Vauxhall Corsa B
|(1993 to 2000)|
|Also called||Buick Sail |
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3 and 5-door hatchback |
5-door estate car
2-door coupé utility (pickup)
|Transmission||4 and 5-speed manual |
|Wheelbase||2,443 mm (96.2 in) (hatchback, saloon, estate car) |
2,480 mm (97.6 in) (pickup)
|Length||3,729 mm (146.8 in) (hatchback, 1992–1998) |
3,741 mm (147.3 in) (hatchback, 1998–2000)
4,026 mm (158.5 in) (saloon, estate car)
4,153 mm (163.5 in) (pickup)
|Width||1,610 mm (63.4 in)|
|Height||1,440 mm (56.7 in)|
In April 1993, the Corsa B was unveiled, and in the United Kingdom, Vauxhall dropped the Nova name, with the car now being known as the Corsa. In May 1994, it was launched by Holden in Australia, as the Barina, replacing a version of the Suzuki Swift sold under that name. This proved a success, and was the first Spanish-built car to be sold in significant volumes in the Australian market.
Four-cylinder power came from 1.2, 1.4, and 1.6 litre Family 1 petrol engines, as well as an economical 1.5 L turbodiesel engine. Most cars received a five-speed manual transmission, although a four-speed automatic was also available with certain engines. In the first few years, a four-speed manual was also available coupled to the smallest 1.2-litre engine. Unlike the previous model, there was no saloon version, but one was designed in Brazil for the Latin American market, as saloons were much preferred to hatchbacks. This was also introduced in South Africa and India. An estate car, panel van and pickup truck were also introduced, and a convertible version was produced for the Australian market, called the Holden Barina Cabrio. The estate car version was sold in some European markets (including Italy), badged as an Opel. The Corsa also spawned a small coupé called Opel Tigra. 1.0 L 3-cylinder and 1.2 L 4-cylinder Family 0 economy version was launched in 1997, and a Lotus-tuned suspension was added as well as an exterior refresh.
vauxhall corsa 1.7 d engine
The saloon model was built and sold in Latin America as Chevrolet Corsa Classic until 2010. A budget version introduced for the Brazilian market, the Chevrolet Celta, has bodywork resembling the late 1990s Vectra and Astra. The Celta was sold in Argentina as the Suzuki Fun for a certain period. In 2011, GM stopped representing Suzuki in Argentina, so the Celta reverted to its original name under the Chevrolet brand. Argentinian production began in September 1997, where it was the first locally built Chevrolet passenger car since 1978. The Latin American Corsa received a light facelift in 1999, with smoother bumpers, and from April 2002 (when the new Corsa II was introduced) the Corsa B began being marketed as the "Corsa Classic" until 2010 where it became the "Classic" when the Corsa B-derived Chevrolet Sail and Chevrolet Celta replaced it.
The saloon and estate car versions were produced in China by Shanghai GM as Buick Sail and Buick Sail S-RV, respectively from June 2001 to February 2005. That year they received a facelift and became known as the Chevrolet Sail and SRV. In September 2006, Chile became the first country outside China to receive the Chinese-assembled Sail; it is called the Chevrolet Corsa Plus, available as a four-door saloon with a 1.6 L 92 PS (68 kW) engine. The Corsa Plus includes dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, electric windows and central locking as standard equipment.
In India, the hatchback, saloon and estate car versions were sold as the Corsa Sail, Corsa (or Corsa Joy) and Corsa Swing respectively until the end of 2005. The hatchback model was still being produced, and extensively marketed in South Africa as the Corsa Lite under the Opel branding until 2009 at which point it was discontinued.
Corsa SXi 1.2 16v Performance
|Top Speed||101 mph|
|0-60 mph||13 secs|
|Torque||110 Nm, 81 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||156 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||2|
|Miles Per Tank||435 miles|
|Drivetrain||Front wheel drive|
In Thailand, Corsa available as Opel and fuel injected 8V 1.4-liter engine and "Joy" and "Swing" variants, both available with 3 or 5-door and manual or automatic.
The Corsa was updated in 1997 resulting in different styling options and better safety features:
Names and markets
- Opel Corsa – Europe (except Britain)
- Vauxhall Corsa – United Kingdom
- Buick Sail – China, until February 2005
- Chevrolet Corsa – Latin America (Opel Corsa in Chile)
- Chevrolet Corsa Classic – South America, after the release of the Corsa C
- Chevrolet Classic – Brazil, since 2005; Argentina, since 2010
- Holden Barina – Australia and New Zealand (was replaced by the Daewoo Kalos from 2005)
- Opel Corsa Lite and Opel Corsa Classic – South Africa, for the hatchback and the estate car version respectively
- Opel Corsa Sail and Opel Corsa Swing – India, for the hatchback and the estate car version respectively
- Opel Vita – Japan (Toyota already registered the Corsa name for one of their domestic models, the Toyota Tercel)
- Chevrolet Chevy – Mexico, for the 2004 Corsa-derived Chevy C2, facelifted in late 2008 as a 2009 model year. It was discontinued in spring 2012.
- Derived versions
- Chevrolet Sail – China, since 2005. A new version was released in 2010.
- Chevrolet Classic – Argentina and Brazil, since 2011, for the Chevrolet Sail
- Chevrolet Corsa Plus – Chile, for the Chinese built Chevrolet Sail
- Chevrolet Celta and Chevrolet Prisma – South America, for the hatchback and saloon version respectively
- Chevrolet Monza for the 4 door (sedan) edition of the Chevrolet Chevy. Discontinued in spring 2012.
- Suzuki Fun – Argentina, for the Corsa-derived Chevrolet Celta. Discontinued in 2011. Name switched to Chevrolet Celta.