American brand to introduce new Zafira-rival and small SUV
29 May 2008

Chevrolet Europe will double its model range by 2012. The GM-owned company wants to be competitive in 65 per cent of the market within four years; an increase of a third from 2006.“The whole Chevrolet portfolio will be renewed by 2012, and we are looking to expand into new segments,” said Wayne Brannon, chief executive of Chevrolet Europe. “We’re particularly interested in creating a new monocab MPV to compete with the Zafira, and a small SUV that would sit beneath the Captiva.”The new Epica saloon is the first stage in the new strategy, and will be followed by the all-new Matiz, Camaro and eventually the electric Volt.New engines will also be a key part of this growth, said Brannon. “We’re looking to produce a new 1.0-litre diesel engine in the next two to three years, and we are also hoping to add a 1.3-litre diesel to the range.”Progress is also being made on the company’s hydrogen fuel-cell car, which is also due to enter the Chevrolet range by 2012. The first working fuel-cell demonstrators, which will be based on the Equinox SUV, will be in action in Europe by the end of next year.

Vicky Parrott

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31 May 2008

Autocar haven't named the cars so I'll just state for the record I like the black one. Would be willing to have this as a short-stop urban runabout alongside a BMW coupe and X6 for the serious motoring. You can bin the rest of the range GM.

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