Vauxhall Nova and Opel Corsa A
Opel Vauxhall (General Motors)
1982 to 1993
Body versions :
Gasoline: 1.0-1.6 liters
The Opel Corsa A also as Vauxhall Nova in the UK was first built from 1982 to early 1993 part of General Motors this was known as the Vauxhall Nova in the UK and Opel Corsa A in Europe and the rest of the world.
The Corsa/Nova was introduced in October 1982. It was produced at the General Motors plant in Zaragoza , Spain .
The Corsa A was the first model of Opel in the small car class - relatively late, after the VW Polo had come in March 1975 and the Ford Fiesta in May 1976 on the market. In the summer of 1979 with the Kadett D started the first compact Opel had front wheel drive. The know-how and various parts were "recycled" for the Corsa A.
From April 1985, there were both body styles with four or five doors. The equipment models were given new names, the previously nameless standard model was given the designation LS, the luxury gave way to the GL and the Berlina was replaced by the GLS. The SR was changed only slightly, it was now called the GT and was still only three-door available. The designation TR for the notchback models was omitted. There were new colors and fabrics in the interior. The previous plastic side protection strips have been replaced by those made of soft PVC as the cadet E.From September 1985 there was a 1.3i OHC engine (60 hp, with regulated catalyst ).As of March 1986, the 1.3N OHC engine with 60 hp in the Corsa A was available. There was also a 1.2N OHV engine with 45 hp. The engine program now included six versions.
The first facelift in August 1987, the grille was modified, notchback and hatchback models had since the same grill, the GT and later the GSi had independent grills. At the tailgate of the hatchback models, a handle bar with push-button lock was introduced so that the tailgate could be opened without a key (if it was not completed). The notchback versions retained the previous lock without handle. The rear view was upgraded here with a black, ribbed plastic panel between the rear lights. Previously gray outer plastic parts were changed to blue gray. In the interior (partially changed colors and fabrics) now changed instruments were used in transmitted light technology. The LS has been replaced by the Swing, a new, significantly upgraded GL replaced the GLS. Later, a new just three-door available simply equipped entry-level version with the name City added. New in the Corsa were diesel engines from Isuzu with 1.5 liters and 50 hp (Opel engine ID 4EC1), in the later turbo version with 67 hp (Opel engine ID T4EC1).
In May 1988, the sporty GSi came with 1.6-liter OHC engine as a three-door hatchback on the market. First, he had an L3 Jetronic (E16SE, 74 kW / 100 hp), from 1989 optional Motronic M1.5 (C16SEI, 72 kW / 98 hp) and a G-Kat. In export (eg Switzerland) This was also available with 75 hp (C16NZ).In 1989, the 1.3-liter engines were replaced by 1.4-liter.
At the second facelift in September 1990, the radiator grille and, in addition, the headlights and turn signals, the bumpers, side guards and fenders in the area of the turn signals were modified once again . The new bumpers were now in all versions front and rear over the entire surface, they are similar to those of the Astra F. The brand logo emigrated from the grille on the hood. Inside, a new dashboard with a completely different design. In addition, the equipment was much larger. The since 1987 only offered in export notchback models were now only four doors available.New was the Joy, who in the interior (optionally with sports seats) with bright red, yellow, turquoise or blue fabrics and details expected. The exterior paint was adapted to the rich colors of the fabrics.
The most important technical innovation was the 1.2i-OHC engine with regulated catalytic converter and 33 kW / 45 hp. Later appeared an Eco version, which was equipped with particularly long translated five-speed gearbox and rolling resistance optimized tires.The GSi initially received the 98-hp version of the 1.6-liter. In May 1992, the Motronic was replaced by a Multec M injection (C16SE, again 74 kW / 100 hp) as in the C14SE.
In March 1993, the Corsa/Nova A was replaced by the Corsa B . About 3.1 million copies had been produced.
Gasoline engines : 1.0-1.6 liters (33-74 kW)
Diesel engines: 1.5 liters (37-49 kW)
Length: 3622-3955 mm
Width: 1532-1540 mm
Height: 1360-1365 mm
Wheelbase: 2343 mm
Curb weight: 735-865 kg