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This morning's Today Show on NBC featured General Motors' design chief Ed Welburn talking with host Matt Lauer live from General Motors' Warren Tech Center. Welburn previewing the Detroit Auto Show's coming attractions, including the new Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Camaro. Most newsworthy, however, was the designer's willingness to pull back the sheet - albeit partially - on what looks to be a production-bound version of 2007's Chevrolet Beat concept. Welburn promised that the car would be unveiled at the show in Cobo, leading us to speculate that the Beat may come to the States after all. Check out the Beat concept's high-res gallery below, and video footage from the show after the jump.


[Source: MSNBC]




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      • 6 Years Ago

      The beat will be a great replacement for the Aveo. The Aveo always falls short in comparison to the Yaris,Versa and Fit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The beat is not a replacement for the Aveo. A new Aveo is coming in 2010 or 2011. This is separate.
      • 6 Years Ago
      After seeing the concept Beat at the show last year, I'm curious how much they've changed it for the production version. Just a little over a week left :) I hope they bring the production Camaro too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, I only saw about 5 min of the today show this morning and during the part I watched, Matt and some dude from CNBC were speaking about driving the Chevy Volt mule. Anyone else hear about this? Seems like a pretty significant event: allowing the press to drive a mule of a "vapor ware" car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      JDC

      Yeah I realize you're right, I thought the mirrors were way to jazzy for a production car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it is engineered well, has the fit and finish and driveability of a Honda Fit...??
      Good luck GM..there small cars are much better but everybody else always seems to be a step ahead..Also can they build it here with the new labor agreements and our bail out money....nice to see Americans working rather than Koreans or Chinese or Japanese.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      picture #6 is nice.

      gives us a good look at the cars headlights
        • 6 Years Ago
        if they all come with this interior upgrade, I'll buy 2.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My god the Camaro is stunning!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That was the concept version of the Camaro. I am surprised they did not show the production one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        JDC: They look almost exactly alike, so it's not like it really matters.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow it looks nice. Headlights area lil big, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I watched the whole segment live. Pity. They chose to unveil the LaCrosse, and Matt Lauer spent all of 20 seconds and then wanted to talk about the Camaro. Then, almost/tesingly pulled off the whole Beat's cloth, giving everyone a heart attack.

      I felt bad for Ed and the shortchanging that segment gave them on those cars.

      The LaCrosse looks nice. (and has in the multitude of web coverage it's received as well)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember when the SSR "Sport Truck" was being release and Welburn tagged it along the lines of "revolutionary" and "a game changer for GM." And look how well the SSR did. And look where they are now.

      I hope the Beat sells well, however. They need help although I thought initial reports said that it wouldn't be sold in the US?
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmm, color and styling reminds me a lot of the new Ford Fiesta. I hope for GM and Ford that they both do well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car needs to be in the US yesterday.
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