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Vauxhall/Opel Astra GTC Paris Concept Update - Web Exclusive

The GTC Paris gives the strongest hint yet at what buyers might expect from the next Astra three-door hatchback when it's unveiled at this year's Paris Auto Show.

Sep 28, 2010

Following the release of an initital sketch here:
http://www.eurotuner.com/news/ GM's European Vauxhall/Opel brands have shown these photos and interior of its forthcoming GTC Paris concept to be unveiled at this year's Paris Auto Show. Echoing the GTC's exterior design cues, the cabin features sweeping lines and shapes, with a bold and unique use of fabric.

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Creating a 'positive/negative' effect across the front of the cabin, the driver's seat is trimmed in red with black highlights, while the front passenger's seat has black trim with red highlights. Each of the front seats is bespoke to the GTC Paris and has aggressively shaped contours to complement the car's sporting intent. The GTC logo appears on each seat-back, along with titanium inserts that mirror the design on the wheel's carbon fiber inserts.

The small black leather steering wheel has metal inserts, while the dashboard has Vauxhall's recurring 'wing' and 'blade' motifs. In this application, the blade appears in details like the polished chrome door grabs and the gearshift molding. The wing design is evident in the wraparound instrument panel that embraces front seat occupants and arcs across the cabin into the tops of the door moldings.

Vauxhall's design team has used micro-fibers and leather for the seats, a textured black material for the instrument panel and plush carpeting throughout the cabin.

The GTC Paris gives the strongest hint yet at what buyers might expect from the next Astra three-door hatchback when it's unveiled at this year's Paris Auto Show on September 30.

Designed by Mark Adams' design team, the concept's lines are radical and svelte, yet restrained enough to suggest that the car is tantalizingly close to production. Mark has described the concept as, 'bold, pure and iconic' in its appearance, yet it will still offer ample space for five people and their luggage.

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