GM Considering New Minivan and Midsize Truck, Report Says

A new minivan and midsize truck from General Motors might be headed to the U.S. market, according to a Bloomberg report.

Three sources say “the new GM” is considering a fresh midsize truck, minivan, and even a flagship Cadillac sedan that differs from the XTS pictured to the right.

The Traverse now functions as Chevrolet’s big, 7-8 passenger people-mover after the Uplander minivan was discontinued in 2008. GM is determining whether the Cruze-based Opel Zafira minivan, shown here, could feasibly be made bigger. Compare sales numbers of mini-minivans like the Mazda5 against the Chrysler Town & Country or the Honda Odyssey and we can see why GM appears to be more interested in the larger end of the segment.

We hear GM is further along the R&D process with the midsize pickup, possibly built on a truck the company sells in other markets. To really differentiate the midsize truck from the inexpensive base Silverado full-sizer, GM would likely have to cut costs and increase fuel efficiency. The Chevrolet Colorado (pictured in this article) is set to end production in 2012.

For those who weren’t thrilled by the prospect of the XTS serving as Cadillac’s flagship, know that the automaker may be looking at “several prototypes” different from the XTS we saw at the Detroit Auto Show. Nevertheless, a 7 Series-fighter appears to still be in the game plan.

Given GM’s performance in the midsize truck and minivan segments, what do you think is the best long-term plan for the company? Should it reenter the minivan segment?

Source: Bloomberg


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