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Imagine the Opel GTC with two extra doors. Thats Opel Vectra, said one GM executive whos seen finished Vectra prototypes. The Vectra will take a radical approach with regard to saloon and hatch versions too theyll be virtually identical in terms of styling, and will share the same side profile. There could be another bonus for the UK too as with Opel Corsa last year, the timing of the new Vectra makes a launch at the 2008 London Motor Show a distinct possibility. GM spokesmen confirmed the production Vectra would not be launched at the 2008 Geneva Show, but its on-sale date of September 2008 would be too early for the Paris Show. A London date in June or July could suit GM down to the ground, and would provide a welcome boost for the UK show.
The new Opel Vectras four-door coupe looks signal a shift in attitude toward Vauxhalls upper medium contender. Whereas Vectra has traditionally been a fleet vehicle, more and more private buyers are choosing the current model, and thats something GM wants to encourage. With the current Vectra, around 30% of buyers are private. With the old Vectra more than 90% of sales were to fleets.
The Opel GTC is powered by a 300bhp, 2.8-litre V6 turbo petrol engine, coupled to a six-speed manual transmission and features an electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system. Its sleek bodywork gives a cD of just 0.25.
Also at Geneva was a hot version of the new Corsa. The VXR version will be priced £15,595 in the UK, undercutting its prime competitor, the Renault Clio 197, when it goes on sale at the end of March. Vauxhall expects to sell 3,500 Corsa VXRs a year and claims it already has orders for 2,000.