2013 Corsa to resume full capacity at Opel’s plant in Spain

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 8, 2011

Opel will be manufacturing its new-generation Corsa model in Spain by 2013, GM Europe President Nick Reilly told Spanish newspaper Expansion. By that time, Opel will resume full capacity at its Zaragoza plant in northern Spain. He further stated that it is GM's plan for the facility to be kept at full capacity.

Moreover, Reilly stated that he expects GM Europe to reach breakeven in 2011 and achieve a profit in 2012, compared with a $637 million loss in 2010.

Additionally, he disclosed that Opel's orders are "still very strong" just like the rest of the carmakers. Even thought the market is "weak," there are no indications that the company will have a "bigger crisis," Reilly added. The workers at Opel are pushing GM to transfer additional production to Europe by manufacturing the next-generation of several models there.

In October, Opel union boss Klaus Franz informed Automotive News Europe that he wants the facilities in Germany, Spain and Poland to be selected versus GM's factory in South Korea to develop the next-generation Antara and Agila as well as a new small crossover positioned beneath the Antara.

He further stated that the Zaragoza facility requires more volume after the output of Combo vans was transferred to Turkey and some Corsa volume had been moved to Germany.

Since 1982, the Opel Corsa has played a big role in the European market as it has what may be the widest product ranges for the small car class. Offered under the Corsa are two unique styles for the body with the first being the family-friendly five-door version and the second the coupe-like three door model. There is also the commercial version offered which is the Corsavan. Should one get the chance to get inside the cabin, they will immediately be enticed with an interior that is clearly the most attractive and offers the most room for its segment.

Inside are a number of features that are not seen in its competitors. Examples of these include the FlexFix bicycle carrier, which has been integrated, and the heated steering wheel.

There is also the halogen Adaptive Forward Lighting, which is rare for its class, as well as the panorama sunroof, and Hill Start Assist. For the 2011 model year, Opel revealed that it will be redesigning everything that was in the 2010 version, a highly successful model. With a new look, the new model will remain to be recognizable as part of the Opel family while giving it a more expressive and sportier look.

Offering a new look for the interior with new colors for the exterior make it more attractive and able to offer a sporty yet individualized version.

One new feature in the Corsa will be the Touch & Connect, a multi-media infotainment system. This comes with a 5-inch touch screen in color, allowing connectivity through USB, iPod, and Bluetooth, and full navigation coverage for 28 countries in Europe. All of these are offered at a very competitive price. It is not only the design that has been changed but even the engine.

Compared to the 2010 version, the 2011 model will have an engine that delivers more power but with less fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. In particular, this will be the ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTI engine with output at 70 kW (95 hp) and fitted with the Start/Stop technology.

These enhance even further its overall efficiency. The three-door version for example will only need 3.5 liters for every 100 kilometers with CO2 emissions at 94 g/km. By having the Start/Stop technology, fuel consumption, especially when in urban traffic, is 4.2 liters per 100 km compared to 4.6 liters without this feature. In addition, without this technology, CO2 emissions are at 98 g/km.

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