On sale now, the new Corsa ecoFLEX is
the first Vauxhall to feature Start/Stop technology, enabling the new
Euro 5-compliant 1.3 CDTi (75PS) models to achieve 70.6mpg – a near
5mpg, or more than 7 per cent improvement - on the combined cycle.
Compared with the outgoing Euro 4, 1.3
CDTi (75PS) engine, the addition of Start/Stop technology and Euro 5
emissions compliance has brought a 9g/km reduction in CO2emissions,
down to 105g, as well as a 20Nm increase in torque to 190Nm. All
Start/Stop cars are also fitted with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter),
which traps harmful particulates.
The principle of Start/Stop is simple:
instead of the engine idling at traffic lights or at a level crossing,
the engine will automatically stop when the driver engages neutral and
releases the clutch pedal. When the traffic lights turn green, the
driver simply presses the clutch pedal to re-start the engine, engage
first and move away. Naturally, the car’s ventilation, power steering
and braking system performance is maintained while the engine is
Drivers who use their cars frequently
in town driving, where the Corsa’s Start/Stop function will come in to
its own, will see the biggest gains in fuel consumption. With an
official urban mpg figure of 58.9mpg, the Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (75PS)
Start/Stop is more than 12.5 per cent more economical than the outgoing
Euro 4 car without the new technology.
But the package of improvements to
Corsa ecoFLEX’s doesn’t end there. To ensure Start/Stop is reliable
during the car’s life, an enhanced starter motor is used, along with a
high performance battery and Electric Power Management system, for
efficient re-starts. An additional water pump keeps the cabin warm in
cool weather during the stop phase, and owners have the ability to turn
off Start/Stop completely via a dashboard button.
Drivers can even select the level of
air conditioning in the cabin while the engine is temporarily turned
off. Using technology unique in the industry, drivers can configure the
ventilation system to remain off when the engine’s in stop mode, or can
pre-set the engine and air conditioning to start when the in-cabin
temperature reaches a given point.
The Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (75PS)
Start/Stop range is available in all current trims, from S to SXi, with
latest prices shown below. Corsa ecoFLEX Start/Stop models add just £260
to the price of a current Euro 5 Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (75PS).