It’s not just the new Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept that creates the optimism, although it does seem almost good enough and plausible enough for production (were it not for those clap-hands doors, lack of door seals and meagre rear carrying space).
Rüsselsheim has made some very decent concepts over the years, but there has always been a feeling that their future — if they had one — would be decided by uninvolved people in some Detroit ivory tower in three or six months’ time.
This is different. Big boss Carlos Tavares has already given the GT X project his blessing. Its objectives are understood by all. Vauxhalls of the future will be exciting and progressive, and this GT X will be one of the major drivers.
Meanwhile, under the management of a new but hugely experienced CEO, Stephen Norman, Vauxhall is building the retail environment to match its new design freedom and quick decision-making. Norman intends to cut the number of dealers from 330 to 250 to make the business of selling cars more worthwhile to the (doubtless carefully edited) group that remain.