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

Join the debate


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.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided