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2020 Vauxhall Corsa review: a more boring version of the Peugeot 208, or Britain's finest?

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Vauxhall Corsa 
The Corsa has a maturity not found in its French cousin, but will that matter to British buyers? Credit: David Shepherd 

The new Vauxhall Corsa had been under development for three years when Peugeot bought Opel from General Motors in March 2017 and immediately ditched everything.

“We had prototypes, we were well advanced,” says the Corsa’s chief engineer, Thomas Wanke. 

Instead, the Vauxhall/Opel team were presented with Peugeot’s CMP small-car platform and told to get on with it. The thinking was clear; CMP is more versatile, allowing the use of hybrid and battery-electric drivetrains as well as four-cylinder engines. Moreover it meant that PSA doesn’t have to pay a licence fee to platform-owner General Motors, as it has with other models, for every car built. 

But time was short, just two and a half years before...

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