Opel has a handful of debuts hitting the stage at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the most significant is the sleek Monza Concept. Reviving the Monza name, Opel says this concept will inspire future models for the brand, but between the styling, technology and powertrain, it isn't clear which of these will make it to production. We're hoping for all of the above.

From a styling standpoint, the Monza Concept blends the look of a coupe and shooting brake. The front end of the car is defined by its LED headlights, the low grille and its long hood. In profile, Opel's signature hockey stick body crease is obvious, but this is also the cut line for the large gullwing doors, which when open make the Monza look like it is ready to take flight.

The doors also provide a wide opening through which to view the cabin's 2+2 seating configuration. The crown jewel of the interior – and perhaps the whole car – is the instrument panel. Spanning the entire dash is an LED projection display for the car's infotainment system.

Finishing off the Monza Concept is a next-gen possibility for General Motors' Voltec powertain. Like current Voltec products, the Monza Concept is an electric vehicle, but the range-extending engine in this case is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder natural gas engine. Scroll down for more information about Opel's latest concept.
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Monza Concept: This Is Opel Tomorrow

-Visionary: Monza Concept gives outlook for Opel brand strategy at IAA
-Efficient: Perfect use of space, lightweight design, innovative powertrains
-Connected: Revolutionary infotainment with LED projection technology
-Inspiring: Monza Concept shows new interpretation of sculptural Opel design


Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. A light, athletic look outside, unique projection technology inside combined with custom connectivity and modular design that enables sustainable propulsion systems par excellence – the Opel Monza Concept is stylish, ultra-modern efficiency on four wheels. It is the role-model for the next generation of Opel cars. The groundbreaking concept car makes its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt (September 12 - 22, 2013) and shows what people can expect from Opel in the future.

"The Monza Concept represents the Opel car of tomorrow", says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. "On one hand, it embodies everything that already characterizes Opel – German precision combined with innovative technologies wrapped in captivating design. In addition, it addresses the themes that will be the development-focus of the next generation of Opel cars: maximum connectivity and optimum efficiency."

"Connectivity is demonstrated by a trailblazing LED projection technology for instrument and infotainment displays. Efficiency comes in many ways, with lightweight design, optimal use of interior space, and advanced powertrain technology. The Monza Concept is based on increasing electrification of the automobile in everyday driving, from range-extender to fuel cell. And as far as styling is concerned, we are expressing pure efficiency in a new, lean and athletic interpretation of our typical sculptural shapes. The Opel Monza Concept is nothing less than our vision of the automotive future."

Lightness: Styling conveys athletic efficiency rather than pure muscle power

An Opel Monza already made its world premiere at the IAA back in 1977: it was a large coupé with a silky smooth-running six-cylinder engine. The Monza was in production until 1986 and has long since belonged to the elite circle of iconic cars. The new Monza Concept now follows in its wheel-tracks: The beautifully shaped hood with the distinctive center fold continues the tradition of the Monza front with the typical Opel crease. The large boomerang shaped air intakes in front of the wheel arches complement the elegant chrome bar that proudly holds the brand logo.

With the Monza Concept, the designers in Mark Adams' team introduce a new interpretation of the sculptural design that first went into production with the Insignia. Selected distinctive lines, high-precision design and perfect sweeping contours remain the core of the evolving design philosophy called 'sculptural artistry meets German precision.' But a new, athletic allure demonstrates the car's overall efficiency. "This is the next bold step along our journey into the future, but at the same time we show that we have established a consistent design in which people can build trust", says Mark Adams, Head of Opel Design.

The sculptural surfaces of the 4.69 meter-long, four seat Monza Concept are modeled after ocean waves lapping on the shore. These flowing surfaces give a look of lightness, dramatically underlined by the side-sills that taper off in front of the rear wheel arches. This unique styling element is inspired by the lean physique and slim waist of a greyhound dog, running as if on tip-toes with powerful elegance. The design of the Monza Concept's body sides enables easy entry and egress for front and rear-seat passengers, while underscoring the prominent, sporty rear wheel arches, which share the same width as the front.

The Monza Concept's roof line is particularly sophisticated – at first it runs in a semicircular form like a classic coupé's, but then just before reaching the tailgate it sweeps slightly upwards. In spite of its sporty look and flat silhouette with a height of just 1.31 meters, there is neither loss of space in the luggage compartment – 500 liters in volume – nor constrained headroom for the passengers. This is due to the fact that the whole cockpit structure is around 15 centimeters lower than in conventional models. Actually, the Monza Concept offers the same airy passenger compartment as a mid-size car.

The expansive doors provide maximum functionality with spectacular views when opening. They swing up like the outstretched wings of a condor and offer an unobstructed view of the spacious, open passenger cabin (or the surroundings from the inside) thanks to the absence of a B-pillar.

Connectivity: Efficient and well-connected into the automotive future

Efficiency and connectivity are the main focus of development in focus for next generation of Opel models. The Monza Concept offers a fascinating preview of these developments. Once behind the wheel, the Monza Concept whisks you away into a completely new and unique world of instruments and infotainment. The original Monza was also way ahead of its time 35 years ago with a digital display in the cockpit.

