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Corsa comming as a Saturn

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Variance    0

Next Corsa to be Sold Stateside

In a startling affirmation of America's embrace of small cars, General Motors has decided to sell the next-generation Opel Corsa in the United States. The small car "will very definitely go to the United States," Bob Lutz, GM's global product chief, said in an interview last week at the Paris auto show. GM plans to badge it as a Saturn.

(The story came from Automotive News and the entire article requires a subscrpition. So if anyone has one and wants to post the whole article, feel free.)

Read "Next Opel Corsa to be sold in U.S." @ Automotive News (subscription required)

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Northstar    11

Wow, so Saturn is going to have the Corsa, Astra, and Aura. The Corsa already has like 75,000 orders in Europe, so I'd say it sould do okay here as well.

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Bimmer325    18

This is a no-brainer.

The fuel-efficient sub-compact market is booming, and the Corsa is infinitely more appealing than a Yaris or Fit.

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haypops    0

This is a no-brainer. 

The fuel-efficient sub-compact market is booming, and the Corsa is infinitely more appealing than a Yaris or Fit.

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I assume that it will be more costly than the Aveo?

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thegriffon    5

"The next-generation Corsa likely will be about the size of the current one, which is smaller than the Yaris."

Ehhh, the one currently in production is much, much bigger than a Yaris. Even the old one is bigger than a Yaris (almost anything is bigger than a 5-door Yaris).

5-door hatchbacks, Euro spec.

A-segment

Daihatsu Sirion: 141.5"

Suzuki Swift: 145.5"

Proton Savvy: 146.1"

Perodua Myvi (Malaysian Sirion): 146.5"

Nissan Micra: 146.7"

Smart forfour: 147.7"

VW Fox: 149.8"

B-segment

Hyundai Getz: 150"

Yaris : 150"

Honda Fit: 151.4"

Citroen C3: 151.6"

Lada Calina: 151.6"

Mitsubishi Colt: 152.4"

Chevrolet Kalos: 152.8"

VW Polo: 154.2"

Ford Fiesta: 154.2"

Mazda2: 154.5"

Skoda Fabia: 156.3"

Renault Clio: 156.9"

Kia Rio: 157.1"

Opel Corsa: 157.4"

Fiat Grande Punto: 158.7"

Peugeot 207: 158.7"

C-segment

Toyota Corolla: 164.4"

VW Golf: 165.5"

So you can see the new Corsa is closer in length to the Corolla hatch than it is to the Yaris, and is a good deal wider than either (68.4" v 66.7").

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Northstar    11

Wait, so they're announcing this for the next Corsa, as in, the one after the one that hasn't even been sold yet but is going to be sold very soon? I sure hope it means the one that's about to be sold in Europe, not one 5 years from now.

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thegriffon    5

Wait, so they're announcing this for the next Corsa, as in, the one after the one that hasn't even been sold yet but is going to be sold very soon? I sure hope it means the one that's about to be sold in Europe, not one 5 years from now.

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They could always change their minds like Honda did and just slap some new bumpers on the European model late in the model cycle.

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pow    106

They could always change their minds like Honda did and just slap some new bumpers on the European model late in the model cycle.

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The Corsa is Go!

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ocnblu    776
It would be a tiny car I wouldn't be ashamed to drive (yeah, I know, I said the same about the Yaris...)

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turbo200    6

They could always change their minds like Honda did and just slap some new bumpers on the European model late in the model cycle.

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This needs to happen.

Among the subcompacts, the Versa and Yaris are both pretty devoid of character, exterior-wise. The Fit has some character, but is nowhere near as appealing as the new Corsa. The Fit also manages to feel very substantial, if only a bit underpowered. No small car would come near the Corse for design strength, inside and out...this would be a good thing for those looking for a slightly more expensive and expressive small car that can achieve very good gas mileage. This is key, gas mileage, the whole reason to get a small car is that they are very efficient. There are buyers, and will be more buyers if gas prices continue to rise, that are willing to switch out of bigger cars to be in something that is comfortable, substantial feeling, but gets incredible gas mileage. This is the formula that is working very well for the new Civic.

Good news that it's coming here, the question is when.

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Northstar    11

I read an article that I'm going to post from Autoweek where they interview Lutz and he says it would take 3 years to but all of the federal regulations on the Corsa that are needed to be sold here (!)

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cavalier36    7

the Corsa would/should kick the Yaris into the weeds. Fit and Versa would still be formitable foes. Aveo <in current form> would be rendered irrelevent.

actually the next Aveo will be built on the same platform as the Corsa.. so in reality they will be just reskinned versions of each other.. Saturn Corsa?? im really hoping it gets a diffrent name.. Corsa... Corsica... need i say more??

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