Creative people find creative solutions to hurdles that are placed their way. What do automakers do when the hurdles are being set up by the government? Opel/Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams has some opinions on the matter.
“In the last five to 10 years designing cars has gotten a hell of a lot tougher,” Adams told the Automotive News Europe Congress in Brussels. Demands for tougher carbon dioxide and pedestrian protection rules mean General Motors must design vehicles with better aerodynamics and reduced weight, among other things.
Inspiration for future Opel products comes from Formula One, whose rules constantly are changing to limit the speed of their cars, yet the engineers constantly find a way to make their cars faster. Adams wants his team to have the same problem-solving attitude when facing regulatory challenges.
Adams feels the Monza concept car is the perfect example how Opel/Vauxhall uses creativity to counteract those regulatory hurdles without compromising design and styling. “The Monza is the vision for five, six, seven years ahead … I like the challenge of bringing as much of the Monza into production as I can.”
Adams told the Congress that the first models to show Monza influence will arrive within the next couple of years.