Opel/Vauxhall said its GT Concept that will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show is unlikely to go into production.
Opel released images earlier this week of the small sports coupe ahead of the concept's Geneva debut on March 3. The concept showcases the General Motors division’s desire to bring more emotional appeal to its European range, Opel said in a statement.
Opel refuted reports in the German motoring press that the concept previews a modern version of its GT roadster that was sold from 1963 to 1978. The reports said Opel is considering introducing a roadster as an image booster for the brand that could be launched in 2017 or 2018 based on the new Astra.
The GT Concept is “purely a concept study to show off innovations that may one day be found in an Opel production car,” a spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
“We will wait and see what the reaction is, but this is a niche segment that is shrinking in size. We would have to look at that very closely, but even if we were to decide in favor of building the car, it is certainly nothing that could already be on the market next year or the year after that,” the spokesman said.
The GT Concept’s styling builds on Opel’s ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German precision’ design language, the company’s head of design Mark Adams said in the statement.
The look was first seen on the Insignia midsize car launched in 2008 and updated for the larger Monza coupe concept shown in 2013. “It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations,” Adams said of the GT.
The concept’s look with its long hood and cut-off trunk was influenced in part by Opel’s 1965 Experimental GT concept, Adams said. Like that car, the 2016 concept is front-engined and rear-wheel-drive.