The Opel Corsa is classified as a supermini car that is engineered and produced by German carmaker Opel. Production of this car first started in 1982 and it has been sold under a number of other brands, including Holden, Chevrolet, and Vahall. This vehicle is currently in its fourth generation an d is built in both Germany and Spain. And even though the Corsa has been sold in countries around the world, it has never been made available in the U.S or Canada.
The front-wheel drive version of the Opel was first released in September of 1982. The first Corsa, also known as the Corsa A, has a 4-door design and was originally built in Zaragoza, Spain, where there were three-door hatchback and 2-door sedan versions available. The basic model of this vehicle was called the Corsa, and the other trim levels were named the Corsa Lexus, Corsa Berlina, and the more sporty Corsa SR. When this vehicle received a facelift some years later, a new front fascia was introduced along with a whole new line of models, including the LS, GL, GLS, and GT.
The Corsa A was called the Vauxhall Nova in the UK market and was launched in April of 1982, replacing the Chevette, which was discontinued starting in January of 1984. This vehicle is available with a 1.0 liter 45 horsepower engine, a 1.2 liter 55 horsepower, a 1.3 liter 70 horsepower, and a 1.4 liter 75 horsepower petrol engine. Initially these vehicle came with carburetors and fuel injection was added further down the line, but it was never made available for the 1.0 liter. All of these engines were built from the Family II design, with the exception of the 1.0 liter and 1.2 liter engines which were based on the OHV unit from the Kadett C.
An Isuzu-built engine was also available for the Corsa and it was capable of 50 PS with a 1.5 liter diesel design. There was also a rare Sport model produced in 1985 and all of them came in white with unique vinyl decals as well as a 13SB engine with twin Weber 40 DCOE carburetors. There were some improvements made to this vehicle later on which boosted the engine’s horsepower to 93 with a top speed of 112 mph.
The Corsa B was first introduced to the public in 1993 and in this year the Vauxhall name was dropped in UK markets, with the car being simply known as the Corsa. The next year this vehicle was launched by Holden in Australia and was called the Barina, effectively replacing the Suzuki Swift model of the same name. This ended up being a great move for the company and they experienced a tremendous amount of success selling this particular model. This car is still build and sold throughout Latin America as the Chevrolet Corsa Classic, and there was a budget version of this vehicle released as well, called the Chevrolet Celta.
The Corsa C, which was produced from 2000-2006, was first introduced to the public in 1999 and put on the European market the following year. General Motors named the new chassis for this car Gamma and made plans to use with a number of different models in the future. The sedan version of the Corsa C is offered in Latin America as well as South Africa and places throughout the Middle East. There is also a Brazilian version of the Caorsa which features a much more conservative front end than the European version. The Corsa C achieved very poor safety ratings with the Euro NCAP, including an adult occupant score of half a star and a pedestrian score of one star.