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RÜSSELSHEIM, Germany — Although the new Opel Corsa will only be unveiled at the London Motor Show in July, the company has already released some teaser information on the exciting supermini.
Opel's Corsa is a true world car: In various guises it is manufactured in Europe, Central and South America, and China. So it is no wonder that General Motors went to great lengths to create a worthy successor.
The fourth-generation Corsa was developed in conjunction with Fiat, back when Fiat and GM were still working together. Fiat's version, the Grande Punto, is a runaway success that has almost single-handedly turned around the fortunes of the Italian company. Opel is hoping its sister model will be just as popular.
They look so different that the sibling relationship is not obvious at first. The Corsa is a tad smaller and wider at 157.5 inches long and 67.3 inches wide, with very distinctive styling, courtesy of Niels Loeb, GM's Australia-born designer, who is partly responsible for the current Tigra retractable-hardtop coupe, too.
It features cues to previous Corsa models, while a dynamic roofline links it to the three-door Astra.
Engine options will include three gasoline and two common-rail diesel engines, ranging from a 60-horsepower 1.0-liter to a 125-hp 1.7-liter.
The new Corsa will go on sale in Europe in October.
What this means to you: General Motors shows it still has soul, and now it has a good contender to help save that soul.