| 2013-08-22 | 0 Comments

Opel/Vauxhall’s ground-breaking Monza Concept, the first car to feature cutting-edge LED projection infotainment and an evolution of the Ampera’s revolutionary powertrain, is set for its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Monza_Concept_1The original Monza made its world premiere at the IAA back in 1977: it was a large coupé with a silky smooth-running six-cylinder engine. It went into production as the Vauxhall Royale in the UK, and was sold until 1982.

Monza_Concept_3The design of the 4.69 metre-long Monza Concept’s body sides enables easy entry and egress for front and rear-seat passengers. The expansive doors provide maximum functionality with spectacular views when opening. They swing up like the outstretched wings 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.

Monza_Concept_5The Monza Concept offers the same airy passenger compartment as a mid-size car. The roofline runs in a semi-circular 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 metres, there is neither loss of space in the luggage compartment – 500 litres in volume – nor constrained headroom for the passengers. This is due to the fact that the whole cockpit structure is around 15 centimetres lower than in conventional models.

Monza_Concept_6Efficiency and connectivity are the main focus for development in the next generation of cars. 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 with state-of-the-art LED projection technology. Driver faces a wide, sculpted dashboard that sweeps from door to door, and a total of 18 LED projectors create a continuous, adaptable multi-functional display. Information and decorative elements are displayed in 3D graphics on the single projection surface, which the driver can customise according to his needs, taste or mood.

Monza_Concept_7For the Monza Concept set to be displayed at Frankfurt, 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 Frankfurt – takes over the task as range extender. But it does so with natural gas instead of petrol, further improving the car’s CO2 footprint. With its visionary approach, Opel/Vauxhall continues to combine the potential of electric propulsion with the benefits of the internal combustion engine.

Monza_Concept_2We have a clear vision of how Opel/Vauxhall 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, said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel/Vauxhall CEO. 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.

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