All GM is saying at this point is that the experimental prototype will be driver-focused. Which sounds good, but we'll reserve any sort of judgement until we know a little more. Or really, until we know anything.
The secretive show car will join the Astra GTC three-door hatch and Zafira Tourer minivan, which also make their production debuts, on the twin companies' show stand. Joining them as well will be the Ampera – the European cousin of the Chevy Volt – that is nearing its market debut, and seven vehicles equipped with the EcoFLEX family of frugal engines.
Follow the jump for the full press release, and watch this space for more info on what form that concept car might take as the show approaches.
- Experimental vehicle to be unveiled at Frankfurt Show
- World debuts of Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer
- Production version of Ampera ready for European retail launch
- First showing of seven new ecoFLEX models
Luton – Vauxhall is set to unveil two new cars at this year's Frankfurt Show (September 15-25) in addition to the surprise debut of an experimental car that will emphasise the company's passion for driver-focused vehicles.
The Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer will each receive their world debuts on Opel/Vauhall's all-new show stand in Hall 8, with the press conference taking place at 9.45am on September 13.
But Vauxhall's headline story will be an experimental vehicle which explores a new interpretation of 'driving fun'. More details will follow, but the car promises to wow the press and public with its level of innovation.
As well as the three unveils, Vauxhall will be showing a series production Ampera – the first electric vehicle in Europe suitable for everyday use – which is soon to appear in European showrooms.
Vauxhall's fuel efficient vehicles with conventional powertrains will be also represented by a raft of new ecoFLEX models from a variety of model-lines.
Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer take centre stage for the first time
The new Astra GTC's rakish design has already won it praise from press and public alike. And with its bespoke high-performance front suspension (HiPerStrut), the GTC has the dynamic performance to match its stunning looks. At launch, a range of petrol and diesel engines with outputs between 120PS and 180PS will be available to order before the car hits UK showrooms later this year.
Defining new levels of interior quality and space in the MPV sector, the new Zafira Tourer has a completely re-designed Flex7 seating system, innovative technologies and fine driving dynamics to complement its range of new engines. The Zafira Tourer will reach UK showrooms early in 2012.
Electric Ampera heads towards European market launch
Vauxhall's Ampera is the first electric vehicle from a European manufacturer to do away with the range anxiety which so often blights electric cars. It fits perfectly into this year's Frankfurt Show slogan: 'Future comes as standard'. A 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds the 150PS electric drive unit. Depending on driving technique, terrain and temperature, it delivers between 25-50 miles of electric operation with zero emissions – ample for a vast majority of UK commutes. But thanks to a clever range-extender, the Ampera can travel for more than 300 miles on electric power without needing to stop at a filling station or to re-charge.
Seven new ecoFLEX models from Agila to Insignia
Vauxhall's ecoFLEX range is already renowned for combining exceptional fuel consumption with hardly any sacrifice in performance. But now the bar has been raised even higher with the launch of seven new derivatives across four ranges: the Agila 1.0 petrol (109g/km), Meriva 1.3 CDTi (109g/km), Astra 1.7 CDTi (99g/km), Insignia 1.4 Turbo petrol (134g/km) and Insignia 2.0 CDTi (115g/km) – as well as ecoFLEX versions of the Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer.