2015 Opel Corsa E arrives with new design, engines and chassis [w/video]

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 9, 2014

This is it folks, the fifth-generation Opel/Vauxhall Corsa became official today showing a new design inspired by the smaller Adam. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa E will be rolling off the assembly lines in Zaragoza and Eisenach before the end of the year.

As we said, the 2015 Corsa E comes with a new design inspired by the smaller Adam and is design is characterized by the ‘wing’ shaped headlights, a low sporty trapezoidal grille and the ‘wing’ LED daytime running lights.

The sides feature company’s typical dynamic blade body signature, while at the rear we find the wide horizontal split taillights. The interior was overhauled too and features elongated shapes as well as a mix of sophisticated materials.

According to the official press release, the 2015 Corsa E comes with a new chassis and new steering for highest driving capability, while the development of a completely new electrical architecture enables a more sophisticated level of interaction between its various systems.

All 2015 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa E models are now available with the City mode, which reduces the steering effort at low speeds at the press of a button. Just like its predecessor, the 2015 Corsa allows customers to choose between two chassis set-ups, Comfort and Sport.

Under the hood, we find the latest-generation three-cylinder 1.0-liter Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo engine available in two output configurations, generating 90 hp (66 kW) and 115 hp (85 kW) as well as 170 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm.

The 1.0-liter petrol engine is available as standard with Start/Stop technology. In addition, Opel/Vauxhall offer the 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine that delivers 100 hp (74 kW) and 200 Nm of torque as well as the further developed 1.2 and 1.4-liter naturally aspirated units.

A revised 1.3 CDTI diesel engine is available with 75 hp (55 kW) and 95 hp (70 kW). The carmaker says that the 2015 Corsa powered by the 1.3 CDTI diesel engine with 95 hp (70 kW), bolted to a 5-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop, emits just 89 g/km of CO2.

The 1.0-liter Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo engines are offered with the new six-speed manual gearbox. Still, Opel/Vauxhall offer the newest-generation six-speed automatic transmission as well as the completely new Easytronic 3.0 automated manual transmission.

The IntelliLink promises to offer the best connectivity with top safety. This system comes with a 7-inch color touchscreen located on the center stack, close to the gear shift.

As expected, IntelliLink is compatible with Apple and Android devices and can be operated by voice command, while Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free can also be used.

Regarding the safety systems, the 2015 Corsa E comes with bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light, the Side Blind Spot Alert and the Opel Eye front camera with Road Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Warning. To provide maximum safety, Forward Collision Alert uses a red, head-up warning that is projected into the windscreen. In addition, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System display warns the driver in the event of excessive pressure loss in one of the tires. [source: Opel]

Press Release

2015 Opel Corsa

The Opel Corsa is well established as a perennial bestseller: through four model generations spanning 32 years, 12.4 million Corsas have been sold. Together with the Astra, it is Opel's most popular model, accounting for over a quarter of the company's sales every year. Available in three and five-door body formats, the Corsa is currently number four in the small car segment in Western Europe. In Germany and the United Kingdom, it is number two and still keeping the competition at bay. When the new fifth-generation Corsa rolls off the assembly lines in Eisenach and Zaragoza at the end of this year, a star will be born to continue the model's success in the small car segment. It has everything it takes to do so. The chic, fifth generation Corsa offers a fresh look and a fresh driving experience with a new chassis and optimized steering, combining the art of German engineering with emotional design, superb digital connectivity and a great price/performance ratio. New generation gasoline and profoundly reworked diesel turbo engines ensure a new level of comfort, top performance and low fuel consumption. The fifth-generation Corsa can already be ordered in Germany at an attractive entry-level price of just 11,980 euros (3-door, 1.2 gasoline engine; 750 euros more for the family-friendly five-door model - RRP incl. VAT in Germany).

"The Opel Corsa has always been widely praised, particularly for its appealing looks and its efficient use of space within compact dimensions," says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO Opel Group. "I am confident the new fifth generation, with its new level of comfort, its modern driver assistance and infotainment systems, will continue the model's exemplary success. I promise that the driving experience of the new Corsa will surprise everyone."

Sporty and Elegant Shell, Top Interior

Youthful and fresh, the interior and exterior design of fifth generation Corsa features a new sense of sophistication, clarity and workmanship. It is set to continue the 32-year spanning success story of the Corsa nameplate in an extremely competitive segment.

