Vauxhall Corsa

From Vauxhall press: The Corsa, Vauxhall’s second best-selling model after the Astra, and a near-permanent fixture in the UK’s top-three best sellers’ list, has now adopted many of the premium styling cues from other recently launched Vauxhalls, such as the Insignia, Astra and Meriva.

Styled by Niels Loeb, Vauxhall/Opel’s Chief Exterior Designer working in Brit, Mark Adams’ design team, the new Corsa features a signature chrome bar, carrying the new Griffin badge, stretching across the front grille, while a re-styled front bumper with a more prominent, wider lower grille gives the Corsa a smiling appearance.

Framing the Corsa’s new face are ‘Eagle-Eye’ headlamps, which have also made an appearance on the recently launched Meriva. The units have a chrome finish and include daytime running lights as standard across the range. New chrome-finished fog lamps and housings complete the picture at the front of the car.

Complementing the Corsa’s range of engines that was comprehensively improved and revised last year, is Start/Stop technology, enabling the Euro 5-compliant 1.3 CDTi (95PS) models to achieve 80.7mpg on the combined cycle.

The principle of Start/Stop is simple: instead of the engine idling at traffic lights or at a level crossing, the engine will automatically stop when the driver engages neutral and releases the clutch pedal. When the traffic lights turn green, the driver simply presses the clutch pedal to re-start the engine, engage first and move away. Naturally, the car’s ventilation, power steering and braking system performance is maintained while the engine is temporarily off.

Drivers who use their cars frequently in town driving, where the Corsa’s Start/Stop function will come in to its own, will see the biggest gains in fuel consumption where the Corsa EcoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (95PS) Start/Stop achieves an official urban mpg figure of 67.3mpg.

But the package of improvements to Corsa ecoFLEX’s doesn’t end there. To ensure Start/Stop is reliable during the car’s life, an enhanced starter motor is used, along with a high performance battery and Electric Power Management system, for efficient re-starts. An additional water pump keeps the cabin warm in cool weather during the stop phase, and owners have the ability to turn off Start/Stop completely via a dashboard button.

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