The realignment of the entry level Corsa Lite range addresses the need for GMSA to continue to support the lower end of the car market with competitively priced and specified vehicles.
"In order to provide the Opel Corsa Lite with a more competitive price position in the entry level sector the two Corsa Lite Sport models have been replaced by the Opel Corsa Lite +'' says Malcolm Gauld, GMSA's sales and marketing director.
"The changes that come with this change of model designation provide a number of specification enhancements together with an appealing exterior look and most importantly, a competitive price."
All three models in the Corsa Lite line-up are now fitted with an electronic instrument cluster in place of the electro-mechanical one used up till now.
With this change comes the addition of a rev counter to the Corsa Lite specification which shares the same instrument cluster as the Corsa Lite+. Revised trim cloth refreshes the interior package on the two Corsa Lite+ models, one with a factory fitted air conditioner.
The painted silver centre wheel cap on the Corsa Lite is replaced by a full-face seven-spoke clip on wheel cover similar to that fitted to the Corsa Lite+ although the wheel sizes are 13 inch and 14 inch respectively.
"Perhaps more important than the specification changes on the Corsa Lite range is the news on pricing of these entry level models," says Malcolm Gauld.
"The base model Corsa Lite enters the market with its slightly enhanced specification with a zero increase in price. Significantly this is the only model in its segment to have had no increase at all in its price in the past 24 months. This model will sell for R68 600, just as it did when it was first introduced in 2002.
The Corsa Lite + without aircon is priced at R77 500, an effective 4.39% decrease over the price of the Corsa Lite Sport that it replaces.
The Corsa Lite + with aircon retails at R83 500, a price that is an effective 4% lower than the model it replaces.