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Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:51:49 AM »
This article is repeated courtesy of AutoExpress - this time it looks like it may just happen!

New Calibra shapes up
We reveal stunning look of reborn Vauxhall coup? due to be joined by soft-top and heads raft of new models from firm.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/268897/new_calibra_shapes_up.html#ixzz1Q09Tf36t
The Calibra is back. The famous badge is set to be dusted off for a pair of stylish new models in 2013: a coup and a cabriolet. This glamorous duo is being tasked with pushing the brand upmarket and it's just the beginning of a stunning product avalanche from the Luton firm.

Both cars will be based on a stretched version of the Astra?s platform. This means plenty of room for four, despite the coupe's swooping roofline and the need for space to stow the fabric hood on the convertible.

Our exclusive illustrations show how the stunning fixed- roof model will look, while the first sketch of the convertible has been released by Vauxhall bosses in the same week that our spies spotted a prototype testing in Germany.

The tin-top Calibra will take on premium coupes such as the VW Scirocco and Audi TT, with the emphasis on luxury, space and sporty handling. As a result, it's expected to start from around ?22,000.

Prices for the cabrio will be similar. It's effectively a more upmarket replacement for the Astra TwinTop, but with a fabric hood. This is lighter and less expensive to produce than the TwinTop's metal folding roof, and doesn't compromise the styling.

The Calibra provides a taste of the exciting new products Vauxhall is planning over the next two years. We were given an exclusive look at the brand?s top-secret new wave of models by styling chief Mark Adams ? the man who has masterminded the bold new design language.

The first to hit dealers will be the sensational Astra GTC three-door. Order books open this week, with prices starting from ?18,495, for delivery in September. It will be followed at the end of the year by the Zafira Tourer a much more stylish and upmarket version of the current people carrier.

But the biggest surprise will come in 2012, when an upmarket new small car will be launched to take the fight to the Fiat 500 and MINI. Codenamed Junior, it's only 3.7 metres long and having seen it in the metal, we can tell you it's a little gem. It's bold inside, with personalisation way beyond that seen on the 500 and MINI.

There is a mind-boggling array of vivid new interior colours and groundbreaking new materials and seat trims. And although it?s smaller than the Corsa, the car is set to be priced higher, at around ?12,000. Another major arrival early next year will be the pioneering Ampera. This mates an electric motor giving zero emissions running around town with a small-capacity petrol engine to offer a range of more than 300 miles. Bosses aim to sell 2,500 models in the first year, with prices from ?28,995, including the ?5,000 Government electric car grant.

The third radical Vauxhall will be a new Nissan Juke-rivalling small SUV. It's another model with attitude, featuring a chunky design in a package that's only 4.3 metres long. Prices are expected to be competitive with the Juke, starting at just over ?13,000.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/268897/new_calibra_shapes_up.html#ixzz1Q07IV8g7
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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra 2011
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011, 15:01:12 PM »
I have to say, that actually looks nice!

Cloth roof for the cabrio though? this is 2011 FFS! I seriously hope they consider swapping it out for a metal folding roof such as the Tigra, and Astra Twin top.....
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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 15:23:37 PM »
Well, here's the official line from Vauxhall...

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Many thanks for your email concerning the article you have seen relating to the Vauxhall Calibra.

We would like to explain that at this time there is no information we are able to give relating to the release of a Calibra.  The speculation is based on a sketch that was shown to selected media. 

May we thank you however for the interest you and your members have shown and please be assured that we certainly appreciate your comments.

Yours sincerely
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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 15:24:27 PM »
To me, it looks like a cross between a Merc and a VW! Overall, I like it!
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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2011, 15:47:42 PM »
im not to kean on it, i think the calibra is an amzing look an this doesnt do it justice, i would have liked to see the new calibra be along the same lines as the monaro. that thing looks like a tigra thats been slapped chopped in half and had an alfa back end glued onto it. but thats my persoanl taste.

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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011, 16:13:57 PM »
It just looks like a 2 door Insignia to me?

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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011, 22:50:58 PM »
Fail
To be a true Calibra it needs to look like it was derived from the same basic principles and this doesn't.
It doesn't look like a natural progression  - as said above it looks like the Insignia with two doors.
Perhaps all the latest NCAP safety regs are causing the car designs coming out now to be basically the same.
If you drove down the road in that I wouldn't give it a second look.
Let's hope the artist who did the sketches was having a bad day or someone stole his favourite pencil
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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011, 00:11:27 AM »
Fail
To be a true Calibra it needs to look like it was derived from the same basic principles and this doesn't.
It doesn't look like a natural progression  - as said above it looks like the Insignia with two doors.
Perhaps all the latest NCAP safety regs are causing the car designs coming out now to be basically the same.
If you drove down the road in that I wouldn't give it a second look.
Let's hope the artist who did the sketches was having a bad day or someone stole his favourite pencil

Agree teejay.

It barely resembles a calibra.

Needs a more streamline shape. It looks too much like a sedan, not even a proper sporty coupe.

I sure as hell would not want it. Id rather a monaro.

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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2011, 12:08:17 PM »
TBH, if they are serious about re-releasing the Calibra name then they really should keep the shell as close to the original as they can (light clusters in line with modern cars though). The interior can certainly be updated, the chassis completely different & a good range of engine options.

Astra's, Vectra's, Corsa's etc have always had facelifts but with no stop in production so we tend to get used to each design & still assosiate the name with it. Releasing a coupe that bears absolutely no resemblance to the model that ceased production 14 years ago & whacking a Calibra badge on the back is utterly pointless IMO.

It may not turn out to be a bad looking car but it certainly doesn't deserve the Calibra badge.
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Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2011, 17:09:44 PM »
^^agree

I personally don't like the new model as it has nothing in common with the Calibra ;(


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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2011, 18:27:54 PM »
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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2011, 18:34:28 PM »
It just looks like a 2 door Insignia to me?

Totally agree, and it looks crap !!

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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2011, 22:44:09 PM »
That looks swag, but I'd prefer the Monaro if i had a choice :(

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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2011, 14:46:27 PM »
Any more word on this monstrosity?

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Re: Announcement: New Vauxhall Calibra in 2013
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2011, 17:52:31 PM »
Not that I've heard, I think they're just in the process of putting all the latest uninspired fat arsed, euro designs from all the major manufacturers into a hat and pick one out and rebadge it!
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