Internet leak exposes all of General Motors’ big unveilings until 2012
1 October 2007

General Motors has resolved its health care dispute with the United Auto Workers union after a national strike in the US saw 73,000 of the company’s employees down tools last week. But in announcing new contract terms between GM and its workers, the UAW ‘accidentally’ revealed the company’s planned product portfolio for the next five years. The leak is largely concerned with American market models, but includes a number of so-called global models bound for Europe. The UAW leak reveals that the Chevrolet Volt electric sports car – seen only as a concept model until now – will go into production at the beginning of 2010. It also confirms that the next generation Vauxhall Zafira, which gets the catchy codename ‘Global Delta MPV7’, is due for 2009. The new Vauxhall Vectra, which will also underpin the Saab 9-3, is scheduled for 2012 and there will be two new versions of the Cadillac CTS, an estate and a coupe, both destined for European markets in 2009.

Will Powell

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