Toyota called it the iQ and Vauxhall is calling it Trixx, although these two compacts look different they both serve the same purpose, navigating today’s overcrowded city streets. The Vauxhall is inspired by the 2004 Trixx Concept, complete with an electric motor and batteries based on the units originally used in the Opel Ampera. The front end of the Trixx also benefits from being heavily influenced by Opel’s hybrid electric concept vehicle.
The Vauxhall will have a range of about 90 miles between charges, making the Trixx even better suited for day to day around town driving. The car will make its official debut sometime in 2012.
Students from the London based Royal College of Art have been asked by Vauxhall to create futuristic interpretations of what they envision will be on the road in 2049. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College’s Vehicle Design course the artist responsible for the best Opel inspired design will be given the opportunity to intern at the General Motors European Design Centre in Germany.
The students were told to let their imaginations run wild and the resulting renderings ranged from futuristic single seaters to extremely abstract suggestions of movement. However one point of concern for driving enthusiasts who like to have control of their machine, the majority of the future cars are autonomous machines where humans are nothing more than passengers.
The current Vauxhall VXR8 is powered by a e 6.0-litre V8 engine. But this is not enough to target sports-cars like Audi RS6, BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG. And this is why Vauxhall will launch a new version of its VXR8, this time powered by a 7.0-litre version of the Corvette engine.
The new model will be badged the W427 and will arrive at the UK dealers in September with price tag of around £55,000.
The W427 will be based on the Australian Holden HSV unveiled at last month’s Melbourne Motor Show. With a maximum power of 570bhp and 640Nm of torque the car will cover 0-60mph in around 4.5 seconds, and go on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
A spokesman for Vauxhall told Auto Express; “We are in the early stages with development. The car is going to feature a number of components developed from the racing version, and we need to make sure that everything is tested properly before customer deliveries start.”