Vauxhall’s limited edition Corsa

VAUXHALL has announced a new limited edition Corsa, which will be powered by an equally new 118bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with stop-start technology.

Friday, 3rd August 2012, 2:57 pm

The Black Edition is to be a sporty model available in three- or five-door body styles and wearing a host of stylistic upgrades including 17in diamond-cut alloy wheels, a body-coloured front lower bumper ‘spoiler’, side sills, rear lower skirt and rear spoiler.

Just one picture has been officially released, with order books open now and a run of 500 having been planned.

n WHITE cars hold their value best, however, while greens and maroons are the kiss of death in terms of depreciation, according to CAP, the used car pricing experts. In a study comparing secondhand values to new prices, the company found that white cars typically hold around five per cent more of their value than the market average for a typical used car. The trend marks a complete turnaround from the days when dealers used the name ’60 day white’ to reflect the tendency of white cars to outstay their welcome on the forecourt.

But blue cars still languish below market average values, continuing to earn the trade’s disdain with the popular label of ‘doom blue’.

CAP analysed the trade market performance of hundreds of thousands of vehicles over five years and found that, for mainstream vehicles, white was consistently the top performer.

The analysis also revealed that green remains relatively unpopular in the used car market and that the colour most likely to cost owners heavily in depreciation was purple.

The resurgence of white means that a typical white model can be worth several hundred pounds more after three years than an otherwise identical blue one.

It works both ways, of course for the used car buyer, with real bargains to be had if you pick a less popular colour, because most of the depreciation has already occurred and you could save serious cash.