As previously, the new Corsa will be available in distinct three and five-door body styles - the coupé-like silhouette of the three-door looks sportier, while the five-door's design expresses its virtues of more functional family car. The new Corsa's exterior is in compliance with Opel's design philosophy: flowing, sculptural artistry shapes are combined with precisely designed details, ensuring that it is immediately recognized as a member of the latest generation Opel vehicles. Inside, the Corsa continues to impress with customary extensive space for five people but also with new, sophisticated design and premium materials.

"The new Corsa interprets our design philosophy perfectly. The smoothly sculpted body taught dynamic lines, including our signature 'blade' body side and the sophisticated surfacing make the Corsa a sporty-looking small car with an elegant design. That also goes for the interior with its high-quality materials, excellent craftsmanship and leading edge infotainment. It targets customers who do not invest a fortune in a car but want to see premium characteristics in it," said Mark Adams, Vice President Design for Opel.

Brand-typical exterior design with sporty and elegant elements

From the front, the Corsa is immediately recognizable as a member of the current Opel family. The bold face is characterized by the 'wing' shaped headlights incorporating Opel's signature 'wing' LED daytime running lights and the low sporty trapezoidal grille, with its dynamic chrome bar supporting the Opel emblem. The front fog lights are embedded in two low, outward laying but graphically connected air inlets with chrome trim and give the Corsa an even wider appearance.

The side view of the three and five-door bodies is very different due to the individual window graphics. In the three-door model, the upper window line drops to the rear much like for a coupé thus emphasizing its sporty appearance. In the five-door variant, the belt line extends upwards to create a dynamic connection with the roof spoiler. The sculptured body sides feature Opel's typical dynamic 'blade' body side signature.

The rear view of the fifth generation Corsa is also completely new. At the rear end, the wide horizontal split tail lights help to visually widen the car and flow through to the rear shoulders, giving it an even better stance. The well-known 'wing' graphic design shines when the rear lights are switched on. The lower bumper is visually connected to the body side 'blade' through design lines that flow into the license plate pocket.

A large palette of exterior colors have been created for new generation Corsa - from more conservative silvers up to vibrant red and greens up to two sporty and audacious yellows.

Interior with high-class materials and workmanship

The new generation Corsa mainly surprises with its all new interior design.

The new interior showcases the next level of Opel's Design Philosophy 'Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision'.

Sculptural harmonious surfaces and graceful flowing lines are key elements in the design of the new Corsa Interior.

The sculptural wing-shaped IP top-pad combines a subtle blend of taut surfaces and flowing transitions bordered by elegant decors. The decors span the full length of the instrument panel emphasizing the width and spaciousness of the interior.

Premium, high quality materials - like those used for the soft IP top-pad, or the decor elements dressed in rich satin chrome, are all worthy of vehicles from much higher segments. Each material used in the New Corsa is carefully chosen to support the premium character of the interior, clearly reflecting a level of quality and craftsmanship born of German Engineering.

The class leading, state of the art IntelliLink infotainment system is fully customizable, and designed with extreme ease of use in mind. The system is surrounded by a tasteful high gloss décor, with supporting switches accented in satin chrome. It offers excellent connectivity with smartphones and electronic devices. Several functionalities are available via apps, such as the navigation app BringGo, as well as Stitcher and TuneIn providing internet radio. IntelliLink is compatible with Apple and Android. USB and Bluetooth connections are of course available, and Siri Eyes Free can also be used.

The 3-dimensionally sculpted steering wheel with the small and efficiently packaged airbag cover is designed to not only look great, but with ergonomics in the forefront. The switches are integrated into the overall design with extreme precision and framed by a tasteful, satin chrome bezel.

The round, chrono-styled instruments and satin chrome framed switches convey the aura of sporty precision.

Five configurations, Essentia, Enjoy, Color Edition, Sport and Cosmo, along with various decors give the customer an individual and flexible choice. In addition to sophisticated 3D, embossed fabrics, the Uplevel and Design Edition trims are accented by either a galvanized or painted decor-blade, each designed to give the interior a distinctively modern and tailored character. The successful Color Edition Campaign of the New Corsa takes full advantage of this creative flexibility by expressively combining five exterior colors into the interior.

The two-tone accent color, which matches the seats, wraps from the lower IP into the door trims, visually widening the cabin, and creating an ambience more typical of upmarket cars.

