Vauxhall previews high-tech Monza Concept
By C.C. Weiss
July 8, 2013
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, UK-based General Motors subsidiary Vauxhall will reveal a concept that it promises will be forward-looking and groundbreaking. The Monza Concept will preview the future of the brand, including connectivity that represents a "quantum leap in the development of infotainment systems."
The Monza Concept borrows its name from the original Monza, manufactured by Vauxhall's sister company Opel in the late 70s. The Monza's Vauxhall equivalent was the Royale, and the two cars served as the launch bed for the digital dashboard.
Likewise, the Monza Concept packs the latest advances in in-vehicle technology. Vauxhall has yet to detail exactly what those technologies are, but teases that they will show how its cars will "address the needs of a more closely connected and communications-savvy society," enabling "future individual mobility that’s more than simply a driving experience alone." That sounds like next-generation communications, social media and infotainment hardware to us, and perhaps even car-to-car communications.
"I can’t yet go into detail about how the Monza Concept’s interior design – and especially its trend-setting technologies – will change the driving experience," says Vauxhall/Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann. "However, I can guarantee that viewed from any angle, its innovative body design and perfect proportions will turn heads. But they are just a visible expression of the great substance you will find under the bodywork."
In addition to connectivity, the Monza Concept is designed around a second driving theme: efficiency. Vauxhall says that the concept combines a "groundbreaking powertrain," efficiency-optimizing materials and build, and aerodynamics. While it doesn't delve into any further details, at least one aspect of the engineering is obvious in the preview photos – the Monza's large air scoops are sure to suck in plenty of air as the car drives forward.
We're not sure if those front gapes will be recreated on Vauxhall's production line, but the overall styling is a preview of what's to come. Vauxhall calls it an evolution of its "sculptural artistry meets technical precision" paradigm, an evolution that leans more lithely athletic than brutally muscular. The styling includes a low stance, three-dimensional hood crease and sharp headlamps.
We'll find out more about this one at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens to the press on September 10.