Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Vauxhall introduces updated prices and specifications for 2021 Corsa and Corsa-e

  • All-new 2021 Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa-e feature lower list prices, new engines, and updated styling
  • New all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e on-the-road prices reduced across all variants
  • New 1.2 Turbo 130 PS 8-speed automatic powertrain introduced
  • SRi Nav Premium trim available on Vauxhall Corsa-e and new Elite trim added to core line-up

2021 Vauxhall Corsa SRi

Vauxhall is making the switch to electric even easier with lower on-the-road prices across the all-electric Corsa-e range, as part of its 2021 model updates to both the Corsa and Corsa-e.

Alongside the new on-the-road prices for the new all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e, 2021 Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa-e models feature new styling updates, a wider trim selection and new engines for the Corsa.

Order banks for the 2021 Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa-e are already open. Prices for the Corsa start from £16,440 in SE trim, while the all-electric Corsa-e starts from £26,640* in SE Nav Premium trim.   

Vauxhall Corsa-e

A key change for 2021 models is the on-the-road price reduction across every all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e variant, with savings of more than £1,000 on-the-road for entry-level SE Nav Premium models, making the fully electric model even more affordable.  

All Vauxhall Corsa-e trim levels have also been renamed for 2021, and now include ‘Premium’ as part of the new naming structure in recognition of the comprehensive standard equipment. Vauxhall Corsa-e is available in SE Nav Premium, SRi Nav Premium and Elite Nav Premium.

New for Vauxhall Corsa-e 2021 model line-up is the sportier SRi Nav Premium trim which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, specific SRi interior with red accents, dark-tinted rear windows and sports pedals. 

2021 Vauxhall Corsa SRi: interior with red accents

This means customers looking for a sporty Corsa can now choose between the petrol and diesel variants, as well as the all-electric Corsa-e.

2021 Vauxhall Corsa SRi: interior with sports seats

All Vauxhall Corsa-e models feature a 50 kWh battery and 100 kW (136 PS) electric motor, capable of up to 209 miles from a single charge. Supporting up to 100 kW rapid charging, an 80% charge can be achieved in just 30 minutes. And if that wasn’t enough, the all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e was recently honoured as Sun’s Car of the Year as part of the News UK Motor Awards.

Vauxhall Corsa

Petrol and diesel variants of the Corsa will now be available in SE, SE Premium, SRi, SRi Premium, Elite, Elite Nav, Elite Nav Premium and Ultimate Nav trims. Elite trim is new for 2021 and sits below Elite Nav and Elite Nav Premium models, aimed at customers who require the same levels of standard equipment but do not need built-in navigation.

SRi models now come with Vauxhall’s light pack as standard – featuring LED front fog lights, LED taillights and automatic lighting control. SRi and SRi Premium models come as standard with 17-inch bi-colour wheels, helping the model stand out on the road.

2021 Vauxhall Corsa SRi: 17-inch bi-colour wheels

A key change for 2021 Vauxhall Corsa vehicles is the introduction of a new 1.2 Turbo 130 PS 8-speed automatic engine with Normal, Eco and Sport modes, available on SRi and Ultimate Nav models. Featuring a stylish twin exhaust for a sportier look, the eight-speed unit is capable of 0-60mph in just 8.2 seconds. A 1.2 75 PS engine is now also available on Elite models.

*Price includes current Government Plug-in Car Grant worth £3,000

Friday, 20 November 2020

Maiden Victory: Opel Corsa-e Wins FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup

  • Agile and efficient: Opel Corsa-e wins 2020 FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup
  • Opel dominant: Corsa-e finished on the podium at every event
  • Unbeatable: Corsa-e’s 12.7 kWh average energy consumption unreachable for opposition

Opel Corsa-e wins 2020 FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup

Already the winner of numerous prizes awarded by expert juries, most recently the “Golden Steering Wheel 2020”, Opel Corsa-e has now established itself as a champion in motorsport. Entered for the first time in international competition, Opel Corsa-e has secured its first title – the 2020 FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup (ERRC).

Opel Corsa-e 

Conceived by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) to promote alternative energies in motorsport, the ERRC grows in importance every year. Reserved strictly for production cars, the competition combines a regularity rally timed to the tenth of a second with an efficiency classification where every Watt-hour (Wh) is counted.