The new Corsa also introduces an industry first seat fabric printing technology. This unique technology enables an unprecedented level of trim flexibility, as well as endless creative opportunities. This cutting edge technology, clearly reflects the overall design innovation, use of state of the art technologies, and premium execution which are cornerstones of the New Corsa interior. Once again and even at this level of detail, Opel shows it is an innovative pioneer.

The high quality of design execution, materials and workmanship can be found throughout the entire interior. In the dynamic, deeply sculpted front door panels, pleasantly soft materials are combined with useful solutions such as a compartment for 1.5-liter bottles. The center console also includes convenient details such as three cup holders. In front of the gear lever, there is an innovative, flexible cup holder, which can optionally also hold an ashtray.

All in all the new Corsa boasts a new level of quality, material and workmanship that is usually expected in cars from upper categories. Thereby, Opel substantiates its quality standard of also offering small cars with a premium touch at affordable prices.

Full of Innovation: New Opel Corsa with Advanced Assistant Systems

Whisper quiet, more comfortable and precise than ever, safeguarded by innovative assistance systems and perfectly connected - these are key qualities that distinguish the new Corsa. Opel's fifth generation small car raises the bar in comfort and safety thanks to a host of driver assistance systems, many of which are unrivalled in its class. They include automatic, hands-free Park Assist II and state-of-the-art bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light and LED daytime running lights. The new Corsa also offers Opel's award-winning IntelliLink infotainment system for the first time. It provides the seamless integration of Apple iOS and Android smartphone functionalities inside the car, ensuring Corsa drivers stay safely connected when they are on the road.

Five trim levels are available for the new Corsa: Essentia, Color Edition, Enjoy, Sport and Cosmo. No matter which is chosen, they share a common attribute: a ride quality and standard of refinement that is better than ever before. This new level of sophistication is due to numerous optimizations. For example, the windshield wipers are less exposed to airflow, doors and door handles benefit from improved sealing to ensure less wind noise, and the overall level of noise and vibrations has been reduced.

Thermal comfort too has been substantially optimized. As in the previous generation, the steering wheel and the front seats can be heated, but the introduction of the ThermaTec windshield that is heated too to rapidly provide perfect visibility on humid days is major news. At the touch of a button, occupants can feel pleasantly warm within one minute, even when it's freezing outside. Unlike conventional air conditioning systems, the new Corsa's electronic climate control utilizes a patented control strategy which maintains constant comfort through the seasons, without the need to change settings. Using performance data that includes more than 200 characteristics, a microprocessor computes the on-board climate and adjusts it to match the desired values. The result is an air conditioning system that is more stable and harmoniously compensates for temperature fluctuations inside the car, resulting in a better feeling of comfort especially on long journeys. An activated-carbon cabin air filter keeps pollen and unpleasant smells at bay.

Seats featuring elaborate workmanship and optimal contours with contemporary upholstery fabrics give the new Corsa cabin a final premium flourish. Like in the previous generation, which always scored very well in the segment, there is also plenty of space inside both the new three and five-door Corsa, even though they are only 4.02 meters long. In the 3-door version, Easy Entry front seats enable simple and contortion-free cabin access. The luggage compartment is equipped with a double floor either enabling flush loading or offering an extended volume with a deeper bottom. The 60/40 split folding rear bench seat turns the elegant interior into a spacious storage compartment. With the rear seat backrests folded forward, the Corsa offers a load capacity of 1,120 liters. An optional panorama sunroof offers extended luminosity and raises the sensation of spaciousness, while pleasant ambient lighting and a high-class interior lend the cabin a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The new Corsa generation also offers Opel's innovative practical FlexFix bicycle carrier as an option. It is neatly integrated into the rear bumper so it is always available and ready to carry up to two bikes.

Top connectivity: IntelliLink infotainment system links Corsa to outside world

The new generation Corsa introduces Opel's award-winning IntelliLink infotainment system that brings the connected world of smartphones and apps into the cabin. IntelliLink is fully compatible with the latest ANDROID and Apple iOS-based smartphones and is extremely affordable at only 300 euros. Several mobile phones can be simultaneously connected inside the car through Bluetooth.

