|GM’s fourth-generation Corsa|
GM is introducing its fourth-generation Opel Corsa in three- and five-door versions at the British International Motor Show. The company has sold more than 9.4 million units of the predecessor models in Europe since 1982.
The small-car segment, into which the Corsa fits, is the second-largest in Europe with more than 20% of all passenger car sales.
At its market launch, the Corsa is available with three gasoline and two common-rail turbo-diesel ECOTEC engines, all of which feature four-valve technology. They range in displacement from .998 to 1.364 liters and cover an output range of 60 to 90 hp (44 to 66 kW).
Soon after the start of sales, a new 125 hp (92 kW), diesel 1.7 CDTI (1.686 liters) with particulate filter as standard will follow as the top-of-the-line unit. At 2,300 rpm, this engine produces 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque via the five-bearing crankshaft, giving the Corsa some zip.
The new mid-range diesel Corsa with the 90 hp, 1.3 CDTI engine consumes around 4.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (51 mpg US). The gasoline-fueled TWINPORT combines variable intake control and high rates of exhaust gas recirculation, and delivers fuel consumption of 5.8 l/100 kilometers (41 mpg US) from the mid-range 1.2-liter, 80 hp TWINPORT ECOTEC unit and Easytronic transmission needs only .
In addition to the five and six-speed manual transmissions (combined with the two more powerful diesel engines), and the automated Easytronic manual gearbox (option for the 1.2-liter gasoline unit), the Corsa 1.4 TWINPORT ECOTEC is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission.