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Opel Corsa whether to wait in Russia?

Unlike the previous Corsi, the copyright of which belongs to General Motors, new can be released and we have — for example, the Kaluga factory of PSA.Peter Little “Behind the wheel”

Remember, who are the pirates? Individuals, sea warriors, acting in the interests of the king and under his protection. So the new Corsa is now under the wing of the French group Peugeot-Citroen, like all Opel. It is built on a shared concern for the CMP platform and showcases the German driversi character. As a member of the jury of the European competition Autobest, I have for years watched with some care “lick” a new car.

Platform CMP allows you to create cars with an engine of any type — petrol, diesel and even electric. Assembly Corsi launched in Zaragoza, Spain. In Germany started selling petrol and diesel versions, while the electric will have to wait until next year.

New Corsi offers three petrol engines — two versions of the same three-cylinder engine capacity of 1.2-liter and-liter diesel. The PSA group has developed these units for relatives Corsi — the Peugeot 208 and the DS 3 Crossback.

Length five-door Corsi — 4,06 meters. She has been lengthened by 39 mm and 48 mm below. The wheelbase increased by 28 mm. Corsa dropped 40 kg, the lightest variant now weighs less than a tonne. I measured the height to the front bumper — 164 mm. enough to not cling to the curb.Length five-door Corsi — 4,06 meters. She has been lengthened by 39 mm and 48 mm below. The wheelbase increased by 28 mm. Corsa dropped 40 kg, the lightest variant now weighs less than a tonne. I measured the height to the front bumper — 164 mm. enough to not cling to the curb.

The top-end petrol turbo engine capacity of 130 forces is paired with eight-speed automatic. For a vehicle of this class — an ingenious solution. Corsi is easier to go with the 75‑strong atmospheric or 100‑horsepower turbo engine combined with a manual five or six speed transmission.

Eight-speed automatic transmission — a rarity in this class.Eight-speed automatic transmission — a rarity in this class.

The version of the GS Line set 130‑horsepower 1.2‑liter gasoline engine and eight-speed automatic (pictured).The version of the GS Line set 130‑horsepower 1.2‑liter gasoline engine and eight-speed automatic (pictured).

My Bulgarian colleague on the automobile contest Autobest Ilya Seliktar chose to test the version with a-liter 106‑horsepower diesel engine. This Corsa is exactly like Bulgarians! He is a large man, and I was surprised how easily took him in his arms the driver’s seat. Broad shoulders long searched for a support, his feet found the pedals and steering wheel have not rested in the stomach. I have a totally different physique — and also without problems. Great fit and ergonomics!

Diesel is not new, but remained in the lineup, so how important for some markets, such as Portugal, Italy and the former socialist countries. He’s pretty quiet and its capacity is sufficient in most situations.

Corsa goes in German, confident, tenacious fits into the turns. While the energy intensity of the suspension enough even for quite killed the mountainous Croatian roads. The architecture has remained the same: front — McPherson strut, rear — torsion beam.

Diesel Corsa we drove into the mountains at night. The matrix light is fantastic. Electronics blocks obscures the distant light at the emergence of oncoming traffic — going by day, no blinding. And such a miracle — a small car is not premium.

The body became lighter, compact three-cylinder engine weighs 15 kg less than four-cylinder units of the previous generation. Aluminum hood is 2.4 kg lighter than the old steel (smaller area). Optimized design of seat saves another 10 kg. a small Trunk — 309 liters.The body became lighter, compact three-cylinder engine weighs 15 kg less than four-cylinder units of the previous generation. Aluminum hood is 2.4 kg lighter than the old steel (smaller area). Optimized design of seat saves another 10 kg. a small Trunk — 309 liters.

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If the bag is 13 990 euros, you can go to the dealer for a real European car, which is already in the database, with all necessary safety systems, up to the steer in the band. But they can — Europeans, including Bulgarians and Latvians. And we?

Unlike the previous Corsi, the copyright of which belongs to General Motors, new can be produced in Russia — for example, the Kaluga factory of PSA. But to justify the investment, you need to sell at least 30 thousand cars a year, no less. Will there be many buyers?

Opel Corsa whether to wait in Russia?

Unlike the previous Corsi, the copyright of which belongs to General Motors, new can be released and we have — for example, the Kaluga factory of PSA.

Opel Corsa whether to wait in Russia?Opel Corsa whether to wait in Russia?

Unlike the previous Corsi, the copyright of which belongs to General Motors, new can be released and we have — for example, the Kaluga factory of PSA.

Opel Corsa whether to wait in Russia?Photo: Peter Little “Behind the wheel”

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