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Rumor has it that General Motors won't be selling the new seven-passenger Orlando here in the United States come 2011, or ever for that matter. According to Automotive News, GM has said that it will be skipping the people-mover in order to focus its attention on the models Chevrolet currently sells. Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet's product marketing director for small cars and crossovers, said that the company's current portfolio easily takes care of any family's needs.

While buyers in Canada, Europe and Asia will still be able to buy the new Orlando as scheduled, GM has decided to increase production of the Equinox, Traverse and Malibu here in the U.S. to make up for the missing model. The move is still somewhat of a shock, especially considering how hard GM was pushing the Orlando as part of its new product lineup just one year ago.

The decision to drop the Orlando does make sense, though. Despite the fact that the vehicle was based on the much smaller Cruze platform, it would be elbowing its way into an already packed showroom dominated by the likes of the popular Equinox. Those needing a little more space for their brood or luggage can still easily step up to a Traverse.

Meanwhile, Automotive News reports that the Cruze is still scheduled to begin production later this year.

[Source: Automotive News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Bad call on Reuss's part. This vehicle is priced under the Chevy Equinox and should be made here in North America. It can compete the the Mazda 5 and the new Ford mini-minivan as well.
      GM really needs to think this out carefully. You need a small seven passenger vehicle that gets good gas mileage and with the price of gasoline these days, this vehicle is certainly needed in the Chevy line up, after all "Excellence for All!"

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is by no means the first time Chevrolet would do different things for Canada and the USA, but normally it's been lower-profile models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is wrong with GM, what are they thinking? Its these kind of choices that will be the final end of GM sooner or later
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good idea! Looked at a new Traverse last weekend with an MSRP of $48000, when I opened the door the seat was falling apart---what is a person to think? Not to mention what the steering wheel felt like!
        • 5 Years Ago
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        • 5 Years Ago
        I have never seen a Traverse with a sticker price even close to that high, even on LTZ models.

        You were drunk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Checking every option on a Traverse LTZ AWD yeilds an MSRP of $44,815. That includes the dual-panel sunroof thingo and the ridiculous $3400 nav+rear entertainment system. I think you're full of crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Somebody at GM should have thought about the potential overlap between existing and new models a LOOOONG time ago in the Orlando/Cruze/Delta product development cycle.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Orlando (or-lan'-do): A: a city located in the United States in the state of Florida. B: a small MPV type vehicle made by Chevrolet named after a city in the United States sold everywhere except the United States.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know why I'm surprised or even why I care enough anymore to write a comment about this... but I am just completely baffled by the business practices at GM. They go and make an interesting small crossover thingamajig that isn't the standard vanilla boring run-of-the-mill small crossover thingamajig that everyone else is making then say 'People of the US, thanks for the loans and the bankruptcy help and stuff but we're not gonna sell this cool new car here, we'll just make more of the old crap for ya.'
      Even if it they did sell it in the US, 18 months would go by and the same car would have 5 different badges on it and then it would be the same as the old crap we're currently getting so I guess it's a scratch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM, bring the Orlando to the US!

      Families want an affordable 7 passenger people mover cross over that is not a big sliding door mini-van, or a high riding CUV, or SUV.

      Equinox only seats 5. Even if it did seat 7 its still a CUV.
      Traverse, seats 7 passengers but its much to big for many people.

      You will be losing sales to the Mazda5 and Ford C-Max.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I take this as a sure sign that GM plans to build the Volt based CUV shown earlier this week. Albeit doesn't seat 7, it would have represented too much overlap at the small end of the lineup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      mmmmmm id love to see a new Kingswood Estate..with Glide Away tailgate
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am guessing that this is how the new GM will operate and I think I is a good move. Building a car isn't free. I costs boat loads of cash to tool up a line/factory to build a new vehicle. In the past, GM would throw money at every and all niches, seemingly without considering whether they could sell enough to recover the investment. They goal was sales leadership, not profitability. I imagine they decided it would cost more to bring the Orlando online for the US than any profit it would return. If they sell it in Canada it may be sourced from a plant elsewhere in the world that only has capacity for the Canadian market and not the US. If a new factory was required for the US market, it looses economic sense. In the future, I expect GM to make similar decisions instead of the shotgun approach they have used in the past.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great comment on GM dropping the Orlando.

      By Cjen #3, Posted: 6/4/2010

      Once again GM seeks to ram extraordinarily expensive "family" crossovers (ie Equinox) down the throats of already massively cash strapped families. Here was an excellent opportunity to show America that GM has finally gained and understanding of why so many of our citizens remain enraged with this company. Their near demise has done nothing to eliminate the view that "GM" continues to stand for "Gouge Monster." The Orlando had the chance to deliver true value, versatility and usability at a price a significant majority of persons could afford to pay. Well, another shortsighted decision.

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