Opel Starts Production Of New Corsa, Corsa-e To Follow Soon


The sixth generation of the Opel Corsa officially entered production in Zaragoza, Spain. The all-electric Corsa-e version will follow in early 2020.

Judging by the warm reception in the media, it might be one of the most important new Opel models.

“The sixth generation of the small car is even more modern, efficient, dynamic and attractive than its predecessors. The Corsa is one of the most aerodynamic models in its class and considerably lighter than its predecessor. The weight reduction matches the overall sporty impression – the lightest Corsa stays below the 1,000 kilogramme mark. In addition, there are highly efficient engines with lower fuel consumption and CO2 values than the best of the previous generation.”

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said:

“The Corsa is not only one of the most successful models in recent history with sales of around 14 million units in the last 37 years but also a milestone in our electrification offensive. As of early 2020, we will also build the Corsa-e in Zaragoza. The Corsa-e will be the first fully electric Opel “made in Europe”. This is a very clear sign that we are bring the future to the Zaragoza plant with the new Corsa – and that Opel goes electric,”.

The Corsa-e (Vauxhall Corsa-e in the UK) is a derivative of the Peugeot e-208, and will be directly competing with the new Renault ZOE.

Previously, Opel, as part of GM, was offering the Ampera (plug-in hybrid, Chevrolet Volt derivative) and shortly also the Ampera-e (all-electric, Chevrolet Bolt EV derivative).

Opel Corsa (ICE) – production start

Opel Corsa-e/Vauxhall Corsa-e specs:

  • 50 kWh battery (battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160 000 km for 70% of its charge capacity, cells supplied by CATL)
  • about 330 km (205 miles) of preliminary WLTP range
  • 100 kW and 260 Nm electric motor
  • 0-50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.8 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.1 seconds
  • on-board charger 7.4 kW single-phase or 11 kW three-phase (5 hours recharge)
  • 80% fast charge in 30 minutes using CCS DC up to 100 kW

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