Next Corsa set to usher in ‘pure and bold’ grille and lights design
Steve Cropley Autocar
1 August 2018

Vauxhall and Opel cars will get a new, very different and all-encompassing grille and lights design, to underscore their move to the PSA Group and mark their new independence from former owner General Motors. The design is to be showcased on a concept named Vauxhall GT X Experimental, which the brand is in the process of revealing, ahead of a full unveil later this year.

The concept, described by Vauxhall as 'daring', is pitched at the mid-2020s. Its frontal treatment, dubbed Vizor, has been created in the Vauxhall-Opel design centre at Rüsselsheim and replaces a style regarded for some time as too conventional. The move aims to match the frontal treatments on future cars with the ‘pure and bold’ shapes PSA believes it has already adopted for its most modern designs.

 

 

The Vizor grille is likely to appear in production for the first time on the all-new Vauxhall Corsa when it moves to PSA’s small-car platform for 2019. The new look will be displayed for the first time on a highly significant concept that’s under final development. Due to be revealed in the autumn, but not at the Paris motor show, the concept incorporates many design influences from the recent GT Concept coupé.

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Vizor is the result of early brainstorming sessions that subsequently drew submissions from Vauxhall-Opel’s entire design department, according to design boss Mark Adams.

It incorporates what Adams calls “the compass”, a cruciform layout formed in the horizontal plane by high- tech, wing-style headlights (a Vauxhall-Opel tradition since the Insignia appeared in 2008) and vertically by the marques’ traditional bonnet and front spoiler centre crease, with a round Opel or Vauxhall badge at its epicentre.

Adams describes the Vizor project as “liberating”, since it means the Anglo-German brands need no longer preserve a relationship with Buick, which has disparate buyers in China and the US, as well as Europe. The marques are improving and “sharpening” other aspects of their image to mark the fact.

“Our vision for Vauxhall and Opel cars lacked one thing: a unique face,” explained Adams. “Up to now, our grille proportions have been too conventional, with an aspect ratio too similar to that of other brands. We wanted a face that worked just for us, and now we have it.”

The design of the Vizor grille is accompanied by the creation of an all-glass fascia panel, dubbed Pure Panel, which carries clear design influences from the Vizor frontal treatment but with different proportions.

“We’ve incorporated all the technology the modern driver needs,” says Adams, “but in a simple way. We’ve tried to ditch complexity and amplify the ‘pure’ theme we want in our designs. This is digital detoxing for cars.”

Work on Vauxhall-Opel’s new interior and exterior treatments was presented to PSA chief Carlos Tavares last December. Once the winning themes were chosen, much work was done to make sure they could function in many different iterations and could be adapted to different vehicle styles and duties. 

New nose shapes the future:

Design boss Mark Adams’ remark that designing a new grille and nose is “liberating” is an important guide to its deep significance to the future of Vauxhall and Opel.

Adams has loyally overseen the creation of designs that, looking back, have had an enormous task: to seem home-grown in Britain, Germany, America and China at the same time. The new Vizor face willcarry the same modernity Adams’ designers have steadily brought to the rest of their cars’ shapes. No one is saying when we’ll see the new nose, but it’s hard to see the all-important Corsa (due next year) missing out.

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11 July 2018

So why bother with two brands when effectively there is one? 

And what on Earth is “digital detoxing”?  Sounds like PSA has no more idea about what it’s doing than the previous owner. 

Still, the styling is one thing, but I can’t wait to see how PSA will tackle the mechanical make up of the next Corsa. Will it be just a Peugeot 108 clone, or will it continue with existing Vauxhall Opel powertrains? 

 

 

11 July 2018
LP in Brighton wrote:

So why bother with two brands when effectively there is one? 

And what on Earth is “digital detoxing”?  Sounds like PSA has no more idea about what it’s doing than the previous owner. 

Still, the styling is one thing, but I can’t wait to see how PSA will tackle the mechanical make up of the next Corsa. Will it be just a Peugeot 108 clone, or will it continue with existing Vauxhall Opel powertrains? 

 

 

Read the article again. Third paragraph . . "New Corsa will move to PSA platform . . ".

That MUST include PSA power trains - with all the benefits of "economies of scale" within PSA manufacturing.

Otherwise, why bother with all the expense of engineering the PSA platform to accept GM mechanicals?

11 July 2018
LP in Brighton wrote:

So why bother with two brands when effectively there is one? 

Fully agree. Opel have been foisting their crap on Vauxhall for two long. They need to drop the Opel name and use Vauxhall in Europe to get some credibility back.

:-)

11 July 2018
Straff wrote:

LP in Brighton wrote:

So why bother with two brands when effectively there is one? 

Fully agree. Opel have been foisting their crap on Vauxhall for two long. They need to drop the Opel name and use Vauxhall in Europe to get some credibility back.

:-)

And spend a shed load of money advertising Vauxhall in Europe cos no one there has heard of it, something that would make zero busimness sense when everyone in Europe knows Opel. Plus both Vauxhall and Opel have been crap for years so neither brand has any credibility.

XXXX just went POP.

11 July 2018

But on the subject of A class cars, it will be interesting to see what Vauxhall Opel does next given the apparent lack of success of its current offerings (Adam and Viva) and the obvious econoy of introducing a fourth Citroen C1 / 108 / Aygo clone?  

11 July 2018
LP in Brighton wrote:

So why bother with two brands when effectively there is one? 

And what on Earth is “digital detoxing”?  Sounds like PSA has no more idea about what it’s doing than the previous owner. 

Still, the styling is one thing, but I can’t wait to see how PSA will tackle the mechanical make up of the next Corsa. Will it be just a Peugeot 108 clone, or will it continue with existing Vauxhall Opel powertrains? 

 

 

Why bother with 2 brands ? Cos Opel isnt known by the wider public in the UK and its only changing a couple of badges.

The Corsa wont be a 106 clone - the 106 is a) smaller than the Corsa, b) its a Toyota based design and c) it will use a PSA platform and engines as has been widely reported.

XXXX just went POP.

1 August 2018
typos1 wrote:

The Corsa wont be a 106 clone - the 106 is a) smaller than the Corsa, b) its a Toyota based design and c) it will use a PSA platform and engines as has been widely reported.

I would like to think so - the 106 was introduced in 1991!

(and it's pure PSA, not Toyota)

11 July 2018

Because Brits are a bit nationalistic and they want to take back control... sorry, they want to buy a British brand.

12 July 2018
LP in Brighton wrote:

So why bother with two brands when effectively there is one? 

Vauxhall is the right hand drive version of Opel. Why change? If the name is changed, people, not necessarily drunk, may drive in UK roads in the right lane, the wrong lane.

12 July 2018
sabre wrote:

Vauxhall is the right hand drive version of Opel.

No, it is the UK version of Opel.

Great Britain is not the only place where they drive on the left, and where Opel cars are marketed. Ireland is one case, then within the EU also Malta and Cyprus, then South Africa and surroundings and Singapore. Also Australia and New Zealand, but there Opels cover themselves as Holdens.

BTW, I recently found out that 35% of humanity live in countries where the cars have to drive on the left side of the road. Most of them have been British colonies. Exception: Japan, and maybe to some extent at least, Thailand.

 

 

 

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