Displayed along with the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado pickup at the 2013 Detroit auto show, five foreign vehicles developed outside the U.S. added a bit of variety to the American-as-apple-pie stand. Ranging from a small hatchback to a seven-seat MPV, which global car would you pick if it made it to our shores?
Onix – The Onix is powered by a 1.0-liter or 1.4-liter engine, paired with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The four-door hatch seats five, and offers a simpler version of Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. South American buyers can even have fun customizing it with “Joy,” “Race,” and “24 Hours” themes with adhesives and appliques. Off-the-shelf art is also available.
Spin – Destined for Thailand and Indonesia, the Chevrolet Spin is a mix between a minivan and a crossover, lacking sliding doors but able to seat five or seven passengers depending on configuration. Powertrain specifics – except that it will have a six-speed automatic – have not been revealed, but it could be powered by the U.S.-spec Sonic’s 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter I-4.
Trax – The Buick Encore’s more value-priced cousin is sold in 140 countries across the globe with three familiar engines: a base naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline I-4, turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4, and an optional 128-hp 1.7-liter turbodiesel that produces 221 lb-ft of torque. Manual transmissions come with engine stop-start technology, while all-wheel drive and six-speed automatic equipped models are available with the turbo-four and turbodiesel engines. The Trax is 1.3 inches shorter than the Encore but identical in width and wheelbase.
Sail – The Sail is a fuel-efficient pick for Chinese buyers that’s also roomy, durable, and affordable. The Sail offers a choice of 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter engines.
Orlando – GM was initially rumored to launch the seven-passenger Orlando in the U.S. in 2011, but those plans were canceled because executives thought there would be too much overlap between the Equinox and Traverse crossovers. Under the hood will be GM’s 2.4-liter direct-injection I-4 Ecotec engine rated at 174 hp, and paired with a six-speed manual or automatic.