2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

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    2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Across four generations spanning 32 years, almost 12 million Corsas have been sold in Europe. Let's have a look what has changed.


    New chassis and new steering

    The top priority for the Opel engineering development team was to provide Corsa customers with a driving experience comparable to larger, more expensive cars in terms of comfort and precision. New chassis and steering systems provide the foundation. The chassis does not inherit a single component from the current Corsa. Straight line and cornering stability is increased thanks to a 5 millimeter lower center of gravity, a stiffer sub-frame, a new suspension geometry including a new front knuckle. Roll behavior, steering response and understeer characteristics are all improved. New damping characteristics also give the fifth-generation Corsa better filtration of disturbances from potholes and uneven road surfaces, providing exemplary comfort in a small car.

    The development of a completely new electrical architecture for the fifth generation Corsa enables a more sophisticated level of interaction between its various systems. Together with a new steering geometry and steering software calibration, this enhanced system benefits the new, speed-sensitive electric power steering: it has a more precise response and improves both driving pleasure and comfort. A new standard feature in all Corsa models that allows reducing steering effort at low speeds, the City mode is easily activated at the press of a button.

    As for the current Corsa, customers can choose between two chassis set-ups, Comfort and Sport. The Sport chassis has stiffer springs and shock absorbers as well as a specific steering geometry and calibration for a more direct response.


    Latest generation 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo

    The highlight under the hood of the new so-called “Corsa E” of the fifth generation is the installation of Opel’s newly-developed three-cylinder, 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, part of the brand’s major powertrain offensive. This ultra-modern pocket powerhouse is the only 1,0-liter three-cylinder production engine with a balance shaft, which enables it set a new class benchmark for exceptionally low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics, as well as high driving comfort. The compact, all-aluminum 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, which of course already meets Euro 6 emission standards, is available in two output configurations, giving 66 kW/90 hp or 85 kW/115 hp. Both shine with excellent responsiveness and strong low-end torque, pumping out 170 Nm (125 lb-ft) from just 1,800 rpm. Opel’s new, small-displacement three-cylinder engine is fitted with Start/Stop technology as standard.

    The introduction of new transmissions also contributes to the enhanced driving experience and improvement in efficiency. Both versions of the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo are mated to an all-new, compact six-speed manual gearbox. Highlights include greater efficiency, thanks to low friction design and a precise shift feel. Changing gears in the new Corsa is comfortable and smooth, as well as fast and precise. With the launch of the new Corsa, Opel also offers its newest-generation six-speed automatic transmission, as well as the completely new Easytronic 3.0 automated manual transmission giving enhanced, smoother responsiveness – the perfect way to affordably combine the comfort of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual.


    IntelliLink and driver assistance systems

    Cleanly designed, the cabin of the new Corsa is organized around an eye-catching driver control center whose instrument panel fascia is designed around horizontal lines that optically enhance the generous interior spaciousness. The IntelliLink system’s 7-inch color touchscreen is ideally located on the center stack, close to the gear shift. This allows the driver’s hand to swiftly and naturally move between the transmission control and the touchscreen. The new Corsa’s state-of-the-art infotainment system offers best connectivity opportunities, is compatible with Apple and Android devices and can be operated by voice command. Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free can also be used. Several apps are available such as BringGo for navigation, as well as Stitcher and TuneIn for internet radio and podcasts, and there is a practical FlexDock parking and charging station for smartphones.

    The new Corsa introduces a host of driver assistance systems, many of which are unrivalled in its vehicle class. Safety is increased thanks to new systems that are all available in the Corsa for the first time – such as 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.

    Driving comfort is also improved by the Advanced Park Assist that automatically steers during parking maneuvers, as well as by the Rear View Camera and the Hill Start Assist. The steering wheel, front seats and now the windshield can all be heated to provide cozy warmth in the cabin and good visibility on cold days. The high-class interior features finely sculpted front seats boasting superb workmanship, a large panorama roof, and pleasant ambient lighting, which lends the cabin a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Could make for a nice Buick.

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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Thanks for the post.

    Most members did not catch all of the many important changes made to the Corsa, appreciate the fact Opel explained why the display was located in the middle of the dash opposed to being higher.

    Like the fact Opel updated the interior since this will impact market perception of the Corsa and thik Opel did quite an extensive update to an existing platform.

    The "unseen" updates in the engine/transmissions and chassis will improve the driving dynamics/ride comfort and performance/efficiency enough to validate that the Corsa is a car worth a look and improve it's sales.

    Really think the new Corsa will do well, maybe not groundbreaking, but should have no problems meeting Opel/Vauxhall expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SierraGS View Post
    Thanks for the post.

