Updated: Opel’s manager of international product and brand communications, Jean-Philippe Kempf, told CarAdvice that the Opel GT concept was proudly built here in Australia alongside the Australian design department.
“As a matter of fact, our Design studio in Melbourne has built the car, as they have already done for a few other GM concept cars,” he said.
“There is an excellent team in the design department and there are excellent people in the workshops, so our Design facility in Melbourne produces Design models of very, very high quality.”
The release of Opel’s GT Concept car came as much of a surprise as the location photographs of the sleek car were shot — at Holden’s Melbourne factory and headquarters.
While the General Motors Holden facility is for sale at the moment, it’s quite clear that images of the Opel GT Concept were shot within the Port Melbourne facility’s grounds, with clear shots of its abandoned factory space in the background.
Holden spokesperson Sean Poppit refused to comment on the Opel GT Concept, only to say that more information would be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
Despite the lack of confirmation, it’s understood that the one-off concept car was designed in Europe, but built and photographed in Australia.
It would be farfetched to assume that Australia’s involvement is limited to just building the concept car.
We hope to have more information shortly about how Holden was involved and what resources were used in the design and development of the concept.
The two-door Mazda MX-5 rivalling concept coupe is powered by an aluminium turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that sends drive to the rear and produces 107kW of power and 245Nm of torque.
The engine in those bodies is capable of a 0-100km/h time of less than eight seconds.
It’s a pretty cool looking car, with Opel expected to use the Geneva motor show as a test bed for reaction and customer feedback. There are currently no plans to put the vehicle into production.