Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition is unattainable hot hatchness

The closest we've ever gotten to driving a Corsa in the states is the older and larger Saturn Astra, which sold poorly in the U.S. and never offered more than a low-power 1.8-liter fourbanger. Therefore it's with great sadness we announce the smaller Euro-spec Vauhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring Edition boosts power to over… » 4/20/11 12:15pm 4/20/11 12:15pm

Auto Industry Helping Advance Plastics Industry, Unfortunately

Having a vehicle that looks too plastic-y is never a good thing, but the latest and advanced plastic manufacturers like Borealis and Sabic are looking to the auto-world to help further their cause of plastic. Borealis is using the Fiat 500 as its test vehicle for TPO. TPO is polypropylene-based Daplen thermoplastic… » 4/16/08 4:40pm 4/16/08 4:40pm

South Africa Gets Opel Corsaminos!


Let's say you're in South Africa and you just can't get your hands on a good vintage 1956 Mercedes-Benzamino (or, in the local parlance, a Mercedes-Benz Bakkie). Fortunately, The General sells a Gamma-platform-based bakkie known as the Opel Corsa Utility. Sure, it's front-wheel-drive, but it's a factory-built car with … » 4/01/08 8:00am 4/01/08 8:00am

Detroit Auto Show: Hummer H3R Concept, Opel Corsa OPC Join Maroon 5 on …

Looks like the General's bringing the big guns out at their "GM Style" pre-Detroit Auto Show party. That's right, they'll be bringing the "racing inspired" Hummer H3R concept — that's the LS7 7.0-liter V8-powered concept first seen at the SEMA show in October — and the Opel Corsa OPC hot-hatch right up on stage at the show … » 12/26/07 10:45am 12/26/07 10:45am

It's Got Ooh! It's Got Aah! It's The Coolest Car By Far!

Now don't go confusing this '85 Vauxhall Nova with the '85 Chevrolet Nova; even though both were sold by The General, one was a rebadged Opel Corsa and the other a rebadged Toyota Corolla. But more important than the distinction between different Novas is the fact that we have have stumbled upon The Worst Rap of All … » 11/28/07 1:00pm 11/28/07 1:00pm

World's Largest Corvair

The Ultra Van crowns itself as the world's largest production Corvair by way of an aluminum and fiberglass monococque shell wrapped around a Corvair transaxle. As the Ultra Van itself was conceived by aircraft designer David Peterson, the biggest Corvair is more like an aluminum airplane wing in the round than a… » 5/23/07 2:00pm 5/23/07 2:00pm

Corvairs Make the Books in Burbank


A small but dedicated group of Corvair owners met at our favorite Burbank bookstore this last Saturday morning for some rear engine togetherness. Among the examples attending were a Corvair powered by a Buick V-8, and a '69 Glass Enterprises Bounty Hunter Corvair-powered Dune Buggy. Our attention was divided between… » 5/22/07 3:00pm 5/22/07 3:00pm

More Super Exotic/Erotic Hot Italian Metal You Can't Touch: Bizzarrini…

You are engineer superstar Giotto Bizzarrini. You built the glorious, Shelby-teasing Ferrari 250 GTO. But you feud with Enzo (shocking) and are then wooed by Feruccio Lamborghini to develop an Enzo beater giving Lambo (and the world) the 350 GTV concept along with its glorious 3.5-Liter V12. You then go to work for Iso … » 12/12/06 7:45pm 12/12/06 7:45pm

America Needs Small Cars Now! Opel's Corsa Coming To The US...In Five…


Although gas prices have dropped over recent weeks, every analyst worth his or her weight in Saudi riyals think the cost of fuel's going nowhere but up. And the automakers, especially the domestics, have seen a major flight to small cars with high mpg and low price tags...but also with a correspondingly low margin.… » 10/02/06 12:30pm 10/02/06 12:30pm

Intro The New GM Media Strategy: CEO Rick Wagoner Waxes On The Opel…

Initially we believed — and frankly many GM PR staff seemed to confirm — the General's strategy for the next 90 days was going to be "Get Rick the hell away from cameras." However, we now think we were a bit hasty in snapping to that assessment. Exhibit A would be the above announcement for the Opel Corsa. Normally,…

» 7/18/06 5:45pm 7/18/06 5:45pm

The Maserati MC12 Corsa in a Parking Garage — in Monaco

One of the Gawkerettes, much to our considerable and unrelenting jealousy, spent Sunday in Monaco checking out the Grand Prix (go, go Alonso) from a yacht in the Mediterranean. While there, she (by the grace of Bill the parking attendant) captured a shot of the just-revealed Maserati MC12 Corsa — the track-only,… » 5/30/06 10:05am 5/30/06 10:05am