    Most members did not catch all of the many important changes made to the Corsa, appreciate the fact Opel explained why the display was located in the middle of the dash opposed to being higher.

    Like the fact Opel updated the interior since this will impact market perception of the Corsa and thik Opel did quite an extensive update to an existing platform.

    The "unseen" updates in the engine/transmissions and chassis will improve the driving dynamics/ride comfort and performance/efficiency enough to validate that the Corsa is a car worth a look and improve it's sales.

    Really think the new Corsa will do well, maybe not groundbreaking, but should have no problems meeting Opel/Vauxhall expectations.
    I second that.

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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Quote Originally Posted by dslay04 View Post
    Could make for a nice Buick.
    The way things are going this would make a really nice sporty economy car for Buick.

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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    They should have just made an all-new vehicle. This was simply half-assed thanks to people behind the PSA tie-up.
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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    They should have just made an all-new vehicle. This was simply half-assed thanks to people behind the PSA tie-up.
    The PSA deal is dead this is based off the SCCS GM-Fiat platform.

    I'm not sure why Opel doesn't use the Gamma II platform? While it is a Korean based platform GM Europe had a large influence in the development of the second generation. The Sonic has great driving dynamics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    The PSA deal is dead this is based off the SCCS GM-Fiat platform.

    I'm not sure why Opel doesn't use the Gamma II platform? While it is a Korean based platform GM Europe had a large influence in the development of the second generation. The Sonic has great driving dynamics.
    Driving dynamics isn't the problem even compared to the newest generation of small hot hatchbacks. It's the steering, overall riding comfort and the transmissions that needed an update after 8 years.


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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    The PSA deal is dead this is based off the SCCS GM-Fiat platform.

    I'm not sure why Opel doesn't use the Gamma II platform? While it is a Korean based platform GM Europe had a large influence in the development of the second generation. The Sonic has great driving dynamics.
    I am well aware. GM wanted to use the 208 platform for the Corsa, but now of course that plan is dead. A plan that should have never been started in the first place.
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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    The PSA deal is dead this is based off the SCCS GM-Fiat platform.

    I'm not sure why Opel doesn't use the Gamma II platform? While it is a Korean based platform GM Europe had a large influence in the development of the second generation. The Sonic has great driving dynamics.
    Gamma II is an old platform rehashed, resurrected because the GM-Fiat platform share wasn't extended - it's not as good as the GM-Fiat SCCS platform used by Corsa-D and now Corsa-E.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    I'm not sure why Opel doesn't use the Gamma II platform? While it is a Korean based platform GM Europe had a large influence in the development of the second generation. The Sonic has great driving dynamics.
    They hat a Gamma II prototype standing on the scale. This was the end of the project.

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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    They should have just made an all-new vehicle. This was simply half-assed thanks to people behind the PSA tie-up.
    Said like a many who doesn't have to run a business. An all-new vehicle is a billion dollar proposition. Opel is barely scraping by. Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMcA View Post
    Said like a many who doesn't have to run a business. An all-new vehicle is a billion dollar proposition. Opel is barely scraping by. Do the math.
    The Corsa is Opel's second best selling product and has lost market share in its segment due to its age. This ages the vehicle a few more years.

    The result will be more market share loss until Opel does do another all-new vehicle.

    Consider this, by the time there is an all-new Corsa, the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20, among others will have had TWO all-new generations within the current Corsa's lifetime.
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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    The Corsa is Opel's second best selling product and has lost market share in its segment due to its age. This ages the vehicle a few more years.

    The result will be more market share loss until Opel does do another all-new vehicle.

    Consider this, by the time there is an all-new Corsa, the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, SEAT Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20, among others will have had TWO all-new generations within the current Corsa's lifetime.
    AND how many of those cars are ALL NEW versus an updated of tyne OLD Chassis?
    because to me this sounds a LOT like a NEW car
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    and VW is 99-07 and 08 to NOW
    and YES the CORSA is OLD!!! but SCCS is NOT OLDER then the competition when the Corsa E is on it
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    Re: 2015 Opel Corsa: What's New

    New budget priced Vauxhall Viva will wipe the out the expensive Corsa in the EU

    Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (GM's best selling vehicle in the EU, GM's biggest loser, a big sales loser as well).
    EU Corsa sales in decline.
    1997 503,623
    2007 402,092
    2008 360,781
    2009 347,857
    2010 319,986
    2011 314,111
    2012 264,076
    2013 240,005
    2016 120,000? Once the Vauxhall Viva has chomped on Corsa buyers.


    New Vauxhall Viva canibal.

    Vauxhall Viva canibal Corsa eater at $11,980 looks better, more practical, than the expensive cramped Corsa $16,441.
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