Opel/Vauxhall Monza Concept preview
Opel/Vauxhall have previewed the first images and details on the Monza Concept, a sportscar study that gives indications on the future of the brands. It will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Partially unveiled by Opel/Vauxhall’s CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, the Monza Concept “represents a vision of the company’s future, while crucially giving an indication of its design targets.”
The concept focuses on two themes – efficiency and connectivity – and features a design that evolves Opel/Vauxhall’s ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision’, and develops a “new theme which conveys a sense of lithe athleticism, rather than pure muscle power.”
This design emphasis is immediately apparent in the vehicle’s frontal styling. A low stance with flowing lines, the clearly defined bonnet and striking headlamp treatment all combine to give the car an extra dose of self-confidence.
Further developed signature Opel/Vauxhall themes are the typical crease on the hood – that appears more three-dimensional and prominent – and the chrome grille bar carrying the brand logo, that sweeps up with winglets at its tips.
‘It carries them forward in a visionary fashion, expressing them with fresh inspiration and clarity. This car is a study that will have a long-term impact on the next generation of Vauxhall and Opel models.’ explains Karl-Thomas Neumann.
“[...] viewed from any angle, its innovative body design and perfect proportions will turn heads.”
Heritage: the XVR Concept (1966)
Presented at the 1966 Geneva Salon, the XVR Concept was largely the work of Vauxhall’s head of design, David Jones, the concept was remarkably prescient, with its wide, low-profile tires aping the visual change in contemporary Formula One cars, which required more grip to cater for the power produced by the new 3-litre engine formula.
And like the Monza Concept, the XVR provided hints to design cues on future production models, such as the unique, ultra-slim tail-lights of the Viva HC. As well as the XVR show concept, a driveable car was built and tested by Vauxhall.
The Opel Monza / Vauxhall Royale (1978-1982)
The name ‘Monza’ harks back to an Opel production model, which was first sold in the UK in the late Seventies, Vauxhall’s mirror-image version was the better-known Royale, built from 1978 to 1982.
The Monza and Royale combined a rakish styling with clever, functional solutions for drivers and passengers. Similarities between the Concept and original Monza/Royale are visible in some design elements, such as their large, glazed surfaces and low belt line.
The original Monza/Royale was the first car on the market to feature a digital dashboard display.