The Opel Monza concept has been shown at the Frankfurt motor show, showcasing Vauxhall and Opel’s new design direction. The car, which revives the Monza nameplate, represents a “vision for the company’s future” and provides an “indication of its design targets”.
The Monza concept shows the evolution of Vauxhall/Opel’s ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision’ design language. The concept has a low stance, with a heavily sculpted bonnet and small headlamps. The blades under the lights appear to have been influenced by the bumper vents on the Astra and Insignia VXR.
However, it is unlikely the Monza concept will spawn a production coupé to fill the void left by the Calibra and original Monza.
Vauxhall says the Frankfurt concept shows the firm’s focus on “efficiency and connectivity”, which will be applied to the next generation of models. The Monza concept features a “ground-breaking powertrain solution” and the connectivity with its infotainmant system represents a “quantum leap” in development.
According to Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, the Monza “covers a whole range of subject areas and elements. 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.”
Vauxhall says the concept shares similarities with the Monza fastback sold in the 1970s and ’80s, with large glazed surfaces and a low belt line.
The Opel Monza was sold in the UK until 1986 and was based on the Vauxhall Senator. Initially badged as both Monza and Vauxhall Royale Coupé, it was an attempt to establish the little-known Opel brand in the UK. At its 1982 facelift, the Vauxhall version was dropped, and the Opel Monza continued to be sold for a further four years.