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Ever since Opel lifted the covers off the stylish GTC Concept back in 2007, there have been rumors flying throughout the internet and the media about a production version of the study that would essentially replace the Vectra-based Calibra of the 1990s.
And while many (yours truly included) may support that an Astra-based sports coupe sounds like a more reasonable and lucrative proposal for Opel, Car Magazine has returned with an update on the Calibra II / GTC Concept story.
The report claims that the four-seater coupe is still under consideration but if it gets the final okay, it could go on sale as early as 2013, which sounds plausible given that the car would be more or less a two-door version of the Opel Insignia (sold in the U.S. as the 2011 Buick Regal).
It is said that in order for GM to start making a profit off the Calibra's spiritual successor, Opel and its Vauxhall partner will need to build a minimum of 30,000 units a year, and yes, that's where Buick kicks in.
"We would feel a lot more confident about some of these projects if Buick, Chevrolet in North and South America and Saab were sharing volumes and risk," an unnamed GM Europe source told the magazine. Of course, since Saab is no longer a part of GM, we're assuming that this statement must have been made either in the beginning of 2010 or last year...
In any case, if (and that's a big 'if') GM does greenlight the Insignia coupe project, chances are that the two door model will be sold in the U.S. as a Buick alongside the Regal saloon.
2012 Opel Enigma Concept
It's no secret that Opel and sister company Vauxhall are currently
weathering a severe crisis with rumors of plant closures both in Germany
and the UK as the economic turmoil across Europe is taking its toll on most
That said, any plans Opel might have had for a two-door coupe will most
likely be put on ice for the time being if not canned altogether.
But it never hurts to imagine what a sporty coupe with an Opel (or
Vauxhall) badge would look like. Enter the world of an old acquaintance of
ours, designer David Cardoso, who sent Carscoop these renderings of the
Opel Enigma concept study.
The GT coupe model was designed to use the rear-wheel drive platform of the
Chevrolet Camaro, but
we'll let Dave do the rest of the talking on the Enigma:
"The Opel Enigma is a sporty 4-seat coupe based on the platform of the
Chevrolet Camaro. This
concept could be considered as an Insignia coupe, but I would rather see it
as the new "Calibra". The rear is inspired by the Insignia, while the side
and front have design features of the Astra GTC and the Flextreme concept."
► Opel Zafira Tourer Concept INTERIOR - GENEVA 2011
In Geneva, Opel will present the vision of what a new generation of its
larger monocab, the segment-defining Zafira, could look like. Dubbed a
"Lounge On Wheels", the Zafira Tourer Concept features an airy and bright
interior executed in high quality. Opel's new concept car offers highest
possible cabin flexibility to meet most needs for space, with a great
emphasis on rear passenger seats. The cabin is also generously glazed to
invite light, enhance the feeling of wellness and a peaceful openness to
the outside world.