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The Evolution of Vauxhall Corsa: From Classic to Modern

Certain makes and models of car take on a life beyond the miles they do. Some become iconic, and those that do tend to do so for good reason.

We at Thurlow Nunn have worked with Vauxhall for many years, and have seen the evolution of this leading car manufacturer over time. And one car stands out as a particular stalwart from Vauxhall – the Vauxhall Corsa.

This popular and enduring model has developed a high level of recognition and acclaim within the automotive industry. So in this blog, we will explore the Vauxhall Corsa’s history and how this model has evolved to become the acclaimed Vauxhall car it is today.

The Classic Era

The car that we know as the Vauxhall Corsa today can trace its roots back to Vauxhall’s first supermini offering. Launched in 1982, the Vauxhall Nova was an early iteration of what would become the Corsa, and was a common sight on British roads throughout the 1980s.

It wasn’t until 1993 that the Vauxhall Corsa was first launched, with the aim of appealing to a broader audience. The Corsa B featured a rounder, softer design than the Nova, and included ‘saucer-eye’ headlamps to add to the gentler aesthetics of the model.

The Corsa B also marked a more spacious vehicle for Vauxhall, while enhanced safety features like airbags in the front of the car, ABS braking, and side impact protection all supported an improved driver and passenger experience.

The early Corsa’s petrol GSi model came with 16 valves, while the diesel engine version was turbo-charged.

Add to this the enhanced technology, such as a tape player (that’s right!), and the Corsa B was a very positive addition to the Vauxhall range of vehicles at the time.



The Evolution Begins


The Corsa B took centre stage from 1993 until 2000, when the Corsa C was introduced. The styling was not too far removed from the tried and tested designs seen with the Corsa B, but the Corsa C was longer, had a wider stance and a longer wheelbase. This helped add even more space and comfort for passengers and drivers alike.

The Corsa C also brought a more powerful engine into the fold, as well as lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption. This was thanks to the four-valve ECOTEC petrol or direct-injection turbo diesel engine that powered these cars.

An additional element of the Corsa C, which was produced between 2000 and 2006, was the fully galvanised body. This brought a new aesthetic quality to the Corsa range.

Then, between 2006 and 2014, the Corsa D started to make waves. The design of the three and five door models shifted here, as the three door design harked back to the original sporty design of the Vauxhall Nova, while the five door was a spacious, family-oriented model.

Then came the Corsa E, which was the new Corsa between 2014 and 2019. This model is where Vauxhall started to bring an exceptional range of technological innovations into the Corsa collection. Elements like a heated steering wheel, heated seats and automatic climate control were all well received by buyers.

The Corsa E also came with a front camera with sensors, as well as traffic sign recognition and lane keep assist. Infotainment also reached new heights in the Corsa E, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, while a seven-inch touch screen came as standard.


The Shift to Modernity

2019 was a big year in the history of the Vauxhall Corsa, as the introduction of the All New Corsa marked the first fully-electric version of this model. As well as the petrol and diesel versions, the All New Electric Corsa saw a big step taken towards sustainability with this model.

The features of the All New Corsa also stand out from the crowd. These include adaptive, glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, as well as forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking.

The driver experience was also taken to new levels with the All New Corsa thanks to the lower centre of gravity and the lowered driver’s H-point, which helps enhance driver engagement.


The Future of the Vauxhall Corsa

We at Thurlow Nunn can attest to the quality and drivability of the Vauxhall Corsa, with the range of models we have sold over the years always proving popular.

And the exciting news is that the new Corsa is now available to buy. With electric and petrol models available, the new Vauxhall Corsa features a bold and defined design, as well as many outstanding features that are sure to appeal. These include the Vizor front end that Vauxhall has championed in recent times, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels and IntelliLux LED® Pixel Matrix lights. 

The Vauxhall Electric Corsa features a 51kWh electric battery, delivering around 240 miles between charges. And the new Corsa Electric supports 100kW rapid chargers, meaning owners can charge up to 80% in only 30 minutes.

The new Corsa also comes with an enhanced infotainment system, with a 10-inch touchscreen and a 7-inch driver instrument digital display. Additional features include  wireless charging and a new high-resolution panoramic rear-view camera.


A Modern Classic

There’s little doubt that the Vauxhall Corsa has become the iconic vehicle it has today because of the quality and practicality it offers.

With the new Vauxhall Corsa set to push the boundaries of what this model offers even further, we at Thurlow Nunn are proud and delighted to be able to provide our customers with such a high quality vehicle.

We have a long-standing relationship with Vauxhall and are delighted to have new and used Vauxhall Corsas for sale at our numerous locations across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Be sure to take a look through the full Vauxhall range available at Thurlow Nunn and start planning a visit to your nearest showroom today. And get in touch with us if you have any questions!