While at that time critics were really harsh on such a late entry (For instance, Ford had started producing the Fiesta in 1975 in a new factory near Valencia, Spain), the product has become a very successful one. Small engines (including a late '80s introduction of an Isuzu-sourced diesel plant) meant high MPG and gas-saving for European pockets. The Corsa even had a sporty version that sill managed to run under 8 l / 100 km (about 30 mpg).
The Corsa is now in its fourth generation, which has a lot in common with the Fiat Grande Punto, including a sweet 1.3 CDTi diesel engine which is surprisingly good (if you ever rent a B segment car in Europe you will probably drive it), EcoFlex options and they're even fitting a hybrid powerplant into it.
How about getting it into the US as a Saturn? Check the gallery for the hybrid concept and compare the current generation with the pic above (which I just love).
[Source: Auto-news, El Periódico de Aragón]