• Oct 16, 2006
The Vauxhaull brand is Britain's own little version of Opel, the General Motors brand sold throughout the rest of Europe. While it may seem cool the Brits don't have to buy the same Opels as the rest of the old country, there are drawbacks. One big one is the announcement recently that Vauxhaull will not be getting a version of the Opel GT, which itself is a version of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sold here in the States. Apparently there's not a good business case for converting the car to right-hand drive for sale in the U.K. and slapping a Vauxhaull badge on it, as is the custom with much of Opel's lineup. They must not expect the car would sell in very large numbers in the U.K., or at least in not in the numbers required to cover the cost of the conversion and promotion. But Brits should take heart that more performance is on its way in the form of a new Vauxhall Monaro, according to Auto Express. The new four-door Monaro will feature a 6.0-liter V8 producing 362 horsepower, which is more of a muscle car than the Vauxhall GT could have ever hoped to be, anyway.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If you're interested in the new Opel GT, be sure to check my blog, with news, road tests, pictures, videos and just about everything related to the 2007 Opel GT.
      http://newopelgt.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/vdp/articleId=116370/pageNumber=1
      Edmunds.com found a major engineering fault with this car: The rear tires rubs the wheel well when you launch the car.
      Better luck fixing it in the 2008 model.
      • 8 Years Ago
      John - your the editor and chief of this "fine" autoblog that I visit far to often, yet you fail to point out the fantastic irony of this story, and this is the type of irony that should smack an auto journalist right in the face, makes me wonder what kinda shop your running there

      the Saturn Sky's design was based on the 2004 Vauxhall VX Lightning concept car, which was originally penned as a replacement for Vauxhall's Lotus inspired VX220 Turbo. So Vauxhall goes out and designs a fanatic looking replacement for the VX220, a car that it worked hard on building a business model for in the first place, a business model stolen by the Solstice, only to have the rug from pulled out from underneath it. I am sure their are some pissed off Vaux executives out there ... oh well ... bad luck

      here's a link to some of VX Lightning pictures and the original press release ... it worth a laugh and this quote is priceless ""The VX Lightning says everything about where Vauxhall is heading." Sure is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow!!

      I love this car, I got to drive this baby when I visit my cousin last summer. how I wish I could buy this baby in the future lol..
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh, and by the way, it's VAUXHALL (at least your journos have no trouble spelling Opel...)
      • 8 Years Ago
      And even stranger is that the UK purchases more cabrio's than the rest of Europe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't think it's a problem, cause by British standards, the car sucks:

      http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,12529-1794313,00.html

      Gotta love Clarkson...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car was draw by GM Advanced Design Studio in Birmingham. The car will be sold under the Vauxhall brand. Thats all
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saturn Sky in the US should do this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      oh yeah, and if it's a "four-door monaro" then it's just a normal HSV, Monaro is reserved for the Coupe's...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, sucks to be a British car enthusist for once. All I got to say about that is, "HA ha! We finaly get something you don't!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Kappa platform was designed only for LHD. They skipped to work on
      a RHD version, since that would have delayed the release and made it
      mandatory for the new cars to follow the new pedestrian protection
      laws.

      Evo magazine wrote about this even before there officially was a Kappa-based Opel GT, so this is old news. (Weird that Auto-express is the source for this since they have the same owners as Evo...)
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