• Nov 26, 2007

GM's new compact front-wheel-drive platform created to replace the Delta platform is longer with a longer wheelbase than its predecessor. This will give allow it to underpin at least eight new models in a range of segments and markets around the world. Compare that to the current Delta platform, which sits under just six models (including the current Cobalt and coming Astra), all of them small or mid-sized vehicles.

The as-yet-unnamed platform is expected by 2012 to be produced in volumes exceeding one million units per year. It will form the basis for small, economy models to be sold in emerging markets for under $10,000, as well as luxury models sold in Europe for $40,000, and everything in between. The extra length will also allow it to underpin a small Chevy minivan or CUV, as well as a 7-passenger SUV replacement for the Opel Zafira. Other variants include the next-gen Saturn Astra in 2009 or 2010, a South-Korean-market Daewoo, a European Chevrolet, a China-market Buick, the Chevy Volt, and a potential Saab model.

The new platform will also allow GM to exploit the economies of scale that it can't do now with the Delta, because region-specific engineering has often made the platform unusable in some markets. The new platform "will be identical across the globe," and the same suppliers will be used in many cases, hopefully allowing GM to take real advantage of the global platform its been working on for some time now. In the mean time, the Cobalt is expected to ditch the Delta platform in favor of the also front-wheel-drive Gamma platform, and the Pontiac G5 will be put on the Alpha rear-wheel-drive platform, all according to Automotive News. Mmm... a RWD Pontiac G5 would almost make up for the current model.

[Source: Auto News, sub. req'd]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      EXCELLENT!
        • 7 Years Ago
        if you ask me who is on the right track to succede it is GM. Unlike ford they are taking the right steps. in four to five years GM cars will be made as good if not better than most makers. gm good job

        Ten Gears http://www.tengears.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      ceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelabration time COME ON!

      i think Pontiac (and GM as a whole) is moving in the right direction. good job
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cobalt will stay on Delta.
      HHR most likely moves to Gamma.
      • 7 Years Ago
      read somewhere,(prolly here) that HHR is in for 09 changes & since it has a cobalt chassis now, it,ll maybe get the "world" chassis in 09. love mine, but they all seem to have steering column & rf suspension noise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Chrysler is in a better position than Ford is. At least they have a few models people want to buy, like the LX/LY trio and the Rams and Jeeps. Even the Caliber seems to be doing good. Ford has... the Crown Vic. Though Ford does have very nice products, save the F series and Mustang no one really wants them. They also do not have the same financing as does Chrysler right now.

      Regardless, I hope they all remain in business, foriegn and domestic. Competition makes for better choices no matter who you buy from, and we as consumers win.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that is pretty diverse. I would imagine they will use some new materials in this structure if they are going world wide in the application. High strength steel, maybe some aluminum? Lighter, faster, and stronger I hope?
      • 7 Years Ago
      ceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelabration time COME ON!

      i think Pontiac (and GM as a whole) is moving in the right direction. good job
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Basically, what will the $10k economy car and the $40k luxury car share?"

      If the company is smart, nothing. although, there are some cars in tose price categories that do share certain things
        • 7 Years Ago
        well, lets see, the Ford GT and the Ford Focus shared the intermittent wiper stalk...
      • 7 Years Ago
      So the Cobalt in going to the Gamma platform and the Malibu is almost as big as the Impala, and the Impala goes to rwd. There is a small hole in the lineup for a car on the new, bigger Delta platform about the size as the old Malibu. Maybe this is just fille dby the Volt? Doubtful. Maybe there will be another Chevy on the horizon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I applaud GM, they are the prime example of what can be achieved if everybody finds common ground, common goal, and a plan how to get there. With exception of GMAC and UAW I think GM is on its way to profitability within next 2-3 years. I think US sales are going to be dismal because we are going to recession around February-March, but rest of NA should do well, Asia, South America, EU to an extent, should also provide considerable boost to GM. However, it is my strong belief that we are going to lose Chrysler probably by end of the decade.

      rgt88@hotmail.com
        • 7 Years Ago
        I sure hope we don`t lose Chrysler. I`m glad GM has a solid game plan and hope we as Americans start to be proud of what we achieve again.
        If Japan can have five or six profitable Auto manufactures. The US should be able to support the three it has. If we keep losing our ability to produce a gross national product we are in trouble.
        Chrysler and Ford both must live along with GM!
        Prosperity gives us a good life style and hope for a good life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Simplify the underpinnings and spend the money on exteriors and interiors. Make sure the vehicles exteriors and interiors are different enough so the buyers do not recognize them. Makes sense to me.

      roar
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