IntelliLink has a standard seven-inch color touchscreen and its home page gives access to five major functions: make phone calls (Phone), listen to music (Audio), looks at photos and videos (Gallery), change settings such as the language of the system for instance (Settings) or use apps (Apps). BringGo is IntelliLink's navigation app. It can be downloaded from the app store as a map version for Eastern and Western Europe. Once downloaded, the map data remains installed on the user's smartphone, which means Corsa owners do not need a smartphone broadband connection to use the BringGo navigation system. BringGo solely uses the smartphone's GPS to locate the Corsa. The Stitcher app is a useful global podcast internet radio service which lets users listen to programs live, or after they have been broadcast. Once Stitcher is downloaded to a smartphone, Corsa owners can access more than 10,000 podcasts on demand, including radio shows and live stations around the world, via the Corsa's IntelliLink touchscreen. With access to a global network of 70,000 radio stations, the TuneIn app has the power to offer entertainment to suit the tastes of every listener. The integration of Apple iOS devices within IntelliLink also enables SIRI EYES FREE voice control. This makes it possible for drivers to hear an incoming SMS read aloud, or dictate an SMS and emails - all while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

There are there levels of infotainment equipment for the new Opel Corsa: The R 3.0 Radio, the CD 3.0 BT system, with radio and a MP3/WMA compatible CD player featuring Bluetooth and USB connections and the state-of the-art IntelliLink infotainment system.

Assistant on board: Ultra-modern systems make driving safer

The new Corsa not only offers a new driving experience with improved comfort and precision thanks to its new chassis and steering systems, it also makes driving easier and safer with advanced assistance systems. Particularly in hectic city driving conditions, they help the driver in a variety of ways. At the touch of a button, the standard City mode increases power assistance at lower speeds, which is particularly useful when maneuvering in congested urban areas. Hill Start Assist also comes as standard. It maintains the brake function for about two seconds after the driver has taken his/her foot off the brake pedal. This prevents the Corsa from rolling back when starting on a slope or, for instance, when driving off from traffic lights or an uphill parking spot.

Many of the new Corsa's driver assistance systems are unrivalled in its vehicle class. These include bi-xenon headlamps with cornering light and LED daytime running lights. This impressive system that so far was only available in vehicles of superior classes offers improved range, brightness and color intensity - a decisive plus for visibility and safety. In addition, it has a lower power consumption, and a much longer service life.

The new generation Advanced Park Assist identifies suitable parking spaces and automatically parks the vehicle, without the driver touching the wheel. The ultrasonic sensor-based system measures parallel or perpendicular parking spots, calculates the vehicle's trajectory and automatically steers the Corsa into a space. The driver just controls acceleration, deceleration and gear shifting. Advanced Park Assist always comes with Side Blind Spot Alert, which also uses the ultrasonic sensors to warn the driver of an imminent collision when changing lanes. The sensors have a range of three meters to the left and right of the car, enabling them to detect objects or other vehicles in the driver's blind spot. Whenever another vehicle comes within range of the sensors, a warning LED illuminates in the relevant exterior door mirror. The optional combined pack, comprising the up-level functionalities of Park Assist and Side Blind Spot Alert, is offered for 580 euros.

A speed limiter function also allows the driver to select a maximum vehicle speed above 30 km/h at the touch of a steering wheel control button. This feature is particularly useful in town or city driving, for instance to prevent a 30 km/h speed limit being inadvertently exceeded.

Extras such as the optional Rearview Camera (295 euros) can also be integrated, while safety is further increased thanks to new systems - such as the second-generation Opel Eye front camera system with Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Warning. Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers with an acoustic and visual warning when they unintentionally stray out of their lane. Traffic Sign Recognition reads speed limit, no-passing and supplementary road signs. To provide maximum safety, Forward Collision Warning uses an acoustic alert and a red, head-up warning that is projected into the windshield whenever the distance to the preceding vehicle falls below the pre-set minimum distance. Following Distance Indication (FDI) provides the driver with the distance to other vehicles in front in seconds. High Beam Assistant automatically activates the High Beam Light for better road illumination and improved visibility. The system monitors the distance to a preceding vehicle or oncoming traffic, recognizes the headlamps or tail lights of other vehicles and automatically switches the headlamps to low beam to prevent blinding other road users. This results in higher comfort and safety for drivers and passengers.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC), fitted as standard, guarantees high driving stability during evasive maneuvers or on slippery road surfaces. As soon as the Corsa threatens to break away, the system engages with targeted brake and engine intervention.

The Corsa features three airbag systems as standard: front airbags for driver and passenger, side airbags and head curtain side airbags in front and rear.

