Opel's budget buster, the Corsa Lite, has undergone some minor changes, while the Corsa Lite Sport will now be called the Lite+. Could this give the Lite extra spark in the budget market?

Opel's budget buster, the Corsa Lite, has undergone some minor changes, while the Corsa Lite Sport will now be called the Lite+. Could this give the Lite extra spark in the budget market?

With the cost of new vehicles as contentious as ever, General Motors SA has decided to "provide a number of specification enhancements together with an appealing exterior look", according to Malcolm Gauld, GMSA's sales and marketing director.

Gauld said p[rices would not increase. The base model will still sell for R68 600, the same price as when it was first launched in 2002.

The three models in the Corsa range are now all fitted with electronic instrument clusters, replacing the electro-mechanical ones. A rev counter has been added too and Corsa Lite and Corsa Lite + now share an instrument cluster.

Although the wheel sizes are 13- and 14-inch for the Corsa Lite and Corsa Lite+ respectively, a seven-spoke clip-on wheel cover similar to the one fitted to the Corsa Lite+ replaces the silver centre wheel cap on the Lite.

The cloth trim has been revised on the two Corsa Lite+ models, with one now featuring a factory-fitted air conditioner.

"The Corsa Lite + without aircon is priced at R77 500, an effective 4,39 per cent decrease over the price of the Corsa Lite Sport that it replaces," Gauld said. "The Corsa Lite + with aircon retails at R83 500, a price that is an effective 4 per cent lower than the model it replaces."