GTC Concept Heralds New Design Era For Vauxhall

Vauxhall GTC Concept

Vauxhall GTC Concept

The world premiere of the GTC Concept at the 77th Geneva Motor Show gives an insight into how dynamic and refreshing Vauxhall and Opel’s new design language will look in the future. “This concept car demonstrates the new interpretation of the brands,” explains Alain Visser, Executive Director, European Marketing. “The GTC Concept embodies the confident, emotional direction we’re taking. Its exciting lines combined with its high driving dynamics and interior flexibility reflect what the brand trademark characteristics will be in the future.”

“You have seen a number of our recent concept cars become reality,” says Hans Demant, Vice President of Engineering for General Motors Europe. “Concepts like the GTC Genève and Antara GTC or the Flex-Fix rear carrier system from the TRIXX previewed their production variants. This car is a confident ambassador for the brand and could play a similar role for us, previewing the engineering and design cues of our next-generation of Vauxhall and Opel products.”

The four-seat coupé is powered by a 300PS, 2.8-litre V6 turbo petrol engine and features an intelligent, electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system, which provides optimum traction and stability as well as excellent agility in all driving conditions.

Interior flexibility, which has become a trademark of the Vauxhall brand, is ensured by the thoughtful “Flex4” system. The backs of both rear seats can be docked separately to the front seats by remote control, creating a spacious three or two-seater with flat load floor and up to 1020 litres of luggage compartment capacity. As with all Vauxhall and Opel cars, the seats do not have to be removed or installed to achieve the changes in interior layout.

Dynamic Design

The GTC Concept reveals the next-generation of Vauxhall and Opel styling. Much as the VX220 did in 1999, or the GTC Genève Concept did in 2003, this car marks a break in the evolution of Vauxhall/Opel’s design language.

Key elements of the silk grey-lacquered Coupé concept car finished with a matt grey paint begin with an aggressive front end emphasised by large aluminium vertical intakes that intersect the headlamps.  These vertical elements are mirrored in the rear exhausts.

The front is highlighted by a prominent, trapezoidal grille with polished aluminium Opel bar and a new bolder badge. The centreline crease coupled with the distinctive aluminium vertical intakes and outboard LED vertical driving lamps visually communicate power and strength.  The distinctive design continues with LED technology, enabling creative headlamp shapes that give a distinctive night time illumination graphic in the front and rear lights.

Another significant design cue of the two-door sport-coupé with its sleek silhouette (length/width/height: 4830/1867/1432 mm, wheelbase: 2737 mm) is the sophisticated bodyside shapes and surfacing. Large flarings hug the aggressive wheel and tyre package. Thanks to the wide track (front/rear: 1627/1629 mm), the GTC Concept provides a commanding stance, planted by 20-inch rims with 245/40 R20 “red line” styled rubber.

The GTC Concept’s rear strategically echoes the design language of the nose with an integrated chrome bar resting on the distinctive rear centre crease. The shape of the LED rear lamps is also recognisable as a Vauxhall/Opel styling cue. The smart exterior shape and aerodynamic characteristics are rewarded by the Cd value of 0.25.

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Published 7 March 2007 Melanie Carter

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