Frugal, Silent, Strong: Ultra-modern Powertrains for New Corsa

Opel is in the middle of the most massive powertrain offensive in its history: since spring 2013, it has launched three new generation engine families - and it will continue, as 17 new engines will be introduced by 2018. After the new generation midsize gasoline and diesel power units, now comes the small gasoline 3 cylinder, 1.0 liter ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo. Freshly launched in the ADAM family, it also is the highlight in the new generation Corsa. It offers outstandingly sophisticated driving refinement and responsiveness together with frugal fuel consumption - proving that high driving comfort and pleasure can be combined with excellent efficiency. Another addition to the gasoline powertrain line-up is a 1.4-liter Turbo generating remarkable peak torque of 200 Nm. On the diesel side, the new generation Corsa is available with two 1.3 CDTI engines offering 55 kW/75 hp and 70 kW/95 hp. Both have been profoundly reworked to provide more refinement and responsiveness while remaining outstandingly efficient - as proves a fuel consumptions as low as 3.2 liter/100 km in the combined cycle.

The new Corsa also comes with many transmission novelties. The new 1.0 Turbo gasoline engine is combined with an all-new, compact six-speed manual gearbox featuring minimized internal friction for a better efficiency and excellent shift comfort. Two further transmission novelties round off the range. A new six-speed, torque converter-based automatic transmission brings driving luxury previously reserved for higher vehicle classes to the small car segment. In addition, the new Corsa can be equipped with a new generation automated, five-speed manual transmission Easytronic 3.0 for which shifting smoothness has been substantially improved. Easytronic 3.0 provides automated operation at a more affordable price as well as excellent fuel efficiency and smooth gear shifting.

Three-cylinders in two power outputs: 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo

The new generation three-cylinder engine that powers the new Corsa has been developed from a white sheet of paper. It is the first of a new family of small gasoline three and four-cylinder units that will be progressively introduced in the Opel range. A three-cylinder architecture has been selected to reach new levels of fuel efficiency for gasoline-powered cars. As some customers hesitate to opt for a three cylinder engines due to their rather high level of noise and vibrations, the 200 engineers who developed Opel's new generation unit in Rüsselsheim over the last three and a half years put comfort at the top of their development priority list. As a result, Opel's three cylinder is the most silent and the quietest three-cylinder unit on the market place. Numerous sound engineering measures contribute to the engine's benchmark refinement, as 40 components and sub-groups have been acoustically-optimized from the beginning of the development - such as the cylinder block as well as the structurally isolated fuel injection system and crankshaft. In addition, a sump-mounted counter-rotating balance shaft further reduces noise and vibrations. This is a universally unique feature for a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.

Second development priority of the new-generation 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine was to deliver excellent responsiveness - so, not only the quietness, but also the pleasure provided should surprise customers. Both versions with 66 kW/90 hp and 85 kW/115 hp excel in delivering strong low-end torque with extreme efficiency, pumping out 170 Nm from just 1,800 rpm. This is particularly evident during acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h, a decisive speed range for overtaking, when this compact powerhouse belies its size by delivering strong power from low rpm. Propelled by the 115 hp version, the Corsa makes this transition in just 10.4 seconds.

Start/Stop technology is fitted as standard with both versions of the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo. This helps them to boast excellent fuel economy: the 90 hp, three-door Corsa consumes just 4.3 l/100 km over the combined cycle, equating to only 100 g/km CO2 emissions.

State-of-the-art technologies in Opel's new generation three-cylinder engine include high-pressure direct fuel injection, an ultra-compact turbocharging system and continuously variable valve timing (intake and exhaust sides). Lightweight, all-aluminum construction, with a cylinder head-integrated exhaust manifold, contributes to low weight: the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo tips the scales at just 106 kg. The engine is mated to an all-new, compact six-speed manual gearbox. Highlights include greater efficiency, thanks to low friction design and a precise shift feel.

Broad engine portfolio includes new gasoline 1.4 turbo as torque hero

In addition to both three-cylinder newcomers, the new Corsa's gasoline powertrain line-up also includes 1.2 and 1.4-liter four-cylinder units. New to the range is the 74 kW/100 hp 1.4-liter turbo, delivering 200 Nm maximum torque over a wide plateau from 1,850 to 3,500 rpm. It is strong pulling power that establishes this engine that is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, as the torque hero of the new Corsa powertrain portfolio. The entry-level Corsa engine is a 1.2-liter, naturally-aspirated unit with 51 kW/70 hp. It is followed by a 66 kW/90 hp, 1.4-liter gasoline engine which can be mated to three different transmissions - manual, full automatic or the automated Easytronic 3.0.

