Opel Monza concept car: Frankfurt motor show 2013

Future Vauxhall design and technology previewed via the Opel Monza concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show

The new Opel Monza has been unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. And it's looked like something of a show star, attracting crowds throughout press day despite first pictures and details emerging nearly a month ago.

Vauxhall says the car gives styling nods to its 1980s namesake, though sadly this Monza is not a front-engine, rear-drive sports coupe to rival the back-to-basics Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ. Instead it is a hybrid powered, gullwing door-equipped concept car said to provide a glimpse at future Vauxhalls. We live in hope this extends further than the headlight design of the next Insignia, as this is a bolder piece of design than anything currently wearing a Vauxhall or Opel badge.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The Monza sits between the Astra and Insignia, measuring 4.69 metres long. Its side profile has a hint of the old Vectra-based Vauxhall Signum, though this is a much more modern design, while the gullwing doors – which cover both front and rear seats – are pure concept car, as are the huge, turbine alloy wheels. Vauxhall talks of greyhound dogs and ocean waves when describing its styling (really), but in truth its simply a smoothly styled concept of a future family car with some familiar Vauxhall elements around the front grille and headlights.

Inside, a singular, LED screen with 3D graphics replaces a conventional dashboard. There’s promise of advanced internet connectivity with car-to-car communication, its benefits including the ability relay traffic information.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The Monza forgoes the silky straight-six power of its 1970s and 80s namesakes, instead using a development of the Vauxhall Ampera’s range-extender drivetrain. It combines electric drive with a CNG gas powered 1-litre three-cylinder turbo engine. There’s no word on power and performance yet, though given how far this car is from showroom reality in its current form, such numbers might be an irrelevance. Given the car's favourable reaction from the Frankfurt press day attendees, though, elements of it may edge much closer to production once the show shuts up shop.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-cars/15095/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps10000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £10,000 – evo garage

The evo team picks their favourite used performance cars
1 Jul 2020
Visit/mercedes/cla/202850/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-shooting-brake-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake review

Good looks and stonking performance, if you can stomach the price tag
4 Jul 2020
Visit/skoda/202145/full-2020-skoda-octavia-vrs-engine-range-detailed
Skoda Octavia vRS

Full 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS engine range detailed

Skoda’s engine range for the Octavia vRS topped by a 242bhp turbo petrol
3 Jul 2020
Visit/dodge/challenger/202845/2021-dodge-challenger-srt-super-stock-revealed
Dodge Challenger

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock revealed

The ancient Dodge Challenger lives on in new 807bhp widebody form – makes a Shelby GT500 look like a pedal car
3 Jul 2020