General Motors Europe chose an in-house design for its next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Corsa small car instead of a style penned by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
GM Europe President Carl-Peter Forster said Giugiaro’s proposal spurred GM’s own designers into producing a much more exciting Corsa design.
“Our designers felt the cold wind of competition breathing down their necks,” said Forster. “This prompted them to go away and produce a truly fine design.”
The new, fourth-generation Corsa will be much more adventurous than its predecessors, especially the current model, said Forster.
The next Corsa, which is due late in 2006, will share its platform with Fiat’s new Punto small car. The third-generation Punto, which debuts at September’s IAA in Frankfurt, was designed by Giugiaro.
Forster said the new Corsa will maintain its price 10 percent to 20 percent above the Kalos, the small car offered by Chevrolet, GM’s budget brand in Europe.
Currently Corsa prices start at E10,945 in Germany. Kalos’ prices start at E8,990.
The Corsa is GM’s best selling model in western Europe. Corsa sales were 369,815 last year, down from 431,533 in 2003.