Rowan Horncastle08 July 2013

Vauxhall unveils the Monza concept

With the help of a strategic shadow, and a man, Vauxhall teases the future of its design

What you can kind of see above – unless you can see through the man, Opel/Vauxhall's CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, and illuminate the shadow covering half the car – is Vauxhall's first coupe for 16 years. It's called the Monza, and is set to be unveiled (hopefully with all the lights on) at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Collectors of the Vauxhall Encyclopedia will know that the Monza moniker has been used before. It was the name of the two-door version of the Opel Senator, which was sold in the UK as the Vauxhall Royale from 1978-82. But this is more than a new badge; it's a statement of intent of where Vauxhall's design, powertrains and technology are heading in the future.

It's the latest evolution of the brands ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision' design language. That sounds like the combination of papier-mâché and the board game Operation to us, but either way the car looks better than the old Calibra it succeeds. There's a low stance and bonnet, heavily sculptured front end and some futuristic headlamps. All of this has been done to ‘give the car an extra dose of self-confidence' - which does sound rather like something you'd say to an errant teenager, not about the design of a new car.

But the Monza isn't just Vauxhall's crystal ball into the future of design, it's also showcasing the future of infotainment and driver technologies. These too remain under wraps until September, but the buzzwords flying around the Luton offices are ‘efficiency' and ‘connectivity'. We do know that the old Monza/Royale was the first car to feature a digital dashboard, so hopefully this one will showcase similar...

There are no plans for the Monza to go into production, and as Vauxhall is being tight-lipped with the mechanical and technological info within the concept, why don't you tell us what you'd like to see? Then come back in September after the Frankfurt show, and see if they've taken your advice.

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