5 things to know about a German city car

5 things to know about a German city car


For 40 years it has been running mechanics all over the world, Opel Corsa is, without being an icon after six generations alike, a fashion however important. If, with us, it has never been a concern the French references, it has always managed to make itself a good place in the category and in the general classification. In some countries, such as Germany or the United Kingdom (the country that wears the Vauxhall badge and not Opel), it is a real star. But do you really know him? Here are 5 things you may not know about.

1) He was named Nova in England for his 1st generation

Not only did the Opel Corsa wear the same badge as here on the other side of the Channel, but the very first one, the Corsa A manufactured from 1982 to 1993, was not named when it was launched in the UK market. . At the time, the very similarity of sound between Corsa and “coarser” (“worse” in the Molière language) was disturbing. It will also take the name Nova until the release of the second edition in 1993.

2) It was the world’s best-selling car in 1998

Of all the Corsa generations, the second most commonly known as the “Corsa B” is the most successful so far. With 4 million units sold between 1993 and 2000, it is ahead of Corsa A, a popular 2nd generation with 3.1 million units, and D, produced between 2006 and 2014 for 2.9 million units. Despite short work, Corsa C earned a good mark with 2.5 million units sold from 2000 to 2006. Pending the final results of the current version, Corsa D brings back with “only” 1,3 million units sold between 2014. and 2019. Semi-hearted success but one that can be explained and that we will return only later.

But back to our sheep with the most popular Corsa, version 2. So much so that it was even, in 1998, number 1 in car sales worldwide, which is nothing. Check out the front of the Toyota Corolla, the most registered style in history, hats off!

In the front row, from left to right, Opel Corsa D, E and F. Back, from left to right, Corsa A, B and C.© Vauxhall

3) Corsa E (2014-2019) was just a major overhaul of Corsa D (2006-2014)

You find that Corsa D and Corsa E are very similar. What may be more common since the 2014 model is just a major overhaul of the previous one. The same original Fiat platform with a non-removable wheel (2.51 m), plastic reminiscent of the old version in parts with, for example, side glass surfaces and mirrors similar to Corsa D, more or less similar technology, Corsa E makes. it does not differ much from the original. This may explain its lesser success compared to previous games.

Opel Corsa D (2006-2014) © OpelOpel Corsa E (2014-2019) © automobile-magazine.fr

4) Corsa F (current, on sale since 2019) should be a completely different model.

At once, it could be one of the stories you know. After all, this refers to the last generation, it is still pure news. Well, if the development of Corsa had already progressed considerably during the Opel seizure by the late PSA group, it was finally decided to abandon the General Motors platform. Eventually, the sixth Opel Corsa by that name will replace the previous Peugeot 208.

5) It is the best-selling Opel in France since 2007!

The last little thing you may not know about Corsa, but it has been at the top of Opel sales in our area since 2007. However! Yes yes, you have to go back in 2006 to find another Opel car in front of a city car in the list of the most popular cars in France. It was Zafira, MPV integrated! Different times, different customs …