• May 17, 2006
The Vauxhall Corsa has officially broken cover in Europe after dozens of spy shots had been snapped over the last few weeks. Those spy shots didn't do this small car justice, introduced first as a hatchback in GM Europe's first official batch of shots. Developed alongside the already successful Fiat Punto, the Corsa is longer and wider than the car it replaces. A five-door hatch is also in the works that will resemble the recently redesigned Astra, the car upon which the next Saturn Ion will supposedly be based. The Corsa, however, will be getting a 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4-liter gas engine along with a 1.3 and 1.7-liter diesel. A performance variant tagged VXR with 195 bhp is also in the works.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It look too much like the Grande Punto, should cost less to have a good success.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You're comparing the door and bonnet shape? On cars, you can't really diversify too much from the standard when it comes to door on bonnet shapes. On superminis, even less-so. The overall shape? They're nothing alike. Look at the windscreen angle, the bulges at the rear, the lamp-shape and positioning (front and rear), DLO, grille shape and positioning, body panel feature lines, wheel arches... I could go on... hell, even the wing-mirrors are totally different.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think by now GM is aware of the pent up demand for Vauxhall/Opel products in America. I hope this will breathe new life into Saturn's Spring Hill TN facility which is tentatvely "on the block".
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks *nothing* like the Grandé Punto, Automercato

      http://tw.news2.yimg.com/ng/ta/autonet/20051209/00/3726354147.jpg

      Compare...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks very high end for a small car.makes good use of current mercedes-benz design cues.If it's solid ,punchy and comfortable it would bring cred and interest to the segment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Vauxhall Focused and came up with an Ionette.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this car can't be brought to the States, time to redesign the Aveo, keep the 4 and 5 door model, offer a 2 door and give engine options like the Corsa. Should help GM compete with the Yaris and Fit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      European manufacturing costs keep these cars out of the U.S. They'd have to price it like a VW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why are you all so eager to see Opel cars in the US? They suck. Having had a '99 Astra saloon in the family for more years than I care to remember, I can offer first-hand confirmation of same. German engineering obviously missed the alarm and rolled over in bed the day it came to Opel.

      And this Corsa might share the same platform as the Grandé Punto, but damn, it's a hell of a lot uglier. The Punto, as small cars go, is actually very nicely designed. This looks like... well... it looks like a child designed it. With it's eyes closed.

      It's also worth pointing out that the Vauxhall Corsa has been shown in the UK, but the Vauxhall brand does not extend beyond the borders of England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Everywhere else in the world, it's Opel.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saturn? Did you see this? Perhaps a new baby Ion?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well gee, Philip, the nose is different, and the back windows are different, but otherwise those cars are awful similar. What are you getting so excited about? They look *nothing* alike? Check out those hoods, and the doors, and the overall shape...

      Yeah. They look A LOT alike.