• Mar 24, 2009
Chevrolet Orlando concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

General Motors is in survival mode right now; cutting staff, closing plants, and reworking contracts. The last thing the General likely wants to cut back on is product, but even new vehicles aren't immune to the chopping block.

Automotive News
is reporting that GM has postponed production of the Chevrolet Orlando at its Detroit Hamtramck facility. Local United Auto Workers chief George McGregor informed AN that plant management informed him that the Orlando and a planned Opel variant will not be built at the facility later in the year. GM has neither declined or confirmed the Orlando's postponement (it could simply be built elsewhere), but North American President Troy Clarke mentioned at the Detroit Auto Show in January that the seven seat MPV would be headed for production in 2011.

McGregor did say that plans were full speed ahead for the Chevy Volt, however, as the range-extender EV is scheduled for production in November 2010. Both the Volt and the Orlando are based on GM's global Delta C segment architecture, which will underpin everything from the Chevy Cruze to the Opel Flextreme.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior and drivetrains look quite nice, but the exterior still hasn't grown on me....
      • 5 Years Ago
      This or another Delta product will need to be built on this line in Detroit, otherwise the limited numbers of Volts being built there won't necessitate keeping an entire line running. If the Lordstown Ohio line cannot keep up with all the needed production of the Cruze, this could support that production. I know the Lordstown plant has reached capacity at times of demand for the Cobalt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't this just be the new HHR? I don't understand the need to let some models rot, while constantly introducing new ones that are similar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone else been confused about the very existence of this vehicle?? I don't understand why Chevy/GM needs another 7-seat wagon/CUV/whatever now. Leave the new Equinox & Traverse to that and focus on other things. For example, the Spark or something like it because it could battle the Kia Soul, Scion and Nissan Cubes of the world.

      In this same category: that new Acura wagon/CUV thing that's coming....what? MDX & RDX are not enough?? The BMW X6 & 5 series GT. And probably a few others......redundant!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        the lambda's and the orlando are very different vehicles. your question about why they have both is the equivalent of asking why toyota sells the yaris and the avalon when they both seat 5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except that the Yaris and Avalon definitely play different roles, fill different niches at vastly different price points, (which means a very different group of people drive them) and w/very different MPG numbers. The Orlando is to be a 7-seater. I realize it's not based on the Lamdas (which are already spread over too many brands IMO, but that's another story) and is based on the Cruze, but still! I don't see Mazda selling too many 5's or Kia selling many Rondo's even as people abandon their SUVs and remain uninterested in minivans. If this is replacing the HHR, which I presume it is, then they got the styling right, because it's not corny anymore. But it also seems to have grown too big and too SUV'ish despite its smaller-than-Equinox size. Seems like it would steal sales away from the Equinox/Spark and maybe even a few from the Traverse. I just feel like, even though they're still selling something; is it worth all the expense when GM is spending money it doesn't have ramping up production and then marketing this thing? Honda does just fine with the Pilot & CR-V with its Element there for quirks selling against Scions and now Cubes & Souls. Those are also recognized nameplates, Chevy just needs the Spark and they're good to go. If there's no HHR replacement, who cares?

        There's a dozen other scenarios for this platform too. For example if GM keeps Pontiac alive after all then why not throw them a bone? Hell, even Buick for those that feel the Enclave is a bit too large. An upscale, fuel efficient CUV that can carry 7 and park easily may be very appealing. Etc. Etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it a bit like the Dodge Journey, only a little more extreme looking! Like a Journey on steroids!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks funny but GM always makes cool concepts and then builds trash.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HHR is shipped up from Mexico.

      In other news, GM announced that April 1st will be the start of the layoff announcements. 240 manufacturing jobs on the chopping block first.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it's going to be built somewhere else?
        • 5 Years Ago
        ugly as hell. can all the americans have better taste?

        the designer should ask their wives if they would buy it before they want to release them.......................
      • 5 Years Ago
      There won't be Opel Flextreme, as they showed the Ampera in Geneva. So let's replace this use of Delta.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks an awful lot like an Aztec to me. This regurgitation of ugly taken to a new level shows me that GM has learned nothing. Truly Sad. They may as well give their power train development along with the GMT 900 platform to Chrysler, close up shop and go the way of Oldsmobile.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1 word "GOOD"
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Does GM really need another Blazer clone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am going to have to back you up on this one.

        It is a clearly Minivan, if you examine the spy shots, and with it's funky looks, I doubt it would sell well.

        Just look at the Flex.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is getting out of building cars in North America period.
      The evidence
      Chevy Aveo- Korea
      Chevy Tracker- Japanese parts assembled in Canada.
      Chevy Optima-Korea
      Chevy Epica- Korea
      Pontiac Wave- Korea
      Pontiac Vibe- Japanese parts assembled in California
      Pontiac G8- Austrailia
      Pontiac Aztek-Mexico
      Saturn Aura- Germany
      Saturn Astra- Germany
      Buick Rendezvous-Mexico

      I know I have forgotten a few.

        • 5 Years Ago
        First off, half of those cars are no longer produced. Rendezvous, Aztek, and Tracker are long dead. The Optima (??) and Epica are not even SOLD in the US, and the Pontiac Vibe is basically a rebadged Toyota. The rest are based on cars that GM has been selling outside of the U.S. in foreign markets for years and years before deciding to bring them stateside. And don't get me started on the 30+ other models that ARE still produced in the US.
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