Greenest ever Vauxhall Corsa revealed
Vauxhall has updated the Corsa supermini range for 2013 which is on sale in the UK now, with changes including the CO2 emission figures for the 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex model, reduced from 94g/km to 88g/km.
The efficiency-focused three-door ecoFlex specification Corsa is now the lowest emitting Vauxhall diesel ever.
The car's fuel economy has also improved by 2.4mpg, now up to 85.6mpg. In five-door specification the updated Corsa returns 83.1mpg and emits 89g/km.
These figures not only save customers from paying road tax, but it also brings the Corsa closer to its most efficient supermini rivals, such as the Kia Rio Ecodynamics which averages 88.3mpg and emits 85g/km, or the Peugeot 208 e-HDi which averages 83mpg and emits 87g/km.
The improvement in the ecoFlex Corsa's fuel economy and CO2 output have been achieved through a series of upgrades, including a new oil pump, special transmission oil and tweaks to the engine mapping.
The engine itself is still a 94bhp 1.3-litre turbodiesel connected to a manual transmission. It allows the ecoFlex Corsa to travel from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 109mph.
The 2013 Vauxhall Corsa also benefits from new and improved suspension and damper settings plus updated low-rolling resistance tyres, all of which should improve the car's ride comfort.
These changes apply to every specification of the Corsa except the VXR hot hatch version.
Starting from 1 November 2012, the full Vauxhall Corsa range will also receive a new manual gearbox which promises to deliver smoother gear changes and easier use during cold conditions.
Prices for the 2013 Vauxhall Corsa range are unchanged, which means the supermini still starts from £9,495, undercutting rivals like the £9,995 Peugeot 208 and the £9,795 Ford Fiesta.