THE Opel Corsa, the newest small car to be imported to Hong Kong, is set to bring a dose of style to the 'baby' car market. The car is so successful in Europe, many buyers are having to wait for delivery, an unusual situation in the current recession. In Britain, customers are putting their names on six-week waiting lists for deliveries. Low-mileage, second-hand Corsas, which are available immediately, are fetching higher prices than new cars. Cute looks are helping to move the car off the showroom floor, but the Corsa is also a well-designed vehicle that is poaching sales from the larger car sector. But it is more than a pretty face. Small car buyers are attracted to the vehicle's spacious and well designed cabin. The new generation of baby cars from Europe and Japan, labelled with names like Twingo, Punto, Micra and Ibiza, are designed to produce the maximum interior space from the minimum outside dimensions. The Corsa is tall to accommodate European frames and legroom is generous despite the modest wheelbase. A sporty driving position is enhanced by chunky and boldly styled instruments and controls and good all-round vision. However, it is not possible to see the nose or tail from the driver's seat, which makes parking a guessing game. A transversely mounted four-cylinder engine is available in 1,200 cc, 1,400 cc or 1,500 cc capacities. The 1,400 cc version is to be imported to Hong Kong in both three-and five-door variations, with automatic transmission as an option. The engines are willing and economical, and can achieve high cruising speeds with a raucous buzz. The steering of the Corsa is exceptionally sharp. This gives the car tremendous agility in town but comes at the expense of high-speed assurance as the steering feels over-sensitive. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but will be announced at the Corsa's introduction to the territory early next month.