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Vauxhall and Opel cars will get a new, very different and all-encompassing grille and lights design, to underscore their move to the PSA Group and mark their new independence from former owner General Motors. The design is to be showcased on a concept named Vauxhall GT X Experimental, which the brand is in the process of revealing, ahead of a full unveil later this year.

The concept, described by Vauxhall as 'daring', is pitched at the mid-2020s. Its frontal treatment, dubbed Vizor, has been created in the Vauxhall-Opel design centre at Rüsselsheim and replaces a style regarded for some time as too conventional. The move aims to match the frontal treatments on future cars with the ‘pure and bold’ shapes PSA believes it has already adopted for its most modern designs.

 

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Work on Vauxhall-Opel’s new interior and exterior treatments was presented to PSA chief Carlos Tavares last December. Once the winning themes were chosen, much work was done to make sure they could function in many different iterations and could be adapted to different vehicle styles and duties. 

New nose shapes the future:

Design boss Mark Adams’ remark that designing a new grille and nose is “liberating” is an important guide to its deep significance to the future of Vauxhall and Opel.

Adams has loyally overseen the creation of designs that, looking back, have had an enormous task: to seem home-grown in Britain, Germany, America and China at the same time. The new Vizor face willcarry the same modernity Adams’ designers have steadily brought to the rest of their cars’ shapes. No one is saying when we’ll see the new nose, but it’s hard to see the all-important Corsa (due next year) missing out.

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dipole 1 August 2018

At least with regard to

At least with regard to design they are trying to be adventurous which is something I couldn't have said of Opel for the last 10 years.  Before that you got hints of it in things like the original Tigra but before that you need to look back to the Manta for something that was really desirable on its own terms.

Jeremy 1 August 2018

Camaro-esque

I like this new combined grille/lights design. It could almost be a Mk 1 Camaro!

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