• May 9, 2009
2011 Chevy Orlando: Click above for gallery

General Motors is in the middle of a massive restructuring, and if it manages to escape catastrophe without going belly-up, good news could be in store for the Chevy brand. GM CEO Fritz Henderson told AutoWeek that the bowtie will emerge as the big winner in two years, with great quality and plenty of new product. The 2011 model year will (assuming there are no changes to the product calendar -- something that's hardly guaranteed) bring a variety of fuel-efficient vehicles to the Chevy brand with the arrival of the Cruze, Spark, Volt, and Orlando.

The Volt, with its purported extended-range electric capability, will get the limelight. But the Cruze, Spark, and Orlando are likely to be more impactful, since they're designed to be high-volume sellers with very competitive fuel economy figures. The new cars, combined with the drop-dead gorgeous Camaro (29 mpg hwy), the new Equinox (32 mpg hwy), and the Malibu, give Chevrolet a a significantly transformed, far more efficient product lineup.

With four new Chevys set to hit production in the next 19 months, the future of the brand looks bright... as long as GM can survive the tumultuous present.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm... Does the fact that not a single one of Chevy's up-and-coming offerings holds even a shred of interest for me bode well for the brand?

      I think not.

      They'll have to do better than that!
      Dennis
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am glad that you are happy with your Malibu. I just wouldn't want to own a car that primarily is sold to rental fleets and is awful in looks inside and out. (I didn't mention build quality, reliability, etc) I've test drove the new Malibu before and I can tell you I'd rather be in a Camry or Accord/Altima any day.

      Your Malibu will not outlast one of the 3 cars mentioned above. The Yaris is surprisingly well put together and like I stated before will last much longer than the garbage Aveo. The only thing domestic firms can truly build better than the foreign brands are trucks.

      F150, Sierra/Silverado, Ram ---> Tundra, Ridgeline (if you even consider that part of this).
        Dennis
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Dennis
        Oh Seppling, its not my opinion that I've been stating, they are facts! GM absolutely sucks and have been making garbage for the past 3-4 decades. I don't have time like you and these other GM lovers to dig up information (you people are in denial), but over the years, friends with GM vehicles have said it all that support my FACTS). It looks like you are pissed off because you own a vehicle from a company that may be going bankrupt in the near future! Sit in a Civic, then sit in a Malibu (yes Malibu is a "step up")..you'll see how poorly the POS GM car compares to the high-quality import). I'll stick with imports and making the Japanese & German's rich..thank you very much. Please enjoy your low quality Malibu while I indulge in my superior quality Mercedes. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Dennis
        Facts and empirical information have no place in your world, eh Denny?

        BTW: Does it ever bother you that your nickname is used by a Diner chain known for serving artery clogging meals and catering to drunks and rowdy teenagers? (I love the Grand Slam just not at 4am)

        Edmund's TCOs
        2009 Camry LE 2.4L 5-Speed Auto
        Cash Price: $21,706
        Total 5 Year Cost: $43,845
        Depreciation :$11,232
        Cost/Mile:$.58

        2009 Chevrolet Malibu LT1 2.4L 6-Speed Auto
        Cash Price: $20,813
        Total 5 Year Cost: $42,842
        Depreciation :$11,884
        Cost/Mile:$.57

        Yet again, your personal opinions are simply not backed up fact.

        According to Edmunds.com, while the cash price of the Camry is nearly $900 more the Total Cost of Ownership over 5 years is $1002 more over the Malibu. Essentially, you may pay more for the Camry up front and then again every year of ownership.

        Say it with me "I (say it like you mean it) prefer the (Camry/Malibu) over the (Malibu/Camry). This preference has no meaning to anyone else but me - it is my personal subjective opinion. In terms of empirical analysis, they are nearly identical."

        I am happy with my purchase, as you are, that is if you made such a purchase. Most of what you post is just not factual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Dennis
        Dennis, it really doesn't come across well for you when you spew out baseless information that could very well be your own opinion twisted to look like a fact. Please get off of the foreign companies balls and stop commenting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This may hurt a bit Denny but I think it is important that people know who is doing the talking:

      Fellow Bloggers - Meet Denny (aka Dennis) hailing from Sunny New Jersey.

      http://www.autoblog.com/profile/143205/page/4/

      A 19 year old (going on 20) who has been driving for oh, say two and half years.
      Started off posting with insight and courtesy and was going to buy a Volvo C30 but decided on a 2007 MB C230 has unearthly reliability and resale stats:
      http://www.edmunds.com/used/2007/mercedesbenz/cclass/100756744/cto.html?setzip=10016

      Since he knows cars so well, here is his car summed up by Edmunds.com:
      http://www.edmunds.com/mercedesbenz/cclass/2007/review.html

      "As one would expect, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a comfortable car that excels at pampering its occupants. The 3.5-liter V6 is by far the best engine of the lineup, but either of the smaller engines will likely be adequate, especially if you're restricted by budget. In terms of handling ability, Sport models don't feel as light on their feet as other top sport sedans. But they turn in aggressively and offer decent grip. Body roll is reasonably well controlled, but driving enthusiasts will likely wish for even firmer damping and more steering feedback."

      Pampered? I do think so. Too bad you didn't opt for the 3.5-liter V6.

