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🏎️ Opel Corsa B
📍 Germany
🛠️ 1.2i 45HP
💨 20 seconds
🔝 145km/h
💶 No longer on sale

Development and design

The second generation of the Opel Corsa was born in a period in which competitors were becoming increasingly aggressive in the sector of small cars destined for a large public: many, in particular Ford with the Fiesta and Renault with the Clio were quickly gaining this market segment. Therefore, it was urgent to give the Corsa a design more in step with the times, characterized by softer lines and rounded headlights. The body was made more resistant, but the result of 3 out of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash test is not the best.

Interior and technology

The interior was also aesthetically revolutionized by a more delicate and up-to-date design, but no major technology debuted. Unfortunately, even technologies useful for safety such as ABS were only available as a paid option. Also for this reason, the Corsa B remained a basic car characterized by a good launch price.


The engines available at the time of the announcement were various: the most basic of the range was a 45HP 1.2i; then there was a 60HP 1.4i; a 1.5 50HP Diesel; and a 67HP 1.5 TurboDiesel. Over the years the range was enriched with other similar engines. The whole range benefits from a manual 5-speed or, on request, an automatic 4-speed gearbox.

Commercial success

Opel delivered more than 6 million Corsa Bs, and production lasted from 1993 to 2000, year in which the Corsa C generation was introduced.