• Mar 19th 2010 at 12:57PM
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General Motors
has given the green light to produce a new small sedan at its Uzbekistan YoAJ joint-venture facility. The sedan, expected to be slightly longer than the Spark pictured above, will be engineered in Brazil and sold in smaller, emerging markets.

The upcoming sedan is part of a family of GM products in a class that the company refers to as global small vehicles for emerging markets. The initial launch will include a sedan-only body, with the possibility for a hatchback variant a couple years from now. Hatchback availability will be determined by individual market demand.

GM states that the small sedan will be priced to compete with other low-cost brands. According to Ward's Auto, production should begin by the end of 2012 with a release date by early 2013. Target markets include Mexico, South Africa, Middle Eastern nations, Uzbekistan, Russia, with more to follow.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I know Americans love sedans, but most of the world prefer their small cars in hatchback form. The initial launch should be the hatchback, with the possibility for a sedan variant later.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. And hatchbacks are much more versatile, which I imagine would appeal to someone in an emerging market looking to buy their first car.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The should add north america to that list a car like this would be able to take on the $9k specails from Nissan and Hyundai/Kia. It just seems like it would make sense to offer it in as many places as possible to bring the costs of designing it down, unless they are planning on making it so unsafe that it couldnt possibly sold here then I cant see them not making a profit on it.
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