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Next year will be a busy time for su­per­mini ar­rivals with not only the fifth-gen­er­a­tion Clio be­ing launched but also a new Peu­geot 208 and Vaux­hall Corsa. The 208 and Corsa will be built on the same EMP1 plat­form for the first time, fol­low­ing the pur­chase by Peu­geot owner PSA of Vaux­hall-opel in 2017.

Both mod­els have been con­firmed as hav­ing pure­elec­tric vari­ants, which will give them green ku­dos over the Clio, al­though nei­ther is likely to fea­ture the other tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments found on the Clio.

The elec­tric 208, which will ex­ist along­side more tra­di­tion­ally pow­ered 208s, will lead the zero-emis­sions push for the en­tire PSA Group, con­sist­ing of Citroën, DS, Peu­geot and Vaux­hall-opel.

How­ever, most eyes will be on the new Corsa, which has had a re­mark­ably fast de­vel­op­ment af­ter a signed-off de­sign based on ar­chi­tec­ture from pre­vi­ous owner Gen­eral Mo­tors was axed. De­spite the Corsa be­ing de­vel­oped in less than two years, Vaux­hall-opel boss Michael Lohscheller has said it “will not be com­pro­mised in any way”.

Today’s Corsa will be re­placed next year

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