      Hey Denny, your lease should be up soon, whatcha gonna buy next Denny? That GT-R auction you commented on?
      Straight talk from a young man who owns the bottom rung of the Mercedes line.
      Hey, at least the chicks are impressed, right? Go git em Denny!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where have we heard this before oh maybe in 1990,1995,1998, 2001,2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007.

      GM along with Ford and Chrysler used to have a monopoly on large cars and trucks across the globe. Obama wants GM to make small fuel-efficient cars. This throws it into competition with the 20 automakers of Europe and Asia. If they could not make money with high margin large cars how on earth can they make money with low margin small cars? GM, Chrysler and Ford avoided small cars in the US for a good reason.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In fact, GM builds light small fuel efficient cars all around the globe. The European and Latin American divisions of GM do quite well. It seems that there is something bad about those big cars with estimated large margins. The fact is, that here in Germany the average Opel Corsa sells for about the same price as the average Chevrolet Colorado in the US.

        Chevrolets problems are not so much in the lineup but in the total incompetence for consolidating platforms, for scrapping redundant brands, for bringing essential products to essential brand. While Ford does best promoting the 2011 Ford Fiesta, GM still sells the cheapo Aveo insted of bringing in the FIAT Grande Punto based Corsa to the US. Instead of bringing the Astra family as a Chevrolet and killing of the Cobalt they try to sell it as Saturn.
      Dennis
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would anyone in their right mind buy a $12,000 (for example) Chevy over a $12,000 Toyota?? It just does not make sense. The Chevy interiors (even the newer ones) are bland, have poor-quality and use horrible materials. Then, we move into the midsize segment Malibu vs Camry/Accord/Altima... whoever picks the Malibu is just being ridiculous.

      Chevy will NOT be competitive or top-quality because they won't be able to lose their reputation for building pieces of sh*t with no quality at all. Hyundai pulled it off and I respect them, but Chevy..absolutely not.
      Stop
      • 5 Years Ago
      All of these models have Korean involvement in it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First they have to gain consumer confidence about the product AND the company. Once their new vehicles make it to the top ten "Recommended" list in Consumer Reports on an ongoing basis and the company becomes " financially stabilized" maybe we will see GM become successful and I must agree with poster, PJ, GM is shooting at - an ever improving - and moving target and not only are they Toyota & Honda but now Hyundai and even Kia.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Chevy will be competitive, top-quality brand in two years"



      Too little too late. Its not like the others brand are standing still....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey I believe it. If Toyota, Honda, and Ford can do it why not GM?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dannis, Apple was in the same area before Steve Jobs was hired back, they were great, than he was fired and Apple did one BS after another BS. So turnaround is possible.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dennis, there are 300 people in the building I work in. And there are only 3 "car guys". No one else in the building knows Ford is planning on bringing the Fiesta or the Euro Focus. And I'm not sure of the 3 that do know, how many of us care.

        It's unbelievable to me that a person could say that Ford has banked a lot of cred by something they haven't even done yet and only a few people know they are planning on doing.
        Dennis
        • 5 Years Ago
        Reputation. Ford's decision to bring the Euro Focus to the USA, along with the Fiesta and possibly the Mondeo is a great one and it helps their image. (Have you seen the Ford Kuga?!!) Ford has not taken bailout money yet and still has a good reputation, in my opinion. Honda & Toyota are in completely different leagues compared to GM and GM cannot rebuild its image, although they have always been known to build pieces of sh*t, so I'm not sure what they can do but I am confident they will not succeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am still waiting for the government to legislate us only to buy domestic cars. The only exemption would be for politicians who could still buy what ever they want.
      • 5 Years Ago
      False.....

      I hate the idea that everyone needs small cars. There are still families and people who like having a little larger car (my height is my main reason). However i agree tho that GM does not need 10 different forms of SUV's.

      This statement by GM isn't even true. There stuff in there pipeline is OK, nothing ground breaking like they say. Good design however they still don't get the material side of things like touch and feel.

      I think what many people don't know is that the same business that develops Audi's interiors make the interiors for the malibu, and other GM products. So once again all it comes down to is GM executives looking to make a buck rather than a great product.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dennis
      1:07PM (5/09/2009)
      Why would anyone in their right mind buy a $12,000 (for example) Chevy over a $12,000 Toyota?? It just does not make sense. The Chevy interiors (even the newer ones) are bland, have poor-quality and use horrible materials. Then, we move into the midsize segment Malibu vs Camry/Accord/Altima... whoever picks the Malibu is just being ridiculous.

      Chevy will NOT be competitive or top-quality because they won't be able to lose their reputation for building pieces of sh*t with no quality at all. Hyundai pulled it off and I respect them, but Chevy..absolutely not.
      --------------------------------

      Yea right, . . .
      That is why with GM at their lowest still sold 40,000 more cars then TOY ota who also lost over $1 billion bucks more then GM just last month.

      You riceballs are a crackup but what you miss is GM will recover and the riceball vendors here in the USA will not and why honda, nissan, etc all are losing their asses.
      Worse for you Americans understanding the crap you all have been pulling with your propaganda is they will turn their backs on buying anything from japan.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @darez (sorry I'm not typing that juvenile leet speak garbage),

        I would kill for things to go back to the way they were in the 60s and 70s. I'd LOVE to go out and buy an 85" Wide 396ci V8 RWD body-on-frame Chevy Impala that would tow my boat in style. I'd love to buy an RWD 455ci Rocket V8 powered Cutlass convertible. I'd love for cars to not look like anonymous jellybean garbage.
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