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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Opel Revives Launch of Vectra Coupe

Opel's plans for a Vectra coupe look like they are back on track. A two-door version of the sedan launched last year was originally pencilled in to replace the Calibra when it is withdrawn in 1998, but the project was canned before the new Vectra arrived.

Against a background of official "no comment," test cars have again been spotted undergoing trials in Germany, and Opel's rival to the BMW 3 Series coupe now looks set for launch in less than three years time.

The original decision to drop the Vectra coupe was made against a background of an increasingly crowded coupe market and a drive to reduce model numbers. In addition, the next Astra range, due to arrive from 1998 onwards, will include a coupe in place of the three door hatchback. This was deemed suitable to fill the gap left by the Calibra's departure, but with the likes of Mercedes, Peugeot and Volvo all setting their sights on success with big coupes, Opel is believed to have reconsidered and the bigger car has been resurrected.

Based on the sedan but with a restyled back end, a Vectra coupe would fill the role of a four-seat sporting tourer rather than an out and out sports car.