PALERMO, Italy - General Motors Europe will keep the concept name for the production version of its five-door Opel Antara GTC medium-sized SUV. It might also launch a two-door Antara variant.
The Antara GTC - which stands for Gran Turismo Crossover - was introduced as a sporty, all-wheel-drive coupe at the Frankfurt IAA in September.
The production version, which will be built by GM Daewoo in Korea starting in the fourth quarter of 2006, will launch as a five-door. It will replace the Opel Frontera, which went out of production at General Motors' plant in Luton, England, in 2003.
Whether the concept coupe might work as a production two-door SUV one day is un-decided but under consideration.
"One reason you do a concept is to form a tease to the real vehicle," said Mark Adams, GM Europe's director of exterior design, during a press introduction for the launch of the Astra, Zafira and Vectra OPC models.
The Antara has already reached measurable milestones.
Adams said the Antara was the first significant concept vehicle designed and fully developed in-house at Opel's International Technical Development Center in Rüssels-heim, Germany, instead of being contracted out to a specialized manufacturer.
Adams said it took GM's European designers nine months to design and build the Antara.
"We had internal capacity and there was a long-term benefit that we thought it would improve our internal design skills," Adams said. "If there is an opportunity there in the future, and our capacity allows it, there is no question we are capable of doing it again."