|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.