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  • The Opel Monza concept resurrects a nameplate that's been dormant for the better part of 30 years — 27 if you want to be precise — but it's an.

    Concept cars have always served the purpose of introducing to the public the future styling direction an automaker has in store for its next ().

    The Opel Monza concept is a promising sign of life from GM's ailing German subsidiary. Read more and see photos at Car and Driver.

    The concept car concept is translated as "the idea of a car". This is a kind of prototype car, which tests people's reactions to new technologies being introduced, design solutions, etc. In its original form, prototypes are never launched into mass production.

    Opel monza concept

    Opel monza concept

    In retrospect, the Junior can be considered the forerunner of the current individualization champion and chic urban car ADAM. However, being a coupe, it was rather large, and four well-sized adults had plenty of space. It handled quite well, thanks to the newly developed MacPherson strut system for the front of the car, as used on the Rekord E1 and E2, and the new previously Opel had always used a non-independent rear axle on the Rekord E1 and E2, Manta, Ascona etc. 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. The car was big without being hugely luxurious.

    Opel monza concept

    Opel monza concept

    Opel monza concept

    Opel monza concept

    Opel monza concept

    Meet the Designers: Opel Monza Concept

    The Opel Monza is an executive fastback coupe produced by the German automaker Opel from to Work began in and in the first Monzas were available to buy. But what Opel hadn't realized was that the old ways were too old. The car was big without being hugely luxurious. This did not mean that the Monza was not comfortable. There was plenty of space inside the car, and the enormous seats left you with a feeling of sitting in a much more upmarket brand than Opel.

    But the internals consisted of parts mainly borrowed from the Rekord E1 and later the E2, which meant cloth seats, and lots and lots of plastic on the dashboard and inner doors. Even the rev counter and the tachometer was taken directly from the Rekord E models, so that when you sat in one, the feeling was not that you drove a Monza, but more that you where driving a Rekord. If that wasn't enough trouble for Opel, they also experienced gearbox problems.

    Opel monza concept

    The engine range for the Monza A1 was the 3. The 3-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission from the Commodore range needed to be modified to cope with the new and improved power outputs. Opel's own 4-speed manual gearboxes were not up to the job and, instead of putting in a more modern 5-speed manual gearbox, Opel turned to gearbox and transmission producer Getrag , and installed the Getrag 4-speed manual gearbox in the early Monzas.

    The Monza, however, sharing the same layout as the Senator A1, had very good driving abilities. It handled quite well, thanks to the newly developed MacPherson strut system for the front of the car, as used on the Rekord E1 and E2, and the new previously Opel had always used a non-independent rear axle on the Rekord E1 and E2, Manta, Ascona etc.

    Opel monza concept

    The engine range, however non-economical, was also very good, and few problems with the extremely reliable engines, even today, some 30 years later. The 6-cylinder engines where all of the CIH type camshaft in head and were in reality a 2. Many parts on the engine, such as the water pump and drive train, are in fact the same parts as used on the 4-cylinder version.

    This meant that this was an engine not only tested for many years in the Commodore, Admiral and Diplomat range, but also very reliable. Although the first generation of 3. When Opel realized that the public disliked the Rekord interior, they introduced the "C" package. The "C" cars where fitted with extra instruments oil pressure, voltmeter etc. As all parts of the interior were colored, it seemed more luxurious than it did previously.

    The A1 also came with a sports package or "S" package. However, being a coupe, it was rather large, and four well-sized adults had plenty of space. Even the boot was extremely large, and if that was not enough people had the possibility to flip down the rear seats to make even more space. The A1 was not a great hit at the customers even though it was fairly cheap to buy, the class of the car taken in consideration, and the fact that it actually got some good reviews by the press. The A2 looked similar to the A1 overall but with some meagre changes to the front end.

    Opel monza concept

    The headlights noticeably increased in size, and the front was more streamlined than that of the A1. The car was much more slippery, with drag resistance down by around ten percent from 0. The bumpers were now made of plastic and gave the Monza the look of a sports car in appearance, and actually did look like similar to the Opel Manta, despite the ample size difference.

    The rear lights were the same and the orange front indicators were now with clear glass, giving a much more modern look to the car. Overall the update was regarded as successful although retrospectively some of the purity of the lines of the early car were lost. At a time of rising fuel prices, the need for fuel efficiency was becoming paramount, and Opel decided to change the engine specifications of the Monza. This meant introducing both the inline four-cylinder CIH 2. The cars now came with more luxurious interior, electrically controlled side mirrors and even an on-board computer, recording fuel consumption, speed and range.

    Opel Monza Concept on Hungaroring 17.05.2014



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