Vauxhall Corsa drops diesel option after 35 years Car News

The Vauxhall Corsa is now available exclusively with petrol and electric, following the removal of the diesel variant from price lists.

The move ends 35 years of diesel-powered Corsa models, which began with the introduction of an optional 1.5-litre Isuzu unit for the first generation car (called Nova in the UK) in 1987.

Vauxhall withdrew the diesel option of the previous Corsa from sale about a year before production ended, this representing only 2.5% of sales, but introduced a new diesel for the current car when it was launch in 2019.

The Corsa’s current diesel option was a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 102 bhp and capable of a claimed 88.3 mpg. In 2021, it accounted for just 1.4% of Corsa sales in the UK, a tenth of the volume posted by the all-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e.

Surviving options are 1.2-litre petrols with 74bhp and 99bhp and a 134bhp battery-electric powertrain with a range of 222 miles.

The Vauxhall Mokka crossover, which uses the same CMP architecture as the Corsa, continues to be offered with the diesel option, as does the closely related Peugeot 208 supermini crossover and Peugeot 2008 crossover.

The Vauxhall Crossland, Vauxhall Grandland and Vauxhall Insignia are also still offered with a diesel engine, as is the new upcoming Vauxhall Astra family saloon.

Vauxhall has pledged to offer an electrified version of each of its models by 2024 and will withdraw all combustion engine cars from sale in 2028.

A Vauxhall spokesperson told Autocar: “The Vauxhall Corsa is based on a multi-energy platform, giving consumers the choice of powertrain that best suits their needs.

“Vauxhall is committed to going all-electric from 2028 and, in line with this commitment, will review its ICE powertrain offering from time to time.

“In line with UK customer demand, Vauxhall has decided to remove the diesel powertrain from the Corsa, leaving the Corsa-e all-electric and the Corsa petrol-powered, as part of our model year changes announced on 6 April 2022. .”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-11 10:28:05

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