General Motors is one of the world’s leading automakers, traces its origins back to 1908. Chevrolet presents its second generation of Corsa utility which was launched in South Africa in 2004. The vehicle comes in variants names in different countries. The bakkie made a stunned selling record in South Africa for its practicability, interior space and load carrying ability. Its popularity went on increasing by numerous awards for vehicle quality and customer satisfaction. In 2008, the Corsa Utility was awarded as “Best Overall LCV Brand” in the Synovate Quality Awards and was titled as the best vehicle in the Half-Ton class in the same survey.
Built in Brazil the two-seat pickup is sold in South Africa offering a wide variety of engines option which is available in a choice of 3 engine variations, namely 1.4 and 1.8 petrol engines as well as a 1.7 Turbo Diesel and comes in 3 different trim levels through the choice of: Base, Club and Sport. The 1.4 litre multi-point fuel-injected engine produces highest power of 66 kW at 6 200 r per min and torque of 115 Nm at 3 200 r/min. Top speed is 160 km/h with an acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 12.8 seconds. The powerful 1.8 litre delivers 79 kW at 5 400 r per min and it has a torque figure of 160 Nm at 2 600 r/min with a top speed of 185 km/h making 0-100 km/h in 10.3 seconds. The 1.7 litre turbo diesel delivers 55kW at 4 400 r per min with maximum torque of 165 Nm between 1 800 and 3 000 r per min. All engines have satisfactory fuel consumption and are mated with five-speed manual transmission.
With a double surface look yet sophisticated, at a glance the front looks like a sedan and at the back a robust bakkie. Corsa is an athletic bakkie which is eye-catchingly attractive. The Corsa utility sport is equipped with colour coded bumpers, colour coded side mirrors, front fog lamps, roof spoiler and 15-inch alloy wheel. The base and the club come with 14-inch alloy wheel. Without doubt this bakkie has a class leading style leaving behind its predecessors.
The Corsa Utility is noiseless in manoeuvre with excellent NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness). Furthermore, it does not only offer modern styling and excellent driving dynamics but provide high level of utility features and safety. Standard safety features include side impact beams, inertia seatbelts, collapsible steering wheel and Passive immobiliser. The Corsa Ute 1.8 Sport is the only model fitted with ABS and comes with more safety features notably of dual front airbags, central door locking, side protection mouldings, immobilizer and height adjustable seatbelt.
The features from the inside vary from model to model giving an ample choice to choose over its conveniences. A range of specification levels is available and the base model is outfitted with power steering, air-conditioning and stylish instrument cluster includes rev counter. Whereas one level up which is the club add equipment such as sliding rear window, cloth seats, Radio/ MP3/CD player with 2 speakers and 2 tweeters, centre console in matt chrome, remote central locking and triple information display. However, Corsa Utility Sport gets all the features of both model and is fit out with extra features particularly of remote steering controls for the audio system and sport seats. Equally generous is headroom and shoulder room. The interior storage is the strongpoint of Corsa with a voluminous storage space behind the seats.
The Corsa Utility offers modern style and car-like luxury. This award-winning vehicle has made its path on the road of South Africa making it the most likeable choice bakkie with all needed conveniences.