WHAT A much-needed update for Chevy's mid-size car.
WHEN Late 2011
KEEPING UP WITH THE PACK The current Malibu debuted near the head of the class in 2007, but time passes quickly in this segment. The new 'bu thus receives significant changes, including Camaro-inspired design cues; an interior with a true nav system; and, quite possibly, a four-cylinder-only engine lineup that includes a hybrid. It also will shrink a few inches to ride on the same wheelbase as the Buick Regal.
WHAT A larger and (we hope) better replacement for the Aveo.
WHEN Late 2011
READY FOR ROUND TWO The subcompact market was a very different place when the Aveo debuted in 2002. To reset its reputation, Chevy is starting with a fresh name and much more substantial, attractive styling. The Sonic could also be one of the quickest cars in the segment, as it will be using the same engines as the larger Chevy Cruze, including a turbocharged 1.4-liter that makes 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A Sonic-based crossover is also in the works.
Should that Chevy come here?
"General Motors is making significant strides in globalizing its product portfolio, but there will always be region-specific vehicles. Below are some of Chevy's upcoming products, along with both our take and Chevy's take on whether they belong in the U.S.
Colorado It debuted in Thailand, where pickup trucks account for 40 percent of the market. In America, though, buyers and automakers alike seem to prefer full-size trucks.
They say: Maybe
We say: Hell, yes!
Orlando A small, seven-passenger people carrier originally slated for U.S. consumption but later dismissed because it wouldn't meet American quality standards.
They say: no
We say: Good choice
Spark We were under the impression that the Spark's only role in the U.S. was to loosen the government's purse strings by proving GM can do small and efficient. Apparently we were wrong.
They say: yes
We say: Why?
Volt MPV5 All the Volt running gear in a tasteful, five-seat crossover package. Electric range drops to about thirty miles with the increased weight and aerodynamic drag.
They say: no comment
We say: Yes