The Monza name has quite the heritage behind it. The original Opel Monza, or Vauxhall Royale Coupe in the UK, first arrived in 1978 armed with four-cylinder and V6 engines under the hood. The car has become a bit of a cult-classic icon and, according to GoAuto, it’s poised for a return. And not just for Europe.
The publication reports Opel has trademarked the “Monza” name internationally, including in Australia. This fuels speculation that a coupe variant of the upcoming 2018 Insignia, Commodore and Regal program is well under development with plenty of input from GM Australia’s Melbourne-based design team.
Why a coupe? Because it’s already known the sedan will be imported as the next-generation Holden Commodore after local production ceases in late 2017, meaning, the Monza name will be applied to something else.
According to the document, acceptance is due this coming December to ensure rights for the name.
The 2018 Opel Insignia, based around General Motors E2xx front-wheel and all-wheel drive architecture, will already have plenty of styling influence from the 2013 Opel Monza concept shown in Frankfurt, and a coupe would sit quite well with the nearly confirmed wagon variant also forthcoming.
Although the Monaro name would seem more fitting for a Commodore coupe, we’re hoping that is being shelved until a proper right-hand drive program for the Camaro comes to fruition. And, as we await more information on Holden’s promised rear-wheel V8 sports car, a Holden Monza coupe will certainly tide us over.