The Opel Corsa is a supermini that has been produced and engineered by the German automaker Opel since 1982 and has also been sold under a variety of other brands (most notably Vauxhall, Chevrolet, and Holden), and also spawned various derivatives in different markets. The Opel Corsa for sale in the UK market as the Vauxhall Nova, where it was launched in April 1983 following a seven-month long union dispute due to British workers being angry about the car not being built there.
The Opel Corsa effectively replaced the ageing Chevette, which was discontinued in January 1984. The diesel joined the Opel lineup in May 1987 at the Frankfurt Show, along with the sporty GSi. A “Sport” model of the Opel Corsa was produced from 1983 in order to homologate for the sub 1,300 cc class of Group A for the British Rally Championship.
The front-wheel drive Opel Corsa was first launched in September 1982 to replace the Opel Kadett C City, and to fill the gap vacated as the Kadett grew in size and price. Built in Zaragoza, Spain, the first Opel were three-door hatchback and two-door saloon models, with four-door and five-door versions arriving in 1984. In mainland Europe, the saloon versions of Opel were known as the “Corsa TR” until May 1985.
The basic Opel Corsa model was called just the Corsa, which was followed by the Corsa Luxus, Corsa Berlina and the sporty Corsa SR. Six years later, the Opel Corsa specs received a facelift, which included a new front fascia and some other minor changes. The facelifted Opel Corsa models were called LS, GL, GLS and GT.
The Opel Corsa design was freshened in 1990 with new bumpers, headlights, grille and interior, but the car was showing its age against strong competition such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 106. The Opel Corsa was rebadged as the Vauxhall Nova between 1983 and 1993, for the British market which replaced the Vauxhall Chevette and Opel Kadett City. The Opel Corsa South African model are called the Opel Corsa Lite and Opel Corsa Classic for the hatchback and the station wagon version respectively.
All Nova and Opel Corsa models were made in Spain, with the first British customers taking delivery of their cars in April 1983; it gave Vauxhall a much-needed modern competitor in the UK supermini market, as the Chevette was older than the majority of its competitors, chiefly the Ford Fiesta and Austin Metro. The Opel Corsa sales in the UK were strong right up to the end. The Opel Corsa A successor was the Corsa (B); the second Vauxhall to adopt the same model name as the Opel version, the first being the Senator.
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The Opel Corsa makeover continues: following the overhaul of everything under its skin in 2010, Opel’s successful small car is getting a new wardrobe in the Opel Corsa 2011 model year. A redesigned face lends it a sportier, expressive look, making the Opel Corsa instantly recognizable as a member of the new Opel family. New exterior colors and interior looks as well as a great offer of individualized, sporty versions make the Opel Corsa more attractive than ever.
The Opel Corsa now also comes with a new, multimedia infotainment system called “Touch & Connect” that features a five-inch color touch screen, full navigation coverage for 28 European countries, Bluetooth, iPod and USB connections at a very competitive price. The competitors for the Opel Corsa includes the Nissan Micra, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva, Hyundai Getz, Mitsubishi Colt, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit/Jazz, Hyundai i20 and Chevrolet Aveo.
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