Vauxhall Boss Tim Tozer Says New Calibra Model Could Happen1
Earlier this year, Opel filed a trademark application for the Calibra name, which used to be attached to a two-door sports coupe from the brand produced between 1989 and 1999 in European markets. Then, more recently, the brand detailed the Calibra and its history in a lengthy media release commemorating the 25th anniversary of the car.
All this seemingly random attention towards the Calibra made us wonder if maybe Opel was considering a revival of the sports coupe. A new report from the United Kingdom’s AutoExpress indicates that we may have been right, with Vauxhall managing director Tim Tozer saying such a car is a possibility.
“We need to walk before we can run, but could it (a new Calibra) happen when we launch the new Insignia that looks like the Monza concept? Yes we could, but it’s a step by step process,” Tozer revealed to AE.
Opel is currently focusing on the replacement for the Insignia mid-size sedan, which is expected to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017. The Calibra would come after the new Insignia, which means the model is approximately two years away from production. AE says the car could utilize the Monza Concept’s futuristic styling, however the sci-fi look would have to be toned down a bit.
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A great return for a much missed model. Bring some more fun back to Vauxhall. How about a Calibra VXR/OPC with a tuned turbo engine and AWD.