Opel, General Motor’s European division, has revealed a new concept car for the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Inspired by its original Monza GT from the 1980s, the new Opel is defined by its modern and aggressive attributes.[quote align=”left” color=”#000000″]“…elegant, dynamic styling with clever, functional solutions for drivers and passengers.”[/quote]
“The sporty appeal of Opel models has always been inseparably linked to functionality and, in this respect, the Monza Concept pays homage to the seminal Opel Monza Coupé, built between 1978 and 1986,” says Opel. “It also combined elegant, dynamic styling with clever, functional solutions for drivers and passengers. Similarities between the two cars are visible in design elements such as their large, glazed surfaces and low belt-line.”
The new Monza Concept is a large coupe, which displays the future of Opel. The vehicle’s introduction pinpoints the start of Opel’s DRIVE! 2022 strategy. This strategy calls for a return to profitability and the launch of 23 new models and 13 new powertrains in the next several years. Opel promises their new models to be precise with striking designs, and says that efficiency and connectivity will be the trademark.
Key elements that will make it onto Opel’s future production cars include the modern headlight treatment, the downward sloping blades beneath the actual headlights, the accentuated hood creases and the winged strip of chrome in the grille that holds the Opel logo. Opel says its designers targeted an athletic design rather than one of pure power and muscularity.
Below is a look at Opel’s design history with CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann. The video is in German, but captions can be turned on and translated by clicking the “CC” button in the player.