The Vauxhall Corsa celebrates its 25th birthday with a stunning Corsa Energy offer and 25 amazing facts.
An era famous for Britpop, Walkmans, shell suits and the Spice Girls, the 1990s was a standout decade for British culture that welcomed another icon in 1993 – the Vauxhall Corsa.
One of the nation’s most beloved vehicles, the Corsa is celebrating its 25th year in the UK. And to mark the occasion, Vauxhall is offering a brand new Corsa from just £149 per month, with a £149 initial rental* – just in time for it to wear a new ‘18’ plate, too.
In a deal that would have surprised buyers back in 1993, let alone 2018, the Corsa on offer – an Energy three-door 1.4 (75PS) – is worlds apart from its original namesake. For example, who’d have thought 25 years ago that a personal assistant could be accessed directly from the comfort of your car via Corsa’s clever OnStar system?
But Vauxhall’s best-seller has always moved with the times. The Corsa was born with cassette players and now offers Apple CarPlay; its most popular engines have almost doubled in power; and its interior dimensions have grown significantly.
But while design and tech have changed over 25 years, the Corsa’s amazing value hasn’t, its price only increasing by £3,850.
As the iconic Corsa turns 25, here’s 25 things you may not know about it
- The original Corsa was introduced in an advert with supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista
- It was once claimed that about 70% of learners make their first car purchase the same model as they pass their test in
- Vauxhall has sold two million Corsas in the UK and 9.86 million globally
- ‘Corsa’ means ‘race’ in Italian
- When Arctic Monkeys signed a publishing deal with EMI publishing, lead vocalist Alex Turner celebrated by buying a Vauxhall Corsa
- The Corsa replaced the much-loved Vauxhall Nova
- Matt Smith sold his Corsa on eBay for £6.3k, donating the fee to children’s charity Starlight
- Tinie Tempah, boxer Nicola Adams and ex-Doctor Who actor Matt Smith all bought the Corsa as their first car
- The most popular latest Corsa colour bought is the Grey, with 45,050 Grey Corsas currently on British roads
- The original model sold for £7,195, with the price rising by just £3,850 in 25 years. Assuming an annual inflation rate of 2%, it would be less expensive now than in 1993
- Vauxhall has sold 20,000 Corsas to UK police forces in the past ten years
- Original Corsa designer Richard Shaw still works at Vauxhall, working through the ranks to Chief Designer for Interiors
- Famous celebs involved in campaigns for the Corsa include Sean Paul, Claudia Schiffer, James Martin and fictional rock band, The C’mons
- Vauxhall has supplied thousands of Corsas to driving schools including BSM, Red and Hitachi Capital
- British artist Alex Chinneck designed a gravity-defying illusionary artwork which saw the artist suspend a Corsa fifteen feet in the air at London’s Southbank Centre
- Vauxhall renamed its yellow colour to Maddox Yellow to show support for pensioner Peter Maddox, whose yellow Corsa was vandalised
- The Corsa is one of the most popular used cars bought, with 63,000 sold each year through Network Q, the best place to buy a used Vauxhall
- Over 100 models of the Corsa have featured in the annual Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair at locations across the UK for the past 13 years
- The latest generation of the Corsa is available in 13 colours
- Some Corsa models have a hidden shark on the hinge of the glove compartment
- Unusual Corsa models have included a convertible version and a sporty pick-up
- In 2014, the prototype fourth generation Corsa was in gear to win the Guinness World Record for the “Largest GPS Drawing”
- Vauxhall created a pair of bespoke headphones in the shape of a Corsa to help launch the fifth year of the UK Beatbox Championships in 2011
- The Corsa previously shared some of the same parts with a sports car, the Lotus Elise
- A new electric Corsa model will be launching in 2019 – Vauxhall’s first electric Corsa.