2007 Detroit Auto Show: GM Announces North American Debut of Four Global Concepts
DETROIT, MI - December 19, 2006: General Motors announced four global concept vehicles that were unveiled at overseas auto shows will make their North American debut at NAIAS 2007.
The concepts are the: Holden EFIJY; Chevrolet T2X; Chevrolet WTCC; and Open Antara GTC. These four vehicles showcase GM Design’s creative talent from four of GM’s 11 studios around the world, the automaker said.
“Collectively, these concepts represent GM Design’s global vitality, while capturing the spirit of the brands they represent,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “Great design transcends borders, and these award-winning GM concept vehicles are proof of that.”
About the concepts
Unveiled at the 2006 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, the Holden EFIJY is a wild, 21st Century “hot rod,” reincarnating one of Australia’s most famous cars, the FJ Holden. EFIJY is a radical pillarless custom coupe boasting V8 power, a Chevrolet Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology. The ‘Soprano Purple’ paintwork highlights the curvaceous 17-plus-foot body, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden.
Unveiled at the 2005 Seoul Motor Show and developed by the GM Daewoo Design Center in Inchon, Korea, the Chevrolet T2X combines the body of a compact sport-utility vehicle with the exciting design of a sport coupe. Its light silver body has a bold, masculine front with prism-style headlamps. Its taut yet emotional surface is highlighted by a dynamic side character line that rises up toward the rear. With 20-inch wheels that are situated outside the vehicle’s body, the T2X has a very athletic stance.
Chevrolet WTCC Ultra
Unveiled at the 2006 Pairs Motor Show and developed by a global team of GM designers, the Chevrolet WTCC Race Car Concept is the vision of a new generation of touring car – a design icon that bends the present World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) regulations.
Opel Antara GTC
Unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt show, the four-wheel-drive Opel Antara GTC (Gran Turismo Crossover) concept demonstrates just how dynamic and athletic an SUV can actually be. The three-door design shows a particularly sporty interpretation of an SUV. Viewed from the side, attention is captured by the frameless windows that drop right down and contribute to the coupe-like silhouette.