Vauxhall Teases Glimpse of New Monza Concept
Vauxhall – along with sister company, Opel – is set to reveal a new concept car ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
Known as the Monza Concept, and partially unveiled today by Opel/Vauxhall’s CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann (pictured above), the car represents a vision of the company’s future, while crucially giving an indication of its design targets. “It covers a whole range of subject areas and elements,” said Karl-Thomas. “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.”
The Monza Concept shows what Vauxhall customers can expect to see in the future. It focuses on two major themes – efficiency and connectivity – which will be top priorities for the 6,000-strong team of engineers, technicians and designers developing the next generation of models.
Representing a styling evolution of Vauxhall’s ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision’, the Monza Concept develops a new theme which the company says conveys a sense of ‘lithe athleticism’, rather than pure muscle power.
While 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 (pictured above), built from 1978 to 1982. Similarities between the concept and original Monza/Royale are visible in some of the 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 and the Monza Concept will ontinues this theme, says Vauxhall.
The Monza Concept is the latest of a number of design studies that Vauxhall has created to illustrate its future styling direction. Nearly 50 years ago, the XVR (pictured above) took centre stage at the 1966 Geneva Salon. Largely the work of Vauxhall’s head of design, David Jones, the concept, with its wide, low-profile tyres aped 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 ultra-slim tail-lights of the Viva HC. As well as the XVR show concept, a driveable car was built and tested by Vauxhall.
“With the Monza Concept, we make our automotive future tangible today,” said Karl-Thomas. And fueling curiosity about Rüsselsheim’s newest study ahead of its world premiere, he added: “I can’t yet go into detail about how the Monza Concept’s interior design – and especially its trend-setting technologies – will change the driving experience. However, I can guarantee that viewed from any angle, its innovative body design and perfect proportions will turn heads. But they are just a visible expression of the great substance you will find under the bodywork. Everyone should visit us at the Opel/Vauxhall stand at the IAA to get a look at our exciting future!”