Opel corsa edition

The Opel Corsa Edition will be available January in South Africa. Image: Quickpic

Read all about it! Opel to release new Corsa 1.2 Edition

The all-new Opel Corsa Edition is set to launch in South Africa with two more derivatives in the pipeline.

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The Opel Corsa Edition will be available January in South Africa. Image: Quickpic

Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) has announced its takeover of the distribution of the Opel brand in South Africa as from 1 January 2021.

The first Opel to bolt from the PCSA stable, is the award-winning sixth-generation Opel Corsa 1.2 Edition.

Opel was launched in South Africa in the 1930s and has won the South African Car of the Year title no less than four times since 1991.

Opel brand boasts large SA following

“Of course, we are very excited to be distributing Opel vehicles,” said PCSA managing director Leslie Ramsoomar, managing director of PCSA.

“The brand has a large following locally and the future product lineup is very exciting, with four product launches or updates planned for this year.”

PCSA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stellantis, distribute Peugeot vehicles and since October 2019, Citroen vehicles as well. Opel becomes the third Stellantis brand to be distributed by PCSA.

“It is a natural progression, as the three brands complement each other, each appealing to a specific customer profile” stated Ramsoomar. “In addition, it allows our multi-brand dealers to have a single point of contact with the OEM”.

New Opel Corsa boasts award-winning track record

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This future-ready German city car is an award-winning titleholder from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show for the 2020 Best Buy Car of Europe. The Autobest jury, comprising of international journalists from 31 countries, chose the Opel newcomer as the car with the best price-performance ratio in Europe. It also scored an Autobest title hat-trick in three successive generations.

And the newcomer keeps getting it right: In Germany, it has been named Company Car of the Year, and most recently, it received the Connected Car Award from the Auto Bild Group.

In Spain, the New Corsa won the Premio Best Car Coche Global title; there is nothing this ALL-NEW 6th Generation Opel Corsa cannot do.

Corsa Edition soon in SA streets

This new model with a three-cylinder,1.2-litre petrol engine, generating 55kW is a statement of the new bold and pure exterior design of Opel. It emphasises the precision of German engineering, combined with the bold sculptural artistry.

The design of the cockpit features a driver-oriented instrument panel with a distinctly sporty personality executed with German precision. The controls of the interior are laid out based on the principle of functional grouping and cognitive ergonomics.

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Compared to the outgoing model, the new Corsa lost up to 10% of weight, translating into a curb weight of 980kg for this five-door model in its lightest form. It is about 108kg less than the car it replaces, even though they are roughly the same size. The new Corsa is 4.06m long, with boot capacity of 309 litres, an increase on the outgoing model of 10%.

Compact city car

This car remains a compact car for navigating cities or suburban streets. It will be fully enjoyed by progressive young people, interested in the latest technology, and an active social life. These are predominantly the kind of people who do not mind being seen, hence prefer a car with a design that stands out like the new Corsa Edition.

The Edition is more direct and more dynamic – for more fun behind the wheel. This small car has big car technology that offers superior connectivity.

What will it cost?

The new Corsa Edition will cost R289,900 and will be simply the first derivative launched this year, with further versions planned for the first quarter this year, the new Corsa will appeal to a broad audience. Further details will be revealed in due course.