The Monza Concept continues innovating with state-of-the-art LED projection technology. Drivers no longer find the conventional individual, separate monitors that display different information; instead, they face a wide, sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door, and is used as a single projection surface. Information and decorative elements are displayed on the surface, which the driver can customize according to his needs, taste or mood. A total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display. This is a world premiere in an automobile. Already established in the events arena, this technology has caused a sensation at major occasions such as Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee, and Opel designers were first to think of implementing it in a passenger car. The 3D graphics are impressive, and reflect all important functions from precise vehicle and driver information to internet and communication options as well as decorative elements. Both the area displaying information and the background can be individually configured, and operation is via voice control and steering wheel controls.

Efficiency and clarity are also priorities here: when it came to how the displays present information, Opel engineers focused on the best and most personal way to make relevant data available to the driver. The approach was "simplifying the multitude" and so details on the car, the navigation and the smartphone settings and connection only appear when necessary or desired. So drivers can use a wide range of information without being overwhelmed by text or images. This also makes the Monza Concept a model of future HMI (Human-Machine-Interface) systems, as its interior design is based on latest research findings in this field.

This also applies to the comprehensive smartphone connectivity in the Monza Concept. With three worlds of connectivity – called ME, US and ALL – drivers can focus solely on their driving experience, or get in touch with friends and family or even connect to the whole internet community. With ME the infotainment system virtually disconnects the drivers' smartphone and prioritizes the information relevant for the driving experience. US enables the passengers of the Monza Concept to connect with a group of selected people such as friends and family members: these can log-in to the car's infotainment system with their own communication device and exchange information, music and images, chat and make appointments, etc. ALL goes beyond US. It allows the driver and virtually the whole outside world to connect. Drivers can for example spontaneously share their planned route online over a tablet or smartphone so that people can catch a ride with them along the way – enabling a new kind of instant car-sharing. With this trailblazing infotainment and connectivity technology, the Monza Concept shows how far ahead Opel designers and engineers are thinking, so that the next generation of cars make their contribution to a harmonious, connected society

The trendsetting sensor and connectivity technology in the Monza Concept has even more to offer: it gives a preview of the advancements in "Car-to-Car" and "Car-to-X" systems – prerequisites for future autonomous driving and areas in which the research department at Opel is already intensively working. By comprehensively connecting road users, intercommunication can be enhanced, as can safety, because dangerous traffic situations are registered earlier and more accurately than before.

Flexibility: Modular design for powertrain-diversity

The Monza Concept is based on a modular design to allow highest-possible flexibility when selecting a propulsion system. A variety of sustainable powertrains based on increasing electrification of the automobile are conceivable. For the Monza Concept to be displayed at the Frankfurt show, engineers conceived an electric drive with a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) range extender – a further development of the Ampera's pioneering technology. The new-generation three-cylinder 1.0 SIDI turbo – which also makes its premiere at the IAA – takes over the task as range extender. But it does so with natural gas instead of gasoline, further improving the car's CO2 footprint. With its visionary approach, Opel continues to combine the potential of electric propulsion with the benefits of the internal combustion engine.

"We have a clear vision of how Opel cars will be in the future, and we have a clear strategy of how we will achieve this goal. The Monza Concept gives this strategy an unmistakable identity," says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. "It embodies what our customers can expect from us within the next years; not only in terms of design, but also in terms of efficiency and connectivity between drivers and the internet community. So it already anticipates future everyday automotive life, and serves as an important source of inspiration on the road to that destination – and not just for Opel."


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      Merk
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should export this to the US.. Looks bold and stylish and pretty original. It'll keep the European plants humming also. The big question will be US safety regs and currencies.
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like they've taken a few design cues from Mazda, and that's not a bad thing.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Narom
        nobody take anything from mazda, it just look similar.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          and I can say mazda take sytling clues from infiniti essence, that came 1 year before the shir* concept with kodo design language, but they did not, they only look similar.
      Suzq044
      • 1 Year Ago
      You're probably looking at an upcoming Buick right there. o.O
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is some crazy underbody aerodynamics on that thing. Be interesting if some of that made it to production.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow this car look better than the preview, awesome actually.
      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Based just on the front end, I would have guessed this was a Mazda, not Opel. Maybe that is a good thing.
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's something comical about a range extending option, who's fuel source is even harder to find than EV fast chargers.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        Its the engineers that think "hybrid" is the trendy thing, so they think talking about fuel cells and natural gas makes them the cool rebels in industry. Like the pig headed brands that shun electric cars in favor of more powerful gas engines. Its why a Tesla Model S, that isn't a sports car, out speeds the big powerful Vanquish.
        StevieJacks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SublimeKnight
        It's a concept. Not very sublime.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda finally redesigned their grills to get away from the smiling faces, and now Opel copies them.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick
        and if you was payiny attention, somebody could say mazda also copied the grill from someone else, but neither mazda or opel copied, they only have similarites.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Knock knock,...Its Acura!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is just a 2010 Flextream with another grill and darker color,look on the files here at this site......all this years and nothing really good came out of Opel,wow VW need to buy this company and put real car guys to make it better,Please Dr. Mr. Piech!
      Proghog
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this becomes a Buick I sure hope it doesn't get that horrible grill they put on every car and CUV.
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