Rory Harvey told Autocar: “The ability to invest in a niche product has to be driven by a business case, and currently that’s less likely.”
The Vauxhall boss - who has been in the job for less than six months - cited the increasing globalisation of the industry as another hurdle in incubating the sort of project which resulted in a rebodied Lotus’s Elise wearing a Griffin badge, as the VX220 did.
Nevertheless, Harvey declared himself a fan of the concept, which could prospectively see a rear-drive coupé introduced to the Vauxhall line-up.
“I would love to see the GT built, but you do have to look at the reality,” he said.
Vauxhall’s confidence has been buoyed by reaction to the retro-cool of the concept, not to mention the Vauxhall Astra’s very recent triumph in European Car of the Year.
Even if the manufacturer doesn’t ultimately aspire to build a car in the GT’s mould, it promises the same stylistic filter-down effect which has reportedly seen the 2013 Monza concept influence a good many of the 29 new models said to be in the pipeline at Vauxhall and Opel.
Harvey, a self-declared enthusiast at heart, also reiterated his support for the VXR wing of Vauxhall’s range, revealing that he’d enquired about “what more we could do in the sporting arena” not long after replacing former managing director, Tim Tozer.