• Sep 8, 2010
2010 Vauxhall GTC Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Vauxhall has beaten the speculating voices of the Internet to the Paris Motor Show punch by pulling the covers off of its GTC Concept well ahead of the main event. According to the company, what you see above is likely to have more than a little influence on the next Astra Sport Hatch. In classic concept style, the GTC rolls on epic 21-inch wheels that aren't likely to find their way to the production version of the car any time soon. That's not to say that this creation is pure fantasy, though.

For one thing, there's a direct-injection, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine snugged under the hood, complete with a functioning start/stop system and a six-speed manual gearbox. That choice of powerplant seems a little too realistic to just be a show-circuit folly, so our guess is that the Astra Sport Hatch will likely boast similar hardware when it hits the road to take on cars like the Volkswagen Scirocco. Hit the jump for the full press release and check out the gallery for a closer look. Vauxhall will show off the GTC Concept in Paris starting on September 30, and we'll be on-hand to give you live shots and impressions of its reveal.

[Source: Vauxhall]

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* Three door Astra-based concept stars on Vauxhall's Paris Show Stand
* Dynamic, sweeping lines make bold statement about Vauxhall's design evolution
* Innovative suspension and drivetrain features hint at performance remit

Luton–These are the first official pictures of Vauxhall's GTC Paris Concept, which gives the strongest hint yet to the Astra Sport Hatch's successor and is set to cause a stir when it receives its debut on September 30 at the Paris Motor Show.

Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel's Vice President of Design, has described the GTC Paris as, 'bold, pure and iconic' in its appearance. Vauxhall has hinted that a production version will not stray far from the rakish lines of the concept, and if the GTC moniker were to be adopted, it would be the first time that a Vauxhall has been so named.

At 4.46 metres, the GTC Paris offers ample space for five people, yet still maintains a svelte and sporting appearance. Adams' team has maximised 'tension' in the design by limiting the amount of lines in the car's profile, and leaving the impression that the car's highlights and surfacing are 'pressed' on to the concept's 21-inch wheels.

Vauxhall's signature blade mimics that on the Insignia and creates a fine, tense crease along the rocker panel. This combines with a second line running from the door handle to the rear of the car, emphasising both a fine undercut and broad shoulder. A third line following the silhouette of the roof is finished in fine brushed aluminium accentuating the window graphic and leads to a sharply accented integrated spoiler.

Slim, eagle-eye shaped headlamps, flanked by LED running lights with chrome surrounds dominate the front of the GTC Paris. A sharp centreline crease runs down the bonnet (a trademark styling cue from Vauxhalls of yore) and leads to a dramatically low trapezoidal grille incorporating a chrome emblem bar.
At the rear, the imposing features of the concept are enhanced with LED tail lights, showcasing a long, stretched 'wing' night time graphic.

Underpinning the GTC Paris is a specially designed chassis with an extra-wide stance. Hinting at the car's power potential is an electronic limited slip differential and an updated version of Vauxhall's FlexRide adaptive damping system. The new Astra's unique compound crank / Watt's link rear suspension provides excellent packaging and secure, driver-focused dynamics.

A four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, with direct petrol injection and Start/Stop technology is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, providing drivers with high levels of performance and fuel efficiency.

More details about the GTC Paris Concept will be revealed before the Paris Motor Show.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank god for Adam Opel & Holden....if it wasn't for them, the General would be in sad shape! It looks like Buick is on the comeback trail selling the European Small & Sporty.

      But am I the only one to notice the Focus /Fiesta kick in the rear side glass and roof spoiler? Elsewise it's pure Opel DNA, and I like it jest fine!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be a new corsa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That will make a nice Buick...not sure how to fit the waterfall grill...would have made a nicer Pontiac.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never liked small cars or hatchbacks, but this is sexy. If they bring this to the states as a Buick I would drive it if the performance is tight. The styling goes well with the new Regal. (By the way I'm 30 yrs old)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to say that new opel/vauxhall line up is getting more and more attractive. Just a few years ago, apart from speedster, they didnt have one desireable car....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Bertone Coupe and Cabrio are pretty elegant for such humble beginnings. I have a Coupe and with the Bertone link and today's throwaway nature, it has made me strive to keep it forever, and have it as some sort of classic in my retirement. If petrol is still being found, that is...

        The ride is absolutely dreadful though. Perfect on smooth roads, but they're increasingly rare in the UK!

