On sale now, the new Corsa ecoFLEX has a raft of improvements to optimise its aerodynamics and 1.3-litre CDTi powertrain, which still produces 75PS and achieves similar performance to that of the outgoing model.
A shorter second-gear ratio improves the Corsa ecoFLEX's driveability around town, while the engine's generous 170Nm of torque from just 1750rpm allows it to pull a taller fourth and fifth-gear ratio, offering drivers a more relaxed cruising gait and better economy on longer journeys.
Aerodynamics have been enhanced by lowering the Corsa's ride height by 20 millimetres and optimising airflow through its front air intakes. Complementing these changes are narrower (175/70 instead of 185/70) low-rolling resistance tyres, fitted to lighter 14-inch steel wheels with new wheel trims – part of a weight-saving package that cuts the Corsa ecoFLEX's kerbweight by 45 kilogrammes.
Available in Life and Club trims, the Corsa ecoFLEX starts at £11,295, though buyers with qualifying vehicles can use the joint Vauxhall/Government 'scrappage' incentive to obtain a £2,000 discount, reducing this price to £9,295. And since the Corsa ecoFLEX attracts 13 per cent Benefit in Kind tax for company drivers, and £35 VED annually, it's set to be one of the cheapest cars to run on the market.Vauxhall Corsa flexes eco cred
30 October 2009