It all started with the Opel Cadet, introduced in 1936. It was a car for everyone's mobility, fully mature and at an affordable price at a time when driving a car was still a luxury. The Opel brand subsequently really took off in a time of 'economic miracle' in Germany during the 1960s and early 1970s with the arrival of Cadets A and B.

During this process, the Cadet increased and with each new version approached the class of mid-size cars. This made room in the class below for the introductory model, which in the meantime became a classic from Rüsselsheim.

The time was ideal to fill the void with a new, truly small car - that's when the Opel Corsa comes. Since its launch in 1982, the little Corsa has become a success story for Opel. To date, more than 13.6 million units have fallen off production lines. With the world premiere of the new Opel Corsa at the 2019 IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt (open to the public from September 12-22), the small bestseller opens chapter six. For the first time, the Corsa will be available in a fully electric version.

From 1982. until 1993.

The Corsa A was characterized by narrow proportions within a small length of only 3.62 meters. It had large and wide arches above the wheels like a rally car and an extremely small air resistance coefficient of 0.36 and probably a record holder within the class.

Chief designer Erhard Schnell has created a small sports car with sharp, carved lines that was specifically designed for the 'man in the house'. The highlight was the 100-hp Corsa GSi, and a diesel-powered car was also introduced. In 1985, the two-door range was expanded to include the popular five-door model. The Corsa A has become a highly recognized model with excellent sales results, with 3.1 million units produced.

From 1993. until 2000.

Despite the success of Corsa # 1, a decision was made in Rüsselsheim to make his successor a true 'pet for ladies'. Opel's design legend, Hideo Kodama, got to work and created a much more rounded and softer Corsa with eye-catching flying saucer headlights that matched perfectly with the sweet, youthful look.

The Corsa B was ten inches longer and much more spacious inside than its predecessor. It also introduced high safety standards in its segment, including ABS, side impact protection and front airbags. For specialty markets, in addition to the hatchback, Opel also offered a three-volume version (sedan) as well as station wagon and pickup variants. Gasoline engines already had fuel injection technology and a catalytic converter, while the GSi had 16 valves and diesel units had a turbocharger. The second Corsa was successful worldwide, with sales exceeding 4 million units.

From 2000. until 2006.

In the spirit of saying that the winning team should not be changed, Hideo Kodama was again tasked with designing the Corsa C shape. The layout was consciously oriented towards a successful predecessor. The Corsa again grew ten inches in length and had a wider width and longer wheelbase, with significantly enlarged interior space. For the first time, the body was fully galvanized. The sophisticated ECOTEC gasoline four-valve gasoline and new direct-injection turbo diesel engines provide a strong propulsion base, low fuel consumption and lowest exhaust emissions - all versions were already in compliance with strict Euro 4 standards. And this model has also gained market success, selling in 2.5 million units.

From 2006. until 2014.

From this point on, the three-door and five-door versions set off separate paths. The three-door model had a unique coupe-style design, targeting sport-oriented buyers, just like the original Corsa A. The five-door version became a spacious, full-bodied family car.

The Corsa D was only a little shorter than four meters. With Opel's ecoFLEX technology, it has a Start-Stop fuel-saving system and highly efficient engines. The fourth generation has reached sales of over 2.9 million units.

From 2014. until 2019.

Dynamic, practical and attractive, the Corsa E is also a bestseller with around 1.2 million units sold to date. The fifth generation was also created at Opel factories in Zaragoza and Eisenach in three- and five-door versions. For the first time, the small car has crossed the four-meter level, offering superior comfort and technologies with a length of 4.02 meters.

Steering wheel heating, seat heating and automatic air conditioning are of course available, as is the front camera with distance indicator, traffic sign recognition system and lane keeping system. Corsa drivers are optimally coupled with the IntelliLink infotainment system that includes a seven-inch touchscreen and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications. The sporty variant of this small car was initially the 152 kW (207 hp) Corsa OPC followed by the 110 kW (150 hp) Corsa GSi.


Opel is moving at full speed towards the future with the Corsa Six. The latest-generation small car, which will have its world premiere at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, is also available for the first time as a fully electric version, powered by batteries.

The real highlight is the non-reflective IntelliLux LED® matrix lights, which Opel also offers for the first time in the small car segment. In addition, there are a number of state-of-the-art assistance systems, such as vehicle-front collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian recognition, as well as radar-controlled adaptive cruise control, which makes driving safer and more relaxed. With a length of 4, 06 meters, five-door Corsa steering, clear layout and practicality remain top notch. The roofline like the one on the car coupe is 48 millimeters lower than its predecessor - without any effect on the headroom. The driver sits 28 millimeters lower. Low center of gravity contributes to driving and steering performance. The new Corsa is more direct and dynamic - for more driving pleasure.

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