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2011 Vauxhall Corsa revealed

New shape and vibrant colours for the supermini

2011 Vauxhall Corsa

The Corsa gets a new grille and front bumper

Vauxhall has given its Corsa supermini a makeover and some bright new colours for the Spring.

The 2011 Vauxhall Corsa takes on the latest family look, with changes both outside and in adding to the drivetrain and chassis updates already in production.

2011 Vauxhall Corsa: new look

Exterior revisions for the 2011 Corsa are focused at the front of the car – but should certainly make the new model easy to spot.

Vauxhall has changed the front grille, front bumper and headlights. The upper grille now sports a chrome bar and new style Griffin badge, while changes to the bumper bring a wider lower grille, and what Vauxhall describes as a ‘smiling’ appearance.

The headlights are Eagle-Eye units, similar to that fitted on the latest Meriva; the chrome finish matches the newly chrome front foglight surrounds, and daytime running lights become standard across the Corsa range.

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2011 Vauxhall Corsa

Lime green is one of many new colours

Bright colours

Joining the new look is a vibrant colour pallet with five additional paint colours.

Pictured are the new Lime Green pearlescent (the bright green car) and solid Guacamole. Chilli Orange metallic is also new, while Pepperdust metallic carries over from the Meriva and bright yellow Sunny Melon makes a Corsa return.

That lot should certainly blast away the winter blues, and the changes outside are complimented (if that the right word) by colourful new options inside. Steel Blue and Tabasco Orange seat trims are joined by new colour choices for the door trim, centre console, air vent rings and door handles.

2011 Vauxhall Corsa interior

New Touch & Connect system is available

New options and engineering updates

A new option for 2011 will be the latest Vauxhall Touch & Connect multimedia system – incorporating satellite navigation with 2D and 3D mapping, CD-player, aux-in, USB connection and Bluetooth.

New alloy wheels polish off the outside. 16-inch alloys fitted to the SE and SXi models are joined by an optional 18-inch design for the range-topping Corsa VXR hot hatch, echoing a design available on the Vauxhall Insignia VXR.

In addition, the new Corsa benefits from a host of engineering revisions that have already been introduced. This includes changes to the dampers and softer front springs combined with revised anti-rollbars for improve ride quality and handling, plus the availability of start-stop on some ecoFLEX turbodiesels – including a 94g/km CO2 version that returns a claimed 78.5mpg.

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Priced from £9,995

The 2011 Vauxhall Corsa is set to arrive in dealerships in February.

It will be priced from £9,995 – including VAT at the 20 percent rate that’s being introduced in January. Taking this into account, the new Corsa represents a price increase of between £60 and £75, depending on model.

Stability control remains optional rather than standard on some models, but as the Corsa is already a consistent top three best seller in the UK, these updates are only likely to heighten its appeal in what is a very competitive segment of the market.

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