- Exclusive preview of IAA concept car at ZEIT newspaper conference in Frankfurt
- Opel CEO Neumann keynote speaker of panel of renowned experts
|Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann with new Opel Monza Concept|
Prior to the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, manufacturers, politicians, scientists and association representatives gathered for the “Future Summit” hosted by the Zeit, a leading German weekly newspaper. The keynote speaker at “The Squaire” at the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport was Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Adam Opel AG.
In his presentation “Environment, Safety and the Preservation of Individual Mobility”, Neumann outlined the challenges the automotive industry faces in the future. The highlight was an exclusive preview of the Opel Monza Concept, a visionary concept that will be trendsetting for new Opel models. Karl-Thomas Neumann: “The Monza Concept is a concept car that will have a long-term impact on our future. As we move forward, the two major subjects of efficiency and connectivity are at the very top of our list of priorities.”
During the presentation with GME Vice President Design Mark Adams, the Monza Concept impressed with its light, athletic look, unique 3D projection technology in the interior together with user-defined connectivity possibilities and its modular design that enables the fitting of sustainable propulsion systems ranging all the way to fuel cell solutions.
|Designer Mark Adams presents Opel Monza Concept|
Under the direction of Dr. Rainer Esser, Managing Director of the ZEIT Publishing Group, the congress also addressed industry policy topics with presentations by Matthias Wissmann (President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry) and Günther Oettinger (EU Commissioner for Energy).
ZEIT publisher Dr. Josef Joffe provided the conference framework. According to Joffe, “What is necessary is continued reduction of consumption and higher safety as well as increasingly intelligent traffic and energy management. We are still in the early days of alternative propulsion and traffic control technologies. The mobility of the future can and will revolutionize the automobile.”
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann underlined that Opel is making every effort to remain a trendsetter: “With over 150 years of company history, Opel stands for high innovative strength and the commitment to make high-tech affordable for a wide customer base. With the Opel Ampera, we are the first European automaker to have an electric vehicle fully suitable for everyday use on the road, and with the Monza Concept we are presenting another trendsetting car.”