The new Vauxhall Corsa supermini is gunning for the class benchmarks of the VW Polo in quality and Ford Fiesta in dynamics, its makers told CAR magazine at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show. This fifth generation of Corsa will become the entry-level model of the range, as Vauxhall and Opel kill off the unprofitable Viva and Adam city cars.
The UK is challenging Germany as the model's biggest market, accounting for a fifth of all sales and prices here will narrowly undercut its closest rival, the Ford Fiesta, it has emerged. The new Corsa will cost from £15,550 when first customer cars arrive in January 2020.
That figure snares you a 74bhp 1.2i SE petrol: this boggo model has a five-speed manual gearbox, 16-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch touchscreen radio, leather flat-bottom steering wheel and basic LED headlights. The cheapest diesel is the £17,560 1.5 D SE, while the all-electric Corsa costs £26,790. For comparison, Ford's Fiesta range kicks off at £15,995 on today's price lists.
Product manager Andrew Higgins told CAR that the new Corsa was developed in record time - it is just two years since PSA Peugeot Citroen acquired Vauxhall and Opel. 'That was in August 2017 and here we are with the new Corsa in September 2019,' he said. 'It used to take us four years to develop a new car!'
Source: https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/ ... all/corsa/
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