Fuel consumption as low as 3.2 liter/100 km and 85 g/km CO2 emissions

The 1.3-liter diesel engine in the new generation Corsa has been profoundly reworked in its hard- and software in order to deliver smoother power and sound and to comply with the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard. The 1.3 CDTI can be ordered in two output versions, 55 kW/75 hp or 70 kW/95 hp, both giving 190 Nm maximum torque. New-generation turbochargers ensure smooth driving and acceleration at low engine speeds with minimal noise generation. Both versions come with fuel-saving Start/Stop technology fitted as standard and a five-speed manual gearbox - six-speed will also be available soon in combination with higher output. At launch, the most frugal Corsa diesel version - a three-door model with 70 kW/95 hp, a five-speed manual transmission and braking energy recuperation system - can reduce CO2 emissions down to 85 g/km and fuel consumption to 3.2 l/100 km in the combined cycle. This has earned it Germany's A+ energy efficiency label (according to Regulation [EC] No 715/2007).

Crisp six-speed transmission for higher efficiency and driving refinement

Opel's new generation six-speed manual gearbox developed under the code M1X is mated standard with the new generation three cylinder engine. It is distinguished by its improved efficiency and outstanding shift quality. Opel engineers have achieved greater operating efficiency through optimally stepped gear ratios and low friction design for internal components. Weighing less than 40 kg, this is one of the lightest manual gearboxes on the market.

Luxury in a small car: Six-speed automatic transmission

For the first time in the small car class, Opel offers a six-speed automatic transmission. The increased number of ratios (the Corsa of the previous generation had a four-speed automatic transmission) enable a wider spread of gears. The long sixth gear, for example, ensures a low engine speed during autobahn driving, less engine friction and a pleasantly low noise level in the cabin. Initially this transmission, featuring fast and extremely smooth gear shifting, is available exclusively with the 66 kW/90 hp 1.4-liter gasoline engine. Opel engineers designed the automatic gearbox with torque converter so that it is oil filled for life.

Easytronic 3.0: Next generation automated manual transmission

With the new Corsa, Opel introduces its third-generation automated five-speed manual transmission. It will appeal especially to price-sensitive customers who do not want to forgo the comfort offered by an automatic transmission. Easytronic 3.0 is a technical quantum leap which catapults shifting and drive-off responses to a level near that of conventional, converter-based automatic transmissions - but for about half the price and with improved fuel economy. Technical optimization has been achieved through advancements in the areas of actuators, sensor technology and control engineering, as well as the incorporation of a completely re-worked base manual gearbox. There are also new functions in the interaction between the powertrain's control modules. In addition to automatic mode with an electro-hydraulic actuator taking over shifting and clutching operations, Easytronic 3.0 also offers manual gear shifting via push and pull operation of the gearshift.

Compared to conventional automatic transmissions, Easytronic 3.0 has a lower weight and minimal interior friction. It opens the door to excellent fuel efficiency as it can reduce the 66 kW/90 hp Corsa 1.4 ecoFLEX's fuel consumption down to just 4.7 l/100 km over the combined cycle with 110 g/km CO2 emissions.

Precise and Comfortable: New Opel Corsa, the Small Car with High Standards

Chassis engineers in charge of developing the fifth generation Opel Corsa have set to themselves the objective of delighting future customers with a driving experience comparable to the one provided by larger, more expensive cars in terms of comfort and precision. They have lowered the center of gravity of the new Corsa by 5 millimeters and completely redesigned its chassis and steering systems.

"The chassis of the new generation Corsa does not inherit a single component from the previous model. We turned every conceivable setscrew to achieve a better drive experience with new levels of comfort, precision and pleasure. At the same time, we concentrated on finding the optimal balance between enjoyable dynamics and predictable, safest road-handling," said Michael Ableson, Vice-President Vehicle Engineering Europe.

