Vauxhall Monza to debut at Frankfurt, Volvo XC90 to get new safety tech, Ferrari voted coolest automotive brand
5 July 2013

The Opel Monza will be revived as a concept at the Frankfurt motor show, according to reports in Germany. The show car is understood to be a large coupé showcasing Vauxhall and Opel's next-generation of lightweight materials and in-car entertainment systems. 

Ferrari has been judged as the coolest automotive brand in the UK. The supercar manufacturer came top in a survey of 20,000 people, looking at 678 brands. Ferrari came top in the automotive category and third overall, behind Apple and iPhone. It's the third time the survey has been carried out, with Ferrari improving its rating by 34 per cent compared to last year.

Volvo's new XC90, which goes on sale at the end of next year, will feature new safety technologies such as pedestrian detection. The detection system, designed to spot pedestrians in darkness, is a world first from Volvo and works in combination with automatic braking. Other technologies to be fitted to the new car include barrier detection, road edge detection and adaptive cruise control - all of which are combined with a new steer assist system.

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5 July 2013

The Opel Monza and its Vauxhall equivalent must be the silliest idea for GM Europe......unless you count the Peugeot/Citroen tie-up.  Too big and will have to be discounted to death to sell any of them.  They were out-of-date in the 80's and in the thirty years since nothing has changed to make them any more saleable.

I can see them littering forecourts everywhere, if Vauxhall decide to bring them to the UK.  So wrong in so many ways!

5 July 2013

Perhaps the Monza will be a replacement for the Monaro, it could work if they offer a full range of engines including a mad V8, more sophisticated (ie european) take on their Australian imports..

5 July 2013

Nah your wrong @n50pap, If the likes of Audi, BMW, Renault and many others can make and sell a coupe car from a mid range model, then why not Vauxhall Opel, after all it will be viable, it will be Vauxhall here, Opel in Europe, Buick in China and possibly Cadillac in the US, so numbers are not an issue.

The Vauxhall/Opel calibra was very successful, considering it was based on old technology, this should be up to date and bang on with the looks, I praise Vauxhall and Opel for doing everything possible to turn things around in Europe. 

MrJ

5 July 2013

I loved my Monza for its roominess and power, though wasn't so keen on its somewhat iffy electrics.

Can't say I like the fussy bits of chrome trim shown in these recent promo pix, but I will wait and see the concept before being too critical.

5 July 2013

Will the next Opel  Monza / Vauxhall Coupe not just be a hard top version of the Cascada??

5 July 2013

I liked the Monza.

 

TS7

6 July 2013

 if they think ferrari is cool.

6 July 2013

As a child in the late 70s or very early 80s I remember coming home from school and seeing a gold Monza coupe parked outside a private clinic in my cul-de-sac and thinking to myself - that's a great looking car! Looking forward to see the 21st century reinterpretation of that fond childhood memory - just not in gold I hope! ha ha. 

Cyborg

6 July 2013

I saw on another site that they are planning to make this Audi A5/BMW 4-Series sized AND rear-wheel drive. That could be VERY interesting indeed...

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