Opel Monza Concept Previews Firm’s New Design LanguageMonday, July 8, 2013 11:44 by Arman Barari
Opel/Vauxhall released today the first pictures of a design study concept headed to the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Called the Monza concept, this car represents a vision of the company’s future. It previews a new design philosophy that will invariably affect all future production models.
Opel’s current design is not bad, but one could argue that it is too chintzy, and often happy-go-lucky! They all have a big grin on their face, which is not cool, to say the least. The Monza features a more serious fascia with slim headlights and sculpted bumpers. Opel says they were after a more athletic look, and they seem to have nailed it.
The Monza is not just about the looks though. The concept is also a testbed for Opel to workout new aerodynamic solutions, materials and powertrain choices. And it goes way beyond that. In terms of connectivity features, for example, Opel says “it offers possibilities that are a quantum leap in the development of infotainment systems.”
The Monza Concept pays homage to the XVR, the first concept model by Opel released in 1966, and its namesake from the Seventies, known in the UK as the Royale. Similarities between the Concept and original Monza/Royale are visible in some design elements, such as their large, glazed surfaces and low belt line.
“With the Monza Concept, we make our automotive future tangible today,” said Karl-Thomas. 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!”