Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
4 minute read
5 Mar 2021
8:50 am

Opel banks on new Corsa for local brand boost

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Hatchback’s latest reincarnation faces stiff test in tough segment.

All-new Opel Corsa

There was a time when the Opel Corsa was a true heavyweight on the South African motoring scene. After making its local debut in 1994 with its familiar “tortoise” contours, the feisty little hatchback became a popular and fun choice among South African motorists. In fact, the nameplate was even expanded to include a small sedan called the Corsa Classic and a half-tonner bakkie, the Corsa Utility. But somewhere in between the Corsa’s dizzy heights at the turn of the century and 2021, quite a lot has happened. The Classic ceased to exist and the Utility was moved under the...