Why is it that only luxury cars seem to come with really useful gadgets like parking distance sensors built into the bumpers? Parking in tight spaces can be just as much of a trial for supermini drivers as countless mums, sons and daughters will testify.
So news of an accessory kit for Britain's best selling small car is sure to be welcomed by Vauxhall Corsa owners. Mounted on the rear number plate and automatically activated in reverse gear, two ultrasonic sensors can detect obstacles up to 100 cm behind the car.
To warn the driver, an audible tone increases in intensity as the car reverses towards an object. Obstacles such as bollards and other people’s bumpers less than 30 cm away are indicated by a constant tone.
Designed specifically for current Corsa models, the kit can be fitted at any Vauxhall dealership in 45 minutes and is priced at £175.
Another practical accessory launched this month by Vauxhall is a rain sensor suitable for current and older Corsa, Astra, Frontera, Vectra, Zafira and Omega models. Usually only available as an online option when buying a new car, this aftermarket kit costs around £100 fully fitted, depending on model.
Activated when the wiper arm is in the intermittent position, the system reacts quickly upon rainfall and automatically adjusts wiper frequency depending on intensity of rain without any further command, increasing driving convenience and safety. An additional benefit is that the kit can be easily removed and installed in another Vauxhall when the time comes to sell.Published 22 February 2003