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2010-04-21 11:01
The popular Corsa bakkie will from May form part of the Chevrolet family, General Motors South Africa has announced.

The benchmark sub-one ton bakkie, which has been a mainstay in the Opel lineup since its launch here in 2004, becomes the Lumina Ute’s plaything within Chevrolet’s LCV mix.

Total sales since launch of the locally produced bakkie, GMSA reports, is approaching the 150 000 mark and this Ute has been the sales leader in its segment for over 60 months.

“The Corsa Utility has proven to be the benchmark in the ‘B’ segment of the light commercial vehicle sector,” said Malcolm Gauld, vice-president sales and marketing for GMSA.

“It has redefined the half-ton sector of the market and driven interest to a level where the volumes in the segment now account for over 25% of all light commercial vehicle sales,” continued Gauld.

No engine changes

The Corsa Utility is available in a range of diesel and petrol models with a choice of either 1.4 or 1.8-litre petrol engines, or a 1.7DTi turbodiesel engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard across
the range.

The 1.4 litre multi-point fuel-injected engine generates peak power of 66 kW at 6 200 r/min and torque of 115 Nm at 3 200 r/min. Top speed is 160 km/h with a 0-100 km/h time of 12.8 seconds. Average fuel consumption, according to GMSA, is around 7.6 l/100 km.

The intercooled 1.7 litre turbodiesel produces 55kW at 4 400 r/min with maximum torque of 165 Nm between 1 800 and 3 000 r/min. This model has a top speed of 150 km/h with a 0-100 km/h time of 15.4 seconds and average fuel consumption of 5.7 l/100 km.

The 1.8 litre produces 79 kW at 5 400 r/min and it has a peak torque figure of 160 Nm at 2 600 r/min. Top speed is 185 km/h with a 0-100 km/h time of 10.3 seconds. Average fuel consumption for this engine is around 7.6 l/100 km.

As for comfort and convenience items on the Chevrolet Corsa Ute, a range of specification levels is available and base models are fitted with power steering and air conditioning.

One level up is Club which adds items such as a sliding rear window, cloth seats, a high-mounted stop light and a driver airbag.

Range-topping Sport models feature colour coding, alloy wheels, driver and passenger airbags and sport seats.

The Corsa Ute 1.8 Sport is the only model fitted with ABS.

Model range and prices:

Corsa Utility 1.4i                R 107 600
Corsa Utility 1.4i A/C                R 117 600
Corsa Utility 1.4i Club                R 135 100
Corsa Utility 1.4i Sport            R 155 400

Corsa Utility 1.7 DTI                R 151 300
Corsa Utility 1.7 DTI Club            R 175 700
Corsa Utility 1.7 DTI Sport            R 189 200

Corsa Utility 1.8i                R 132 400
Corsa Utility 1.8i Club                R 154 000
Corsa Utility 1.8i Sport            R 188 000

The Corsa Ute retains its five-year/120 000 km warranty.

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