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Spring 2002 launch for Corsa ECO

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Vauxhall has confirmed that the new Corsa ECO will go on sale in the UK, following the announcement of its world debut at the Frankfurt Show in September, earlier this week.

The Corsa ECO will use a 1.0 litre 12v engine and Vauxhall's Easytronic gearbox, which in conjunction with aerodynamic modifications, will make it one of the most economical cars around.

Introduction of the Corsa ECO follows the success of the Astra ECO4 launched at the end of last year. The Corsa version will be available in the UK next spring.

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Vauxhall/Opel is to show the new Corsa ECO at the Frankfurt motor show next month (13-23 September) is the new Corsa ECO, aimed at bringing new levels of petrol engine efficiency and environmental friendliness to the small car class.

A combination of modified aerodynamics and use of the Easytronic gearbox means fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 56.6 mpg, while a CO2 emissions figure of 120g/km matches the standards set by its diesel stablemate, the Astra ECO 4.

The Corsa ECO (pictured) will be launched in Europe next spring; UK entry is not yet confirmed.

The ECOTEC 1.0 litre 58PS engine is used in conjunction with the Easytronic transmission, which for the Corsa ECO has been programmed so that the engine always runs in the lowest fuel consumption range. However in situations like overtaking, a kick-down function immediately releases the engine's full power.

The second factor contributing to the more than 10% reduction in consumption and CO2 emissions compared with the Corsa 1.0, is aerodynamic fine tuning using special panels for most of the underbody and the engine compartment, a roof spoiler, smooth wheel covers and reduced airflow through the engine compartment.

Other minor alterations also played an important role. For example, the Corsa ECO runs on 175/65 R14 tyres with optimised rolling resistance and recommended air pressures are increased to 2.7/2.5 bar (front/rear). Modifications to the springs and shock absorbers mean the body sits 15mm lower. A reduction in the idling speed also has a positive effect, particularly in urban traffic.

A full-size spare wheel is still included and air conditioning will be available as an option. Top speed of the new super mean Corsa is 100mph – 4mph more than the standard manual Corsa 1.0.

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