It’s been rushed to market
Here’s the new Vauxhall Corsa… wait, take your thumb away from the back button. Give me a few minutes to explain. Because if you don’t drive yet, I can pretty much guarantee it’ll be useful to know your way around the new Corsa. And if you do already drive, then as your extended family’s go-to car guy, your Auntie Doreen is going to be asking you about this one. So pay attention.
Vauxhall/Opel is now owned by PSA Peugeot-Citroen. The latter has done well in recent years by streamlining its product portfolio. Now they’re doing the same with Vauxhall, reducing the numbers of engines and platforms three fold. Just two platforms and four engines across the entire model range.
The new Corsa shares its underpinnings with the recently launched DS3 Crossback. At least it does now. PSA’s takeover happened less than two years ago, at which time Vauxhall/Opel was putting the finishing touches to the Corsa it had developed under General Motors guidance. That was canned, and this new one rushed through in under two years. It’ll go on sale at the end of this year, replacing not only the current car, but also the smaller Adam and Viva models. They’re victims of the PSA cull.