Posted Jan 10th 2013 10:29AM
When the Detroit Auto Show opens to the public next week, we're sure the Chevrolet booth will get plenty of attention thanks to the all-new Corvette and Silverado, but visitors will also be able to see a handful of cars not even available in North America. A day after introducing us to a new global marketing campaign titled "Find New Roads," General Motors has announced that it will be bringing five popular global products to the Chevy stand in Detroit to "show off the depth of Chevrolet's global product lineup."
Although it isn't clear what sort of play General Motors has in mind by bringing international products to Detroit, we do know that the five products will be the Chevrolet Spin, Onix, Sail, Orlando and Trax. In terms of which car we could see coming here, if any, it would probably be the Spin – a small people mover (pictured above) currently sold in China and South America. The Orlando and Trax have already been shot down for NA consumption, the Sail is a small sedan riding on the same platform as the Spark and Sonic and the recently introduced Onix is planned to be a Brazil-only vehicle.
We'll have to wait until next week to see what kind of plans Chevy has for these products in regards to the NA market, but until then, you can see each of the five cars above and read more in the press release posted after the jump.
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Chevrolet Puts the International in NAIAS 2013
Five global vehicles among 38 on display at North American International Auto Show
DETROIT – Chevrolet will showcase its global portfolio offered in 140 countries during the North American International Auto Show next week. For the first time, the Onix, Spin, Trax, Sail and Orlando – five models developed and sold outside the United States – will be included.
Two all-new Chevrolets -- the 2014 Silverado and the Corvette – also will debut at the show.
"NAIAS kicks off the global auto show season and gives us a unique opportunity to show off the depth of Chevrolet's global product lineup," said Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development. "The appearance of these five global vehicles further reinforces Chevrolet's commitment to tailor vehicles to our customers' needs around the world."
The following will be displayed on the second floor of Chevrolet's exhibit.
Trax: All-new Small Sport Utility Vehicle
The Trax is Chevrolet's entry into the growing small SUV segment and is designed to deliver the flexibility, fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require. A muscular exterior design and wide stance is complemented by interior details executed to standards usually found in more expensive vehicles.
Trax has room for five passengers and class-leading cargo space, Mexico and Canada were the first markets to sell the crossover in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Orlando: Redefining Family Transportation
Orlando's design – part MPV, part crossover – breaks the rules of a historically conservative segment, offering an alternative to many family vans and crossovers on the market. Orlando can transport up to seven people in comfort and is expected to deliver the best fuel efficiency of any non-hybrid seven-passenger vehicle.
The Chevrolet Orlando is produced by General Motors South Korea and was launched in Canada in October 2011.
Sail: Developed in China for Emerging Markets
The new Sail is a small car designed for young Chinese families who want an affordable, spacious, durable and safe vehicle with good fuel economy. The Sail offers a choice of class-leading 1.2-liter S-TEC II and 1.4-liter S-TEC III engines.
The Sail was the first passenger car created in China by a Sino-foreign joint venture. It was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center. In addition to being sold in China, the Sail is exported to emerging markets such as Chile, Peru and Bolivia. It is manufactured and shipped in kits for assembly in India, Colombia and Ecuador.
Spin: Compact MPV for the Urban Motorist
The Spin, which will be manufactured at GM's facility in Bekasi, Indonesia, and will go on sale in Thailand and Indonesia in 2013 is a seven-passenger MPV designed with a compact footprint for the congested confines of urban consumers.
Onix: Small Hatchback Tailored for Brazil
The all-new Onix, a small hatchback debuted at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in October 2012. It offers five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and a choice of 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter engines, both equipped to run on 100 percent ethanol or a flex -fuel mixture of gasoline and ethanol. It features Bluetooth capability along with the Chevrolet MyLink system, a segment first in Brazil, that allows the user to bring songs, photos, videos and mobile phone applications for display on a seven-inch color LCD screen.
Onix is offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, each of which can be customized in "Joy," "Race," and "24 Hours" themes with adhesives and appliques with. Off-the-shelf art is also available.
The Onix is produced at Gravataí in Rio Grande do Sul and went on sale in Brazil in November last year.
In addition to the five global vehicles, Chevrolet will debut the 2014 Corvette and Silverado.
The 2014 Corvette delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency than its predecessors. Click here for more information and video content about the seventh-generation Corvette.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is new from hood to hitch and is engineered to be the strongest, smartest, and most capable Silverado ever. Among the many updates for 2014 are a new trio of powerful, efficient EcoTec3 engines; a stronger, quieter, more comfortable cab; revised steering, suspension and brakes; ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed and true truck capability for towing and hauling.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.