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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Chevy Orlando concept

When GM and the UAW agreed to a new contract in 2007, several new models and the plants in which they would be built were agreed on. Drastic shifts in customer tastes are changing those plans rapidly, and the General is scrambling to deliver. GM was planning to build a seven-seat crossover based off its global Delta small car platform at the Detroit Hamtramck plant next year, but the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that the vehicle will no longer be produced for the US market.

The small MPV, which is being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in concept form as the Chevy Orlando, will still be available in Europe where small seven-seaters are much more popular than here in the States. The small crossover will instead be replaced by a compact vehicle from Asia, possibly the Chevy Beat. However, GM never designed the Beat to meet U.S. crash-test standards, but hopefully the extra resources freed up by nixing the Orlando's U.S. launch could make that happen in quick order.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Aw, snaps! And I was just getting ready to place my order for one o' these! *Snicker!*
      • 6 Years Ago
      This (G3) instead of the Orlando, just great!! I would have bought one (Orlando).
      The 7 passenger Cruze based (Like Element, Mazda 5) Orlando is a real competitive small van like replacement for families & people who carry large items inside for outdoor use. We need good mileage, but many of us need something bigger then the Aveo-G3.
      This Stinks, just when I think GM is getting it, they fall for dealer presure for the ultra small, when they can get a real mass market NEW small crossover & be very competitive with Japan's best in segment!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't remember the last time I had more than 5 people in a vehicle which wasn't a bus. Do we really need that many 7-seaters anyway?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just make this the next HHR? Duh!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mark,

        It's my theory that the MPV-7 will be the next HHR. Since the HHR is based off Cobalt and the Cruze is the next iteration of Cobalt, it would make sense that a Delta-based spinoff like Orlando becomes the next HHR.

        http://allcarsallthetime.blogspot.com/2008/08/next-hhr-may-be-delta-mpv-7.html

        Anyways, as someone said above. Just because one plant doesn't get the MPV-7 doesn't mean it's dead for the U.S. market.

        Say tuned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds like a gound Honda Element, Mazda 5, Fighter, & I would have bought one!! Beat is way too small to compete in the Orlando's segment.
      Too Bad!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, someone canceling a SUV? Now all we need to do is lighten our current fleet...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was really interested in a small people mover such as the Orlando. Personally don't have much use for a G3 :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      I assume the Asian compact is the new Aveo/G3. As for the Orlando, I don't really miss it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang. And it looked really good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      when will the crossover nightmare end. Just call them what they are...all wheel drive minivan without the sliding door.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seeing as the Chevy Beat will be in the new Transformers, I really do think this has been the plan all along. The only reason they floated the Orlando out there was to gauge buzz, if it had gotten a bigger response things may have gone differently.

      Probably helped them reach the deal with the UAW ala, "Hey yea you guys can build this new car that cool?... oh wait... yea it's the consumer... no no... it's us not you. You're still with us right?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only thing the WSJ article says is that the MPV7 will not be built at Hamtramck. It is a stretch to then say it will not be built anywhere else in NA.

      AFAIK it will be coming to NA. Where it will be built is anybody's guess, but it is based on the GMDAT version that will be built in Korea.

      Either way, this has absolutely no bearing on the subcompact G3. Completely different architecture as the Volt so I don't see the possibility of it being built in the same plant.
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