Vauxhall believes it has two more years to make a decision before the design loses its appeal
Julian Rendell
27 December 2016

Vauxhall-Opel continues to plan the production of the rear-wheel-drive GT concept, unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, and believes it has two more years to make a decision before the design loses its appeal.

Vauxhall-Opel chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann said: “It’s a car we all love and the public love, so we really want to build it. The question is what the right approach is, so we are studying different directions we could follow.”

The two main possibilities are to create a ‘parts bins’ rear-wheel drive platform or to borrow an off-the-shelf platform. A rear drive platform is essential if the GT is to retain the concept’s proportions in production. Neumann said: “The platform is a complication.”

However, Neumann appeared to rule out the chances of parent company General Motors (GM) creating a parts-bin platform.

“You can take parts and pieces, but it’s a matter of cost. If you do a lot of engineering on the platform, then you can’t do it,” he said.

The most likely solution is to team up with a partner to create a new rear drive platform.“Then you need something off the shelf,” Neumann said. GM’s Chinese partner, SAIC, which owns MG, has been cited as a possibility, but Neumann refused to comment.

Neumann is prepared to wait to find a solution rather than push it with GM’s top brass and risk getting the project canned.

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27 December 2016
... why not ask Mazda for their MX-5 chassis?

Compliments to Richie Bremner for this fairly critical report. Wish the Autocar to write as critical and un-biased on Bentley, Jaguar, Mini, Range Rover as well...

Cardillac

 

27 December 2016
I was about to say the same thing!!
I would suggest they did more than the slight re-shell FIAT have done along with a proper Vauxhall interior.

"Why is http://www.nanoflowcell.com not getting more media attention? It could be the future... Now!"

27 December 2016
Not a lot of choices out there. It's either Mazda with the MX5 or Toyota with the GT86 ( which i think needs to have a flat four for weight distribution ). But sadly, the most likely scenario is that this will simply not happen at all.

 

 

27 December 2016
would hit all bullseyes as well! Their sales figures are way behind target so why not share costs with Vauxhall/Opel GT?

Compliments to Richie Bremner for this fairly critical report. Wish the Autocar to write as critical and un-biased on Bentley, Jaguar, Mini, Range Rover as well...

Cardillac

 

27 December 2016
Sure I read the engineers at GM had experimented with the Mokka's 4x4 layout, and whether it could be reworked into a rwd coupe. Mazda or Toyota would be possible options. Somehow the GM Kappa platform though ended up being sold to some Spanish automotive entrepreneurs at the end of the credit crunch (the story is worth a google). Maybe there's a way to re-aquire it, build a few of these in a limited run to keep the concept alive and allow some time to develop something with a more mainstream partner (Mazda being the most obvious).

6 January 2017
JIMBOB wrote:

Sure I read the engineers at GM had experimented with the Mokka's 4x4 layout, and whether it could be reworked into a rwd coupe. Mazda or Toyota would be possible options. Somehow the GM Kappa platform though ended up being sold to some Spanish automotive entrepreneurs at the end of the credit crunch (the story is worth a google). Maybe there's a way to re-aquire it, build a few of these in a limited run to keep the concept alive and allow some time to develop something with a more mainstream partner (Mazda being the most obvious).

You did - it was on Autocar.

I did ask about the Pontiac Solstice/ Saturn Sky but understand that (i) it was quite heavy (ii) unsuited to RHD and (iii) assembly processes not cheap (I suspect the Tauro people bought out enough ready-built units to tide them over for quite some time...)

MG Writer

27 December 2016
I can't see why it can't have the same proportions or quite close to those presented. And FWD platforms are plentiful in GM's parts bin. We know from the BMW Mini that FWD platforms can be fun to drive. Moreover with FWD platform the car could be made -- cheaply enough. No particular reason why it needs to be a direct competitor to the MX5. Let's recall that Lotus did make a FWD sports car years ago. So it's not like it's never been done before. I know some purists will shake their heads in horror. But it's really the only practicably viable solution - if the car is to be built at all in some form. No reason I can perceive why it can't look fairly close to the concept -- assuming all production cars anyhow will have conventional window treatment, no matter which wheels do the driving.

6 January 2017
Yes, the sports car could be FWD; yes, the MINI is a good(ish) role model. But the Lotus Elan in FWD guise was a flop. If you are going to take the easy way out with FWD then it is a short step to saying why not just make it an Astra Coupe... and so on down the slippery slope to mediocrity. To both fire passion and be successful this project needs both credibility and viability... admittedly not an easy combination to secure.

MG Writer

28 December 2016
Christ, why bother? Its like McD's trying to churn out a gourmet burger. For what end? Just keep churning with cheap appliances for people who dont care about cars. Why confuse people? An enthusiast wouldn't touch this with a barge pole anyway, so who is it for?

6 January 2017
winniethewoo wrote:

Christ, why bother? Its like McD's trying to churn out a gourmet burger. For what end? Just keep churning with cheap appliances for people who dont care about cars. Why confuse people? An enthusiast wouldn't touch this with a barge pole anyway, so who is it for?

A bit like your comment - why bother? What did you add to the debate?

MG Writer

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