Four things you probably didn’t know about the Vauxhall Corsa 0
The Vauxhall Corsa first appeared over 30 years ago, and has since become a popular fixture on our roads throughout several generations – it’s now on its fifth incarnation – and has sold over two million units, enduringly popular with the young and old alike. Here are four things you probably didn’t know about the Vauxhall Corsa:
- Vauxhall didn’t initially like the name Corsa. The first edition of the Corsa was rolled out between 1982 and 1993 although in Britain, we didn’t know it by that name. Over here, the Corsa was called the ‘Nova’. Outside of the UK, where their cars are sold by the umbrella brand Opel, the name Corsa was used right from the start. The reason for the different moniker, was because the bosses at Vauxhall thought that ‘Corsa’ sounded too similar to the word ‘courser’ – meaning rough or poor quality, a association Vauxhall did not want customers to make. The name by which we know it today was adopted when the second generation was released in 1993.
- The Corsa used to share parts with the Lotus Elise. There aren’t too many resemblances between the two models, but one thing they do share is indicator and wiper stalks. Yes, the third generation Corsa and Series 2 Lotus Elise have that it common, but that‘s where the similarities end.
- Doctor Who owned a Corsa. There are a lot of them on the road, so it makes sense that at least one former Corsa driver would go on to be famous. Perhaps the most well-known of the former Corsa alumni is actor Matt Smith, best known for playing the television time lord. Smith owned a silver Corsa when he was 18, and still had the vehicle in his possession when he started on Doctor Who. Other notable former Corsa drivers include: former rally champion Colin McRae and Sean Bean.
- Some Vauxhall Corsa models have a hidden shark. Like ‘Easter Egg’ jokes hidden within DVD menu screens or computer games, where something has been hidden for only the curious to find, the 2004 Corsas had a shark hidden inside the glove compartment, engraved inside one of the hinges. Most likely the result of a bet between engineers as to whether they could fit a shark inside a Corsa, the little joke is there for the amusement of those who care to look for it. Other Vauxhalls to have sharks hidden about their bodywork are the Zafira Tourer MPV and the ADAM city car.