On this day in auto history - September 27th

Mon 27th Sep 2021

It was on this day in 1992 that General Motors launched the original Opel Corsa - the same vehicle which was to hit British showrooms shortly afterwards, rebadged as the Vauxhall Nova.

The new range of small, front-wheel drive hatchbacks effectively replaced the ageing Chevette from Vauxhall’s line-up but only after a seven-month union dispute borne out of anger that the vehicles were to be built in Spain, not the UK.

In all, almost 500,000 Nova’s were to be sold in Britain over the next decade with the vehicle enjoying its best year in 1989 when it was the country’s seventh best-selling car with more than 70,000 sales.

As competition in supermini sector intensified during the early 1990’s. Vauxhall decided to drop the Nova name from its line-up and reinvent the vehicle as the Vauxhall Corsa which - 25 years on - has become one of the best-selling vehicles in British history with close to 2 million units sold.

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