Corsa Ecoflex is most economical Vauxhall everNew Corsa offers more mpg and lower emissions

21 May 2009

Vauxhall has launched a revised version of the Corsa Ecoflex, reducing CO2 emissions to 105g/km and boosting fuel economy to 70.9mpg.

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Vauxhall Corsa Ecoflex

Corsa Ecoflex returns a claimed 70.9mpg

This makes the three-door the most economical Vauxhall ever made. Fuel savings are up to 13% compared with the previous version. Taller gearing, plus changes to the wheels and tyres help achieve the improvements.

The longer gearing means the new Ecoflex requires fewer revs for any given speed. The tyres are made of low-rolling resistance rubber – so it takes less effort to start and keep them turning – and they are also narrower, aiding the Corsa’s aerodynamics.

Also helping make it more slippery through the air, the Ecoflex rides on 20mm lower suspension, and has ‘optimised’ airflow through its front air intakes. The 14-inch steel wheels are lighter than before, contributing to a 45kg total reduction in weight.

Can’t match green rivals

Performance is respectable for an , with the 1.3-litre CDTi turbodiesel managing 0-60mph in 13.4 seconds, plus a top speed of 104mph.

The new Vauxhall Corsa Ecoflex is on sale now, priced at £11,295.

It’s just a shame that Vauxhall has gone to all that effort, and still can’t match the green figures of the previous generation and Ecomotive, which both emit 99g/km and return 72.4mpg. Let alone the current , which really impresses with 98g/km and 76.3mpg.


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