The opel corsa sets new standards in its segment

Supported by Bertrandt from the initial concept to the start of volume production

The Corsa is a bestseller. More than 12.4 million have been sold since the model was first launched 32 years ago. The fifth generation of the Corsa is setting new standards in the small car segment in terms of its chassis and drive systems, networking and driver assistance.

 

A tried-and-tested concept using the latest technology

The goals of the development process for the new Corsa were to retain the spacious interior and compact external dimensions of its predecessor, to comply with new standards and to introduce innovations. As Bertrandt had already worked on the development of the previous model, we were fully familiar with the requirements of the small car segment. For the new generation of the Corsa, we were commissioned by Opel and its system suppliers to develop components for the body, doors and closures, exterior, lighting systems, electrical and electronic systems and interior. The services we provided covered the initial package phase, including the design of the vehicle, the creation of the concept and the development of the components through to the start of volume production.

 

High standards of ride comfort and safety

The new model is almost exactly the same size as its predecessor, but has a completely new chassis. The intention was also to retain the dynamic Corsa silhouette, which is part of the characteristic Opel design philosophy. Integrating a range of assistance systems and comfort functions presented a challenge for the entire Opel development team, the system suppliers and Bertrandt. On the one hand, the strict rules on retaining the main dimensions and components allowed us to work on a more clearly defined package than has been the case with other projects. On the other hand, the rules led to greater demands being placed on our engineers.  

Expertise in styling, technology and interfaces

The newly designed front end was highly challenging. With its elegant headlights, wingshaped daytime running lights and trapezoid grille with a prominent chrome bar and large lightning badge, it gives the new Corsa a strong presence on the road. At the same time, the engineers had to meet the strict frontal impact and pedestrian protection requirements. We completed the relevant tasks during the course of several development loops in collaboration with the Opel specialists and system suppliers. The development of the rear of the vehicle was also a challenge for us. The outward leaning, two-part rear lights and the horizontal lines give the rear end a stretched appearance which makes the car seem wider. As Bertrandt was responsible for integrating both components, it was possible to take a cross-departmental approach to developing and evaluating them. This allowed us to present solutions in our meetings with Opel that had previously been agreed on, which reduced the number of development loops and saved valuable time.

Generous interior with excellent networking

The sophisticated interior of the new Corsa makes use of high-quality materials with a premium finish. The clearly designed cockpit with its eye-catching instrument panel has a spacious feel. In the centre, between the driver and passenger, is a seven-inch touch screen for the IntelliLink infotainment system. Working with the project engineers from the various Opel departments, our electrical, bodywork and interior specialists were responsible for positioning the different sensors and control units which provided a range of safety systems and comfort functions for end customers. The proximity between our developers and the experts from our validation and testing department in our new electronics competence centre was very helpful, particularly during the start-up phase.

The new Corsa comes with lane departure warning, side blind spot alert, traffic sign assist and forward collision alert, together with advanced park assist and a rear view camera. The steering wheel and windscreen are also heated, which is rare for a car of this class.