• Opel Revives Monza Name for Frankfurt-Bound Concept, We Want a Skyhawk

9th July 2013

Opel Revives Monza Name for Frankfurt-Bound Concept, We Want a Skyhawk

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Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and the Monza Concept

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and the Monza concept.

Opel launched its original Monza in 1978. It was a futuristic, luxurious hatchback coupe that shared some of its design vocabulary—but no technology—with the handsome, Vega-based Chevrolet Monza of the 1970s. Now, 36 years later, GM’s German arm will use September’s Frankfurt auto show to launch a Monza concept that “will have a long-term impact on the next generation of Opel models,” according to brand CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.

So far, just two teaser images have been released showing the car’s front end, and they don’t reveal earth-shattering changes to Opel’s styling language, which has simply been refined. The center crease on the hood, a vintage Opel element long since copied by other carmakers, is even more prominent, and the grille and headlights take on the appearance of wings.

Original Opel Monza

The original Opel Monza.

More interesting is that the Monza concept hints at a possible production model. It would stand on the rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform that underpins the Cadillac ATS, the third-generation CTS, and the next-generation Chevy Camaro. And given that Opel and Buick are sister brands, it could actually be offered on the U.S. market with a tri-shield badge. A Monza by Buick? Hell yeah—Skyhawk revival!

Opel Moza Concept Head-On

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