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World Car Fans shows the '08 'Bu?

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World Car Fans shows the '08 Malibu?

:forum: | December 17, 2006 | YellowJacket894

Recently, World Car Fans released a chop of what they thought to be the next Opel Omega. However, whenever I looked at it, I felt something amiss.

First off, the proportions were that of a front-drive car (I.E. Epsilon) instead of rear-drive (I.E. Zeta, which a new Omega would be based on). Second, many things matched up with spy shots I, and you as well, have seen of GM's break through mainstream product for 2007: the new 2008 Malibu.

Things didn't add up.

So, obviously, only one thing made sense to me: WCF used and enhanced images of Chevrolet's new 2008 Malibu to produce their Omega rendering.

A new rendering attempting to return WCF's chop back to it's normal state follows as well as proof that shows the images link up. Original chop and original images previously found in this thread can be seen at the link at the end of this post.

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Original Images and WCF's Rendering

Edited by Flybrian

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mjdecker    0

hmm.. very close. I think (hoping) the grill will be a bit bolder, more close to the SS concept in your signature rather than the current impala as in the chop.

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Well, it's a quick chop, so I didn't really work out the final details. The grille is from the Prisma Y concept, if you're wondering. I'm working on making the grille (and other details) a bit closer to the final car, just to keep you updated. :)

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turbo200    6

well, i would have said hell ya if ah-ha hadn't said anything [care to complement us with more of your presence? ;)]. still, this looks great as a chevy, and from the details you pointed out, it sure as hell looks like it could theoretically match! and this chop is great, would make a great malibu, it's only a little too close to the last gen s-class, but it's niiice

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Intrepidation    846

Nice chop, and while It looks similar, I don't think it's the actual Malibu. Why? One big reason. If you look at the Omega chop, the beltline is relatively straight. On the other hand, the spyshot of the Malibu shows a gently arching beltline.

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From this angle I think it's rather hard to tell from the beltline, as I think that part has been chopped away in the original photos. The mirrors look like it has been swapped with Opel's, thus this would affect the area around it.

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Intrepidation    846

From this angle I think it's rather hard to tell from the beltline, as I think that part has been chopped away in the original photos. The mirrors look like it has been swapped with Opel's, thus this would affect the area around it.

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It's a difficult section to chop though, especially given the limited visible space between the mirror and the C-pillar. I could be wrong, and whoever did it had uber skill...but I think there would be some sloppiness to it.

It's a rather radical change to do, yet it's on a small area...so I don't see a chopper bothering with it.

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Daryl Z71    14

That looks really sharp in my opinion. I hope that the final product turns out close to that if not the same! :idhitit:

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I actually thought the chopped Opel was based on the S-Class...

There are some similarities, but my main reservation in agreeing is that the chop's grille area (at least to me) looks more slanted and has a more pronounced crease to it than the spied prototype. Who knows, though...I guess we'll find out soon enough...

Edited by DetroitNut90

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As to why there is a more pronounced crease, possibilities:

1. The WCF guys chopped it this way to show what the Omega looks like, and the original pic does not have the crease on the bumper, as in the earlier spyshots

2. The orignal spyshots show a base model with an "SS" trim bumper, and the standard models do have a different grille than the spyshots, thus the crease

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titan    0

well, i would have said hell ya if ah-ha hadn't said anything [care to complement us with more of your presence? ;)]. still, this looks great as a chevy, and from the details you pointed out, it sure as hell looks like it could theoretically match! and this chop is great, would make a great malibu, it's only a little too close to the last gen s-class, but it's niiice

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Ditto. I was getting excited till Ah-Ha shot it down... now I'm wondering, was the original speculation of it being a Zeta based product (originally shown with an Opel badge) possible? I wonder? Care to chime in, Ah-Ha.

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Ditto.  I was getting excited till Ah-Ha shot it down...  now I'm wondering, was the original speculation of it being a Zeta based product (originally shown with an Opel badge) possible?  I wonder?  Care to chime in, Ah-Ha.

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AH-HA didn't "shoot it down." I think he was alluding to something else, actually. Not that the chop and my assumption were totally wrong.

And there's no way in hell that's a Zeta car originally. The proportions are not Zeta. Period. Case closed. Rear-drive cars haven't had front overhangs like that since, well, I don't know when exactly.

Edited by YellowJacket894

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turbo200    6

when the title of this thread said, "according to me," it was clear this is speculation. now the wording has changed, and the first post comes off as if it has some fountain, just enough to make us believe it might have some fountain of truth, for the casual observer.

i would change it to refect that this is all speculation.

oh, and ah-ha did shoot you down. at least he says no. the original point of the first post was the belief that the Omega chop was indeed just a doctored version of the official Malibu shots.......and thus his response was "no". the winky at the end could be taken to mean anything, although it COULD mean the chop you've made really is ultimately close, but that your belief that the chop was based off the official Malibu shots was incorrect........

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