New Opel Corsa“FRANKFURT, GERMANY – Having fallen out of serious B-segment contention, especially back home in South Africa, Opel’s Corsa was in real need of replacement. While we’ve seen the likes of its old enemies in the Yaris and Fiesta get serious updates, in the time since the previous generation Corsa was initially introduced we’ve also seen some strong opposition in the form of the Rio and 208 emerge.

Opel’s on a serious new model onslaught. After the financial crisis of 2008 and heavy company reshuffling at General Motors, there were rumours that Opel could be ditched for good along with the General’s deadweight brands. But with the promise of exciting new products, Opel survived the scare and in Mzansi we saw the launch of the new Astra sedan, while the Meriva range was trimmed to just one all-encompassing model.

By the end of this year, the Adam boutique hatch will arrive on local soil to do battle against the likes of the Mini’s Cooper and Citroen DS3, and next year we’ll get the Mokka compact SUV. Having just made its debut at the Paris Motor show, the fifth-generation Corsa (Corsa E as the Europeans call it) is expected to get to SA during the second quarter of 2015.

Okay, on to the Corsa

A long line of Corsas awaited the international media contingent just outside the arrivals hall of Frankfurt International, in both three- and five-door guise – but only two engine choices were made available. I opted for the all-new 1,0-litre three-cylinder because I’d already driven a turbocharged 1,4-litre Corsa (previous generation) back home – though Opel representatives were quick to point out in the business presentation later that the 1,4 is a completely new motor…”

Read the full test drive from the team at CAR Mag.