This year at the Paris Motor Show, Chevrolet will present four new models.
The new electric Chevrolet Volt, the Orlando, Cruze and an european version Camaro.
On sale in the UK next spring, the Cruze is the first of Chevrolet’s new wave of truly global products. Its four-door coupe-like profile raises the bar in terms of styling in the value compact car segment, while Chevrolet’s distinctive double-decker grille and concave shoulder line further illustrate the focus on styling.
Inside, Cruze features a driver-friendly twin-cockpit interior layout, with high quality materials and smart blue-backlit dials giving it an upmarket feel that buyers wouldn’t necessarily expect from a value brand.
The UK market specification will feature a range of 1.6 or 1.8-litre petrol engines, or a common-rail 2.0-litre diesel.
Orlando Show Car
Chevrolet’s first entry into the European seven-seat compact MPV market, the Orlando promises rugged styling, dynamic ride and handling, a high quality interior and a practical seven-seat ‘theatre-style’ seating layout that offers fantastic levels of practicality.
While the Orlando is very much a show car in its current form, it signals the production intent of such a vehicle – a production model based on the concept will debut in 2009.
The production-ready version of the Chevrolet Volt E-REV (Extended-Range Electric Vehicle) clearly illustrates GM’s commitment to providing viable low emissions motoring. Powered at all times by an electric motor, but with a petrol engine to operate as a generator when the battery is depleted, the Volt has the ability to travel up to 40+ miles with absolutely no exhaust tailpipe emissions whatsoever.
Unlike conventional electric cars, which have a limited range, the Volt’s additional petrol engine means that the car can continue to run once the battery is discharged, as the engine then generates power to boost the battery that powers the electric motor.
Yet despite its revolutionary drivetrain, the Volt does not compromise on practicality – it’s a full-size four-seater saloon car, with excellent luggage and passenger space and stylish, contemporary looks. Production begins in 2010.
European premiere: Camaro
A legend reborn! The production Camaro makes its show debut at Paris, and features modern styling that is faithful to that of the original 1967 Camaro – a car with a very important place in the history of American motoring.
Despite its heritage-based styling, the Camaro is every inch the modern performance car, with an advanced chassis and a mighty 400PS, 6.2-litre V8 engine. Sales of the Camaro begin in the USA next year, with European sales following in 2010.