Vauxhall axes diesel engine from Corsa due to ‘customer demand’

  • Vauxhall drops diesel version of Corsa, leaving only petrol and electric versions on sale
  • It’s the first time the Corsa hasn’t come with a diesel engine for 35 years
  • British brand cites customer demand for the move

Time 8:08 am, April 12, 2022

Diesel power has been offered in the Vauxhall Corsa for the last 35 years, but the British brand how now axed the diesel version of the current generation of the top-selling supermini.

In an official statement, Vauxhall said the decision to remove the diesel variant of the Corsa was due to ‘customer demand’.

The move leaves the firm’s best-selling hatchback with existing petrol options, as well as a fully electric powertrain in the Corsa-e.

In the statement, a Vauxhall spokesperson said: ‘The Vauxhall Corsa is based on a multi-energy platform, giving consumers the choice of powertrain that best suits their needs.

‘Vauxhall has committed to going fully electric from 2028 and in line with that commitment will review its powertrain offering from time to time.

‘In line with UK customer demand Vauxhall decided to remove the diesel powertrain from Corsa, leaving the all-electric Corsa-e and petrol-powered Corsa, as part of our model year changes announced on April 6, 2022.

‘No other models are affected by this change.’

Vauxhall is currently in the process of electrifying much of its current range of vehicles, with models ranging from the Corsa right the way up to the larger Grandland incorporating electrified powertrains in some way.

Just last week, the final Vauxhall Astra rolled off the firm’s Ellesmere Port production line as the site pivots to become an EV-only production site.

From 2023, it will create electric vehicles for the entire Stellantis group, including the Vauxhall Combo-e and Peugeot e-Partner.

To achieve this, Stellantis has invested £100m into the plant, in keeping with its plans to become a carbon-neutral group worldwide by 2038.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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