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Vauxhall Corsa


This is the updated look of the new Vauxhall Corsa for 2011, and the 1.3 CDTi (95PS) ecoFLEX model emits just 94 g/km CO2, along with 78.5 mpg combined.

The new Corsa also has new trims and colours, and first deliveries will take place to UK customers in February next year.

The Corsa, Vauxhall’s second best-selling model after the Astra, has now adopted many of the styling cues from other recently-launched Vauxhalls, such as the Insignia, Astra and Meriva.

The new Corsa features a signature chrome bar, carrying the new Griffin badge, which replaces the ‘V’ grille.

There are also ‘Eagle-Eye’ headlamps, which have also made an appearance on the recently launched Meriva.

Five new exterior colours are available: Lime Green pearlescent, Chilli Orange metallic, Guacamole, Sunny Melon, and Pepperdust metallic. The interior also gets new colour options.

Vauxhall’s new optional Touch & Connect multi-media system replaces the existing unit. Touch & Connect uses a five-inch touch screen display featuring both 2D and 3D maps for the navigation system, as well as a CD/tuner, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.

Outside, the new Corsa has new 16-inch alloy wheels on both SE and SXi models, while the 192 PS VXR has the option of a new 18-inch alloy wheel, modelled on the design of the optional 20-inch wheel on the Insignia VXR.

Vauxhall’s engineers have also made revisions to the car’s steering and suspension set-ups. Softer springs are employed in the front suspension, mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes and an increased diameter, improving ride and control characteristics.

Complementing this are revised damper settings all round, an optional re-tuned ESP system and enhanced steering geometry.

The new Corsa range starts at £9,995, based on 2011’s 20 per cent VAT rate.