New Corsa chassis raises the bar for comfort, fun and safety

In addition to its 5 millimeter lower center of gravity, the Corsa receives a new, stiffer, redesigned chassis. The front MacPherson suspension has a new geometry with new front knuckles which improve the vehicle's roll behavior, steering response and understeer behavior. A new, reinforced sub-frame increases torsional rigidity, while dual strut mounts provide improved responsiveness on uneven surfaces. Furthermore, the new spring rates and damper characteristics in the front reduce the pitching moment during sharp braking maneuvers. This results in the Corsa remaining controllable in case of emergency braking, even for inexperienced drivers. The rear axle torsion bar has been redesigned too, and an enhanced stabilizer has been added to reduce tilting for a better cornering compliance and stability.

Corsa customers can choose between two chassis set-ups, the standard 'Comfort' and the more active and direct 'Sport'. The Comfort chassis is featured with 14 to 16 inch wheels. The Sport chassis has stiffer springs and shock absorbers as well as a specific steering geometry and calibration for a more direct response. It is optional with 16-inch wheels and comes standard on Corsa models equipped with 17-inch wheels.

New steering system with numerous innovations

In order to improve directional stability, the Opel engineers changed the mounting points of the rack-and-pinion steering shaft and optimized its geometry. A newly constructed mounting for the steering column saves space which is filled with additional padding material and increases driver safety in case of a collision. Furthermore, the steering column possesses special impact absorbers.

The development of a completely new electrical architecture for the fifth generation Corsa enables a more sophisticated level of interaction between its various systems. An optimized software for the electrical and speed-dependent power steering adds additional possibilities. For instance, all new Corsa are equipped with a new standard 'City' steering mode that allows reducing steering effort at low speeds for easing maneuvers. The City mode is activated at the press of a button located on the center console.

Furthermore, the active cornering component of the Corsa's steering aids the driver in crosswinds and on convex roads. Amongst others, the software is fed with the data from the ninth generation Electronic Stability Program (ESPPlus). This system contains no less than eleven different functions, including, for example, the new Hill Start Assist.

Elsewhere, the fifth generation of the Opel bestseller can be fitted with an Advanced Parking Assistant (€580 including VAT). This system recognizes parallel and perpendicular parking spaces and takes over the steering, meaning that the driver only has to control the pedals.

Well-rounded: Brakes and wheels

The base new Corsa comes with 14-inch steel rims and 185/70 tires. In combination with a turbocharged engine (1.0 turbo, 1.4 turbo and 1.3 CDTI), the new Corsa is always fitted with 15-inch or bigger wheels. However, the Opel bestseller can optionally be ordered with 17-inch rims and 215-wide tires. The standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System display warns the driver in the event of excessive pressure loss in one of the tires.

The braking system consists of ventilated front and solid rear discs which can easily cope with high stress. The pedal feel is distinguished by the exactly defined pressure point and excellent controllability. The braking systems is assisted by electronic aids that permanently receive information for the ABS/ESP sensors. For example, the systems recognizes if the braking maneuver is being performed while cornering and distributes the braking force to all four wheels depending on the load.

A car's life in high speed: Fifth generation Opel Corsa at the test center

The engineers in Opel's Test Center in Dudenhofen have tested the new generation Corsa extensively over thousands of kilometers before allowing it to be presented to the customers. The Opel Development Team pushed the new Corsa to its limits during the tests: the development prototypes had to master 40,000 kilometers on the torture track, the high speed circuit and in hilly terrain, equivalent to 160,000 kilometer on "normal" demanding roads. Within only 24 weeks, these development prototypes are put through burdens that a production car would normally only encounter during its entire life cycle.

The new Corsa was asked to prove its resilience time and time again on the torture track. The track delivers exactly what its name promises: more than 900 meters of potholes, humps, the "washboard", a cobbled section and a pavé track. It's a really tough test for the chassis, which will most probably never go through such torture in real life - but the Corsa mastered it comfortably. To put the steering, transmission and brakes to the test, the new Corsa also successfully completed the hill track many thousand times.

On Dudenhofen's 40-degree banking circuit without lateral forces engineers can test the stability at high speed. Another circuit that is used during the testing procedure has rising and falling gradients, ranging from eight to 30 percent, with different road surfaces and a serpentine section including hairpin turns - similar to conditions found in alpine mountains.

The endurance test, which all new Opel models are put through, was decisive for the new generation Corsa. The longest track at the test center offers many different road surfaces including asphalt and cobblestones, bumps and numerous curves. Here engineers test if the performance and quality they fine-tuned and approved in the development vehicles have been successfully transferred to the production vehicles. This final quality control ensures that any minute disturbances or doubts are erased, thus guaranteeing that the new Corsa reaches the customers perfectly aligned with the stringent performance and quality targets set at the beginning of its development.

