It’s been a few days since Opel unveiled the Karl (ditto for the Vauxhall Viva), which General Motors feels will set new standards in its class in Europe and elsewhere. But it’s time to raise the curtain again, this time with Opel‘s Vice President of Design, Mark Adams, in his own words.
Adams and his team had the task of creating a bold personality for a vehicle with the size of the Karl’s 11.8-foot footprint. What’s noticeable first is the strong central grille with the Opel “Blitz” surrounded by chrome signature “wings” common with other Opels in the portfolio. “Sculptural artistry meets German precision” was the design philosophy, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the headlights, which impart a “high-value equation to the customer.”
Moving to the side, the tapering roofline and window-line gives a sense of balance that make the Karl appear dynamic and sporty in a segment that often doesn’t exhibit those qualities. The signature lower blade helps give the Karl some movement and dynamism – very import for this category of car, according to Adams.
Out back, the design of the rear window, among other things, help the Opel Karl appear like it’s resting on its rear haunches to give it that springing forward look.