Chevrolet's plans for the 2013 Detroit Auto Show
For the first time Chevrolet is going to showcase its models developed and sold outside the US, at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) aka Detroit Auto Show, including the Chevrolet Onix, Spin, Trax, Sail and Orlando.
"NAIAS kicks off the global auto show season and gives us a unique opportunity to show off the depth of Chevrolet's global product line-up," 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."
Here are the five global vehicles and their relevance for the India market.
The Onix Hatchback was first showcased at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in October 2012. Tailored for the Brazil market, the Onix is available in three trim levels, LS, LT and LTZ that can be customised in ‘Joy, ‘Race and ’24 Hours’ themes with stickers and appliques. Off-the shelf art is also available.
It is available with 1.0-litre or 1.4-litre petrol engines and a five-speed or six-speed manual gearboxes. The engines run on petrol, ethanol or any combination of petrol and ethanol. The Onix’s 7-inch MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity is a segment first in Brazil that allows users to sync their mobile phones for multimedia connectivity.
The Onix makes sense for India as a premium hatchback and with the company’s 1.3-litre SDE Smartech common-rail diesel motor.
Manufactured at General Motors’ Bekasi facility in Indonesia, the Spin MPV seats seven and will be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed auto box and can run on petrol or ethanol.
The compact Spin is designed for congested urban environs. It will go on sale in Thailand and Indonesia later in 2013, in left- and right-hand drive versions.
The Onix can take on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga but needs a diesel motor for both private and taxi fleet buyer.