Corsa continues to compete



The Corsa by Opel is one such example. Just like many rivals in its segment, such as the Volkswagen Polo and Renault Clio, the Corsa started out as a humble product aimed at those with a budget high on the priority list. Remember the days of the Corsa Lite, Polo Playa and the Thierry Henry-endorsed Clio Va Va Voom?

The Opel Corsa has now developed into the sophisticated, mature-looking current Generation Corsa we see gracing the roads today. It’s a huge difference from the bubble shape it had in the 90s, which was trendy at the time and still looks cool even today. I know people with the bulbous, rounded Corsa and they love their cars.

The Corsa that followed was certainly an indication of the up-market direction in which the Corsa nameplate was heading. Aesthetically, it was more conservative, more serious: gone were the chubby, rounded shapes of the previous generation – the lines were a bit more angular on this one. It was striking – the rear lights, for example, were strips positioned on the C-pillar. There was a sedan version offered too, seemingly geared at the more family-orientated buyer.

This generation of the Corsa holds a special place in my car-crazy heart – because my old man had one. The year was 2003, and the gleaming black Corsa Comfort hatch was parked in the family drive way. A few, short years later, I had my very first driving lesson in the stylish little Corsa. Although there were many fun times had with the Opel, it quickly grew evident that dad’s Corsa was what mechanics would call “a lemon”. There were always little issues with the car – once, the mechanism controlling the clutch gave up, leaving the Corsa stuck on the roadside, and an inconvenient bill in its wake. And so, the Opel didn’t remain long in the family, its replacement being something big, French and family-orientated.

But still – the Corsa is a pretty cool car with a fair amount of street-cred, and I’d seriously look at one of the current generation models of I were on the market for such a car – especially the OPC version. Last year the Corsa 1.4 Enjoy, Essentia and 1.4 Sport received an updated drivetrain. This resulted in a power increase from 66 kW to 74 kW and a torque boost from 125 Newton-metres to 130 Newton-metres. In addition, chassis and rear axle were revised and the steering components were reworked too.

Also late last year, the cool Corsa Colour Edition was introduced, using the three-door bodystyle and an array of striking colours to offer buyers a bit of Corsa magic with a twist. The colours are: “Sunny Melon, Magma Red, Oriental Blue, Casablanca White and Black Sapphire”. A glossy black roof garnishes the paint job and one can also choose between silver or black 17-inch alloy wheels.

Some time ago I saw visuals of  a newer, revised Corsa model on the motor news programme, Auto Mundial, on Dstv’s Ignition channel. It looked like a handsome little beast, with an imposing front end and sharp lines. I wonder if this one would be making its way to shores soon – because aesthetically, it would certainly have the upper hand against rivals like the Polo, which looks really bland.


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