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VAUXHALL has unveiled its all-new Corsa supermini ahead of its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Now into its fourth generation the newcomer will, promises Vauxhall, raise the class benchmark for its driving experience, comfort and practicality.
Like its great rival the Fiesta, the Corsa has become a household name for British small car buyers, outselling the Ford in both Scotland and Northern Ireland.
While being near-identical in length to the current model, almost every other element of the Vauxhall’s design and engineering has changed.
For instance all of the car’s body panels are new, making the sporty style of three-door model stand out more from the premium look of its five-door stablemate.
And for the first time on a Corsa the car’s profile has been overlaid with Brit Mark Adams’ sculptural design, including elements like the ‘blade’ running across the lower door sections.
Inside there’s a completely re-designed instrument panel and dashboard, highlighted by Vauxhall’s IntelliLink system while under the bonnet, new engines and transmissions will be available from launch.
A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo – one from a raft of new engines – will headline the petrol offerings, while an improved 1.3 CDTi should will appeal to diesel buyers.
To make the car more enjoyable and dynamic to drive, the Corsa’s chassis has also been redesigned with an emphasis on rolling refinement, ride quality, handling and stability.
Vauxhall chief Tim Tozer said: “Corsa remains the best-selling car in Vauxhall’s range, which is testament to the continued appeal of the current model to UK buyers, supported by a raft of innovative sales programmes that make the car even more enticing.
“So New Corsa has its work cut out – both as a worthy replacement for the existing car later this year, and as a new challenger in a highly competitive class. We’re confident that it will jump both hurdles with ease.’
The Corsa has been Vauxhall’s best-selling car for many years, generally sitting at number two in the overall passenger car sales charts.
However, its popularity in Scotland and Northern Ireland has blossomed over the years, where it tops the overall sales charts, while being Scotland’s best-selling car for the last five full years.
In its last full year, Vauxhall sold 83,000 Corsas in the UK, outstripping total full range sales of manufacturers like SEAT, Skoda, Renault and Citroen.