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2013 Opel Monza Concept

     

2013 Opel Monza Concept

The visionary concept car at the Opel stand in Hall 8 shows what people can expect from the Rüsselsheim automaker in the future. Efficiency and connectivity are the two major themes on top of the priority list for development of the next generation of Opel models. These intrinsic values are also visibly expressed with an evolution of Opel's design philosophy of "Sculptural Artistry meets German Precision", in which body contours now convey a new sense of lithe athleticism rather than pure muscle power. (more below)

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Back to the Future with Visionary Opel Concept Cars

Source: Opel | Published: Wed Aug 21, 2013 by Andrew D.

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The Monza Concept is our vision of Opel's future in pure form," says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. "It also continues a long Opel tradition of presenting ground-breaking concept cars at the IAA. After all, Opel was the first carmaker in Europe that built a study and presented it to the public at the IAA in 1965."

Among all European car manufacturers, Opel has the longest tradition of presenting concept cars featuring futuristic and innovative ideas at the Frankfurt Motor Show. There has not been a new concept car from Opel at each IAA, but many of them have been significant milestones expressing or foreseeing new trends. Here's an overview of the most important Opel concept cars that have premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the last five decades.

The Concept Car as a Ground-Breaking Preliminary Stage for Series Production

The first concept car ever came from Opel parent company GM. In 1938 GM Design built the Buick "Y-Job", a vehicle intended not for series production, but rather to stage new technologies and design ideas. While in Europe, only coach builders had so far built and presented futuristic body designs, Opel was the first car manufacturer to demonstrate its innovative power with a concept car that had been entirely created in its own design facilities: This was the Experimental GT that premiered at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1965. The Opel Experimental GT presented the trend-setting concept of an affordable, sporty dream car. It was enthusiastically received by the press and public alike and, just three years later, the concept became reality: The 1968 Opel GT was the first European concept car to go into series production and be a role model for the industry.

But Opel soon went one step further: In 1969 the Rüsselsheim automaker presented the Opel CD at the IAA, a thoroughbred Gran Turismo based on Opel Diplomat technology. This concept was also further developed and ultimately built in low-volume production.

The Opel concept cars of the 1960s were actually so successful that a few years later other European competitors also began to develop and present concept vehicles themselves.

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