• Mar 19, 2009
Forlorn Opel Corsa 1.7 CDTI in Southfield, MI – Click above for high-res gallery

We don't normally have caption contests around here, but when loyal tipster Dominic sent us some photos of this curious sighting, we couldn't resist poking a bit of fun. Not only is it a bit odd to find an Opel Corsa diesel left to rust up on a scissor jack in suburban Detroit, it's even stranger when the car is owned by the manufacturer (check out the license plate).

We'll start you off with a few of our own clumsily concocted attempts at humor, but given Opel's precarious financial position these days, well... we figure there are some zingers just waiting to be written:
GM engineers realized U.S. safety standards could be ignored if they ditched a wheel and got the Corsa classified as a motorcycle... genius.

That's when Opel realized it had misplaced one $3.3 billion wheel.


Although Wagoner had been warned over a three-martini lunch that the wheels had come off Opel, he wasn't prepared for what greeted him out in the biting cold of the parking lot.

Not wanting to be outdone, Chevy engineers are reportedly hard at work on a two-wheel Aveo.

Early Aptera prototypes were designed to be more discreet in traffic, but they came with one significant downfall"

Can't wait for the Saturn version!


Got a better one? Drop us a line in 'Comments.' Oh, and the prize? It's in the mail. Thanks for the shots, Dominic!




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      • 5 Years Ago
      "When it comes to manufacturer viability, Opel doesn't have a wheel to stand on!"


      • 5 Years Ago
      Sheed, not you again!

      • 5 Years Ago
      "If you want the spare, you have to upgrade to the next higher trim level"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Taking one from chipmaker AMD's playbook, GM is considering selling slightly defective vehicles with one wheel disabled.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, Intel would never do that!
      tpfilm
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saturn's solution to staying alive past 2012 - one part at a time.

      The car thief realized everyone would think it was a Saturn so he gave up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Due to financial constraints, GM had to dig deeper from their international parts bin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Drive our new Corsa with just a motorcycle license.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright form two lines please - for union talks photos this side and for government photos this side...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...It will never break down on you!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Opel's "25% off any wheel & tire upgrade package" promotion is already a success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM brought over this small car with a really efficient diesel engine from Europe, sadly the Detroit engineers decided that the only thing that was transferable from Europe was the wheel!
      • 5 Years Ago
      (If you've ever purchased anything online:)
      Due to packaging, some parts of your order may be shipped separately.


      GM, despite it's best efforts to "align" more expensive imports with American budgets, was unable to anticipate a lack of demand for various Saturn branded Opels. Exceptionally poor response from recent consumer panels ultimately led to GM pulling the plug on Saturn. Reached for comment, Saturn management had this to say, "We find ourselves shocked with the results. The same vehicles have proven very popular in Europe. To adapt them to our market, we even polled a cross-section of the car-buying public and noted the most popular options and reasons for buying: reliability, MP3 capability, affordablity, iPod connection, Bluetooth, climate control, navigation, warranty--all tested highly and we offer every one of them. '4th wheel' simply didn't rank up there. The numbers don't lie."
        • 5 Years Ago
        After careful evaluation GM decided against further investment in its German subsidiary on the basis that Opel had become "too needy".
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