The thriftiest Corsa is now even more economical and environmentally friendly. The three-door Corsa 95PS 1.3CDTI ecoFLEX Start/Stop now achieves 85.6mpg while emitting just 88g/km (the five-door model returns 83.1mpg and emits 89g/km CO2). This represents a 2.4mpg and a 6g/km improvement over the 2011 Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX (80.7mpg /94g/km).
“In just five years, from the first Corsa ecoFLEX to today, we have been able to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions by 26 per cent, while at the same time increasing performance by over 26 per cent,” said Mike Ableson, Vice President Engineering at Opel/Vauxhall. He continued: “Our customers appreciate this, as does the environment.”
A number of enhancements have been made to reduce consumption and emissions. The turbodiesel engine is equipped with a variable displacement oil pump that delivers only the necessary oil pressure. It varies oil volume according to the load in order to reduce the energy needed for oil circulation. The use of special low-viscosity transmission oil also contributes to reduced fuel consumption. These measures are rounded off by an adjustment of engine mapping in the engine control module.
From November 2012, the Corsa will also feature the new generation of Vauxhall-engineered manual transmissions with a more precise and smoother gear change action. The base transmission was comprehensively re-worked with new gears and modified parts, including the shift rods and fork shaft. The end result is high shift comfort and optimised operation in both cold and warm conditions. New 185/65 R15 low rolling-resistance tyres add to the Corsa’s eco-friendliness.
Even with all this economy, performance is not compromised. Maximum torque of 190Nm is available between 1,750 and 3,250rpm. The 95PS turbodiesel allows the Corsa to accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds and takes it to a maximum speed of 109mph
Vauxhall engineers also optimised the chassis for all Corsa variants (except the VXR Nürburgring Edition). The suspension and damper system now provides improved ride comfort, especially on rough roads and in urban areas at low speeds. However, this has not come at the expense of the Corsa’s impressive handling and agility.
Completing the package is Vauxhall’s unique Lifetime Warranty which provides first owners with the reassurance of comprehensive cover for the life of their car, or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.