        This Astra GTC looks very sharp. I wouldn't say no. I just hope they offer coloured interiors, because the UK line-up for the 5-door has all-black interiors, despite reds and blues being offered by Opel and I like coloured interiors. My Bertone has blue alcantara/suede centres, for example.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Astra Mk3 was pretty good for it's time IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ elmo
        Both astra and vectra OPC, look pretty bad next to competition. The only thing thats good and on-par with competition are engines of those cars, which are quite impressive. If I remember properly, astra's engine has a flat torque curve from below 2k rpm up to 6k;)
        But steering/suspension wise both those cars are pretty weak according to the tests ive read. Also i dont know anyone who is a fan of their styling. With the new ones its a different story, in fact my friend just bought a new insignia;)

        @ Bloke
        I said "a few years ago"
        I actually quite like their cars from the 90s, my friend still drives a Vectra B and its still a decent car. I also liked calibra when it was quite new.(meaning you could actually spot some that werent tuned in some bad bad manner).
        But their more recent line up was much worse imho.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Astra OPC/VXR?
        Vectra VXR?

        Albeit the last 2 are really Australian, but they're still rebadged as Vauxhalls. The VXR500 was a UK only sold model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks are subjective and you don't know the whole population of Europe to know that everybody hates the looks of both. Heck, Top Gear Magazine and the actual presenters themselves said that Vauxhall is the only manufacturer that doesn't (and still does since this was said back during Series 11) have a "minger" in their lineup.

        You've just lost all credibility when you said "according to the tests I've read." Now seeing as you have limited English, I assume you're from Europe. So if you haven't actually driven one, don't comment on their steering and suspension.

        I live in The States, but that doesn't mean I haven't driven an Astra. I test drove a top of the line Saturn Astra which was the trim level equivalent to the GTC. It handles just as good as the Mini Cooper S I test drove the same day. So I'm going to assume the OPC/VXR was only better in the handling department. Well yeah, it kind of was since it held the Fastest FWD Production Car on the Nurburgring for a whole 3 years before the Renaultsport Megane R26.R came along.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ elmo
        Now mate you made me laugh.
        Ive driven the cooper S and its really astonishing.
        Now i havent driven the Astra but i was driven in one on a road on which I quite often drive in my car and it did understeer quite badly at unimpressive speed. I know thats not really an argument, but I hardly care, as I find talking about car handling with a guy claiming Astra drives like a Cooper S really pointless.
        Also if you want to quote Top Gear as an argument, go on and check their comparison between the VXR(which is supposedly better than OPC, because its suspension is tuned by Lotus), Gti and Megane and see what they have to say about Astra's handling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Just a few years ago, apart from speedster, they didnt have one desireable car...."

        You're joking, right? Don't you remember the likes of the Carlton/Omega Lotus from the late 1980's, which was the fastest production 4-door saloon in the world until the e34 BMW M5 debuted? How about the Calibra 4x4 Turbo, or the Astra GSi, or the Vectra VXR since then?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutley love this car! It's awesome. Still, there's no chance i'll buy it as a buick, even if it comes to the states for that matter. Not to mention we most likely won't be getting this. I would of liked the Opel badging and such.
      • 4 Years Ago
      China will probably get it as a Buick and it's vastly better looking than the fish-looking Verano thing GM wants to sell here.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Keep telling yourself it's an Astra because they share interiors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um the Verano IS an Astra. This concept is based on the Astra. We'll most likely get this if we don't get the upcoming Cruze Hatchback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if it comes to the States as a Buick? That would be awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with original poster... Hyundai influences for sure.

        In fact if it had a Hyundai badge, it would look perfectly at home in the current line-up.

        Not sure that’s a good thing. I would prefer it to be a little more chiseled, but still a nice design.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai influences?
        • 4 Years Ago
        so, is it going as an Opel or Vauxhall?

        Inside line reports the lightning bolt is going.

        I dont think they will have 2 red coupes with different badges...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Very nice! nice proportion and subtle character lines. I see alot of mazda and hyundai influences here. good job.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Buick Excelle 3-door sport hatch.

        I honestly hope they change the namr, but still bring over this car. This would do a lot to change Buick's image.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with Aric 124 - with a shade of new Sonata thrown in on those rear side haunches. Fab looking car. I wish the front and rear fascia of the new Mazda 3 were as good looking. I don't see it as a Buick... I have an idea - sell it in GMC dealerships as a GMC Vauxhall - then all they would need is a few extra GMC stickers. Bada bing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys it's an Opel Astra GTC Official . Not a fake Vauxhall or Holden
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it's a GME product. That means it'll wear Vauxhall and Opel badges depending on market. This GTC concept was largely developed at Vauxhall's own UK-based engineering centre.
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