?) that will buy big gas-guzzlers until the last drop of oil comes out of the ground. The only way to change habits on a large scale is by government (forced) regulation. Untill that day, the simple man on the street won't change a bit (certainly not with these low gas prices !). DR J

Max Reid

Market is clearly moving to Crossovers & Hatchbacks. Its good that GM atleast realised now and comes with new products like 6-speed transmission, cylinder deactivation, flex-fuel, hybrids, etc.

The plan to sell a hybrid with just 2K extra is wonderful, it may force Toyota, Honda and Ford to re-think.

Honda also made mistake by selling Insight (a 2-seater coupe) which is just not a family vehicle and now they are pulling out the vehicle. Another mistake is the hybrid accord with V6 which is failing.

Toyota is the smartest of all.

Anyway goodluck to GM.

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