Launched with a calendar of eight events, the 2020 FIA ERRC was adapted to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Started during the summer, the shortened season turned out to be the toughest in history with the entry of five international champions, as many national champions from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal and from a dozen manufacturers including VW, Renault, BMW, Mercedes and Tesla.

Opel Corsa-e crewed by Artur Prusak and co-driver Thierry Benchetrit 

Opel Corsa-e crewed by Artur Prusak and co-driver Thierry Benchetrit took the lead in the first round with a dominant victory in Iceland. Opel clinched the title with two more podiums on the remaining events in Portugal and Spain.

Timed to the tenth of a second over hundreds of kilometres, Opel Corsa-e set a record-breaking average energy consumption of 12.7 kWh per 100 km during the championship. Over the season as a whole, no other model from the dozen or so brands involved was as efficient.

Opel Corsa-e

"FIA ERRC demands driving as smoothly as possible in order to maintain the average speeds specified by the regulations, without wasting energy," explains Artur Prusak, the champion driver in 2015, 2016 and 2020. "It is this balance that makes the championship so interesting and the reason why more and more competitors are entering it. We quickly gained the advantage thanks to the Opel Corsa-e and the lead grew after each rally."

"Thanks to its agility and technology, the Opel Corsa-e proved itself the most competitive car whatever the terrain," says Thierry Benchetrit, who is the first co-driver to be crowned four times in the ERRC. “In the mountains, on the plains, in the city, we were always at the forefront in terms of efficiency and regularity."

During the championship, Prusak and Benchetrit received logistical support from Opel in France and in the countries that hosted the rallies.

Opel Corsa-e is the electric car for everyone, offering state-of-the-art electric mobility. With a 100kW (136 hp) motor, 260 Newton metres of instantaneous torque and a range of up to 337 km according to WLTP 1, the five-seat Opel Corsa-e is suitable for every-day use. 50 kWh battery can be fast-charged to up to 80 per cent state-of-charge in 30 minutes.

Opel is also the first automobile manufacturer in the world to offer a battery-electric vehicle for customer rally sport. Opel Corsa-e Rally is based on the production model and specially developed for competition by engineers from Opel Motorsport. In 2021, Opel and the ADAC will start the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup, the first one-make rally cup for electric cars in the world.

FIA E-Rally Regularity Cup 2020 – Final Classification

Rank               Carmaker                   Points

1                      Opel                            78

2                      Volkswagen                70.5

3                      Renault                       45

4                      MG                              36

5                      Peugeot                      24

6                      BMW                           22.5

7                      Hyundai                      18

8                      Kia                              18

9                      Nissan                        15

10                    Mercedes                    3

11                    Tesla                           1.5

[1] Range determined according to WLTP test procedure methodology (R (EC) No. 715/2007, R (EU) No. 2017/1151). The actual range can vary under everyday conditions and depends on various factors, in particular on personal driving style, route characteristics, outside temperature, use of heating and air conditioning and thermal preconditioning.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

TÜV Report 2021: Opel Insignia and Opel ADAM are best in class

  • Opel Insignia flagship takes strong second place overall
  • Opel claims two of six possible class victories for cars between two and three years old
  • Results from 8.8 million major inspections

Opel Insignia 

Opel ADAM and the flagship Insignia have fewer errors than other cars in their classes. As last year, in the new TÜV Report the Opel ADAM continues to dominate the segment for mini cars aged two to three years, with an average significant error rating of only 3.7 per cent. TÜV has even fewer concerns with Opel’s flagship. Opel Insignia is not only at the top of its class, it also takes the silver medal in the overall classification. With a rating of 2.2 percent, Opel Insignia is only just behind the Mercedes GLC (1.7 percent).


“With the Opel Insignia, we are pleased to see that a midsize model from a volume manufacturer has made it to the podium”, said Joachim Bühler, Managing Director of the TÜV Association.

Opel Insignia ST

“The new TÜV Report is confirmation of our high level of quality, from flagship to small cars”, said Andreas Marx, the head of Opel in Germany. “Of course, we always aim to increase customer satisfaction in all areas. Our decades-old advertising claim – Opel the reliable – applies to our cars more than ever.”

 Opel Insignia GSi

When it comes to the technical condition of vehicles in Germany, the TÜV Report has been a reliable source since 1972. The strengths and weaknesses of individual cars are listed in classes according to their age. Around 8.8 million major inspections were analysed for the TÜV Report 2021. Two hundred and twenty-eight different models were inspected between July 2019 and June 2020.

Opel Insignia GSi ST