Continuing a Successful Tradition

Innovative, comfortable and progressive: The new Opel Corsa is raising the bar in the small car segment with a completely new driving experience thanks to groundbreaking assistance systems along with latest engine and transmission technology. These qualities allow it to continue the 32-year success story started by the four generations of its predecessors seamlessly. Ever since Opel brought the entry-level Corsa A to market in 1982, every Corsa generation has been unique in its own way. Tina Müller, Chief Marketing Officer of the Opel Group, explained: "Traditionally, the Corsa is one of our most important models. Year for year it is responsible for more than a quarter of our sales. Every model was perfectly in line with the zeitgeist and the fifth generation will continue the success story." 12.4 million cars sold, 11.8 million in Europe alone, show that the Corsa is one of the most popular cars in its segment.

Overall, the three and five-door Corsa models of the fourth generation are currently ranked fourth in the much-disputed western European small car segment. In its major markets, the United Kingdom and Germany, it is even ranked second after the first six months of 2014 - in Germany with 13 per cent market share, very close to its main rival. The new Corsa generation wants to build on and eclipse this success. The popularity of the Corsa is not only reflected by the total sales but also by the amount of prizes it has won, including national "Car of the Year" awards in various countries. Immediately after its introduction in 1982, the Corsa A won the "Golden Steering Wheel" in Germany, and the latest generation, the Corsa D, was elected AUTOBEST when it was launched in 2006.

Innovative Technology: Corsa recipe for success with new ingredients

For 32 years, the Corsa has been offering an ever-changing, wide-spanning portfolio of different variants that Opel has been optimizing by adding new models, modern technology and individual configurations. This is also valid for the fifth generation Corsa. It unites German engineering, emotional design, top connectivity and excellent value for money. In addition, turbocharged gasoline engines of the new generation and deeply reworked diesel engines deliver amble power, low fuel consumption and low emissions.

The efficient offer of interior space given the compact dimensions is one of the decisive factors for the success of the Corsa, particularly of the 4.00-meter long fourth generation. It also characterizes the new generation Corsa, which has a very spacious cockpit for up to five people despite a contained length of 4.02 meters - no matter whether as a five-door family car or as a sportier coupé-like three-door model for singles, young and young at heart drivers.

Furthermore, the fifth edition of Opel's small all-rounder exudes a new, superior quality. The designers have kept most of the very popular silhouette of the fourth generation but have given the new Corsa a new, more sophisticated appeal with flowing, sculptured shapes and precisely designed details - all in accordance with Opel's design philosophy. Most attention however has been given to the interior of the new Corsa. Clear and clean with stretched, horizontal lines enhancing the sense of space, it demonstrates just how stylish and luxurious a small car can be with excellently processed high-class fabrics and materials.

The IntelliLink infotainment system, including a seven-inch color touchscreen, guarantees excellent connectivity while ultra-modern driver assistance systems raise the bar in comfort and safety in this B segment (small cars) - and all of this for Opel-typical affordable prices.

The fifth generation Corsa's new driving experience, which customers can normally only get in bigger and more expensive cars, is also exciting. Numerous measures deliver absolute precision and driving comfort - such as the new generation three-cylinder turbo gasoline engines, the low friction latest generation transmissions, the optimized steering and the completely overhauled chassis.

This recipe combining comfortable features with ultra-modern infotainment, driver assistance systems and powertrain technologies surely puts the Corsa in the perfect place to continue to deliver perfect all-round owner experience in the very competitive small car segment.

Foundation of the Corsa's success: Permanent quality control and low costs

During its development, the new Corsa was subjected to strict quality control in all areas. In addition to the regular validation program, 80 cars from the earliest pre-production phase accumulated hundreds of thousands of test kilometers as quickly as possible in order to receive additional important information - just one piece of the jigsaw that will increase the quality and reliability in the future serial model.

The fifth generation Corsa will start running off the production lines in the Opel plants in Eisenach and Zaragoza from the end of 2014. A three-door, gasoline engine Corsa E can be ordered for a very attractive entry-level price of €11,980 in Germany. Efficient driving pleasure with the diesel engine is available from €14,930. A five-door Corsa will only cost an additional €750 (RRP including VAT in Germany).

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