The sixth generation Opel Corsa celebrated its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and it was also the world debut of the battery-electric Corsa-e.
Now the Corsa has won the prestigious title of Best Buy Car of Europe in 2020. The AutoBest jury, made up of international journalists from 31 countries, chose the new Corsa as the winner, and therefore the car offering the most value for money.
Opel boasts the new Corsa-e is an electric small car for everyone, combining the practical Corsa qualities with CO2-free operation and a claimed electric range of up to 337 kilometres (according to WLTP1 ). At the same time, the award for the new Corsa completes an AutoBest hat-trick - it says no other model has been named Best Buy Car of Europe in three successive generations.
“We are very happy to receive this award,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “The verdict of the independent specialist journalists shows that with the Opel Corsa we have created a future-oriented car for everyone. A car that is state-of-the-art, efficient, and well-equipped, with strong driving dynamics, and at prices you can afford. At the same time, the Corsa, as a three-time AutoBest winner, shows that with each new generation of vehicles, we are delivering on our promise to make top technologies available to a wide range of buyers.
“Last year, at AutoBest we said the next winner of Best Buy Car of Europe should be an electrified brilliant new product. It is exactly what happened, and the new Opel Corsa is a perfect example of electrification for the masses. Thanks to the multi-energy platform, the new Corsa addresses everybody in Europe by offering both ICE and EV versions."
Dan Vardie, AutoBest founder and chairman, said: “Our AutoBest winner is the first car in our history starting to build the link between now and tomorrow, between classic and avant-garde propulsions and technologies. The new Corsa is the first to democratise the future of electric motoring, making people in Europe embrace the future confidently as the next normality,” said Dan Vardie, AutoBest Founder & Chairman.
Together with the Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid, the Corsa-e marked the starting signal for the Opel electrification-offensive this year. All Opel models will be electrified by 2024 – customers can then choose an “e” version of each model. The Vivaro-e van will launch in the coming year. Electrified versions of the Opel Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life will then arrive in 2021.