• Jul 1, 2010
2009 Chevrolet Orlando concept - Click above for high-res gallery

During a marathon presentation on Tuesday, General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens showed off slides of a new family van based on the company's compact car platform. The van and other vehicles were shown as part of the session detailing a new Chevrolet SUV, a compact car concept and a three-row Buick van for the Chinese market. The images shown were not released to journalists.

While executives were intentionally vague about the new van, the production version of the Chevrolet Orlando immediately springs to mind, as it would seem to fit that description. Based on product-man Stephens' assertion that the van will launch soon in multiple markets around the world, the Cruze-based Orlando seems a logical assumption. The Cruze is already on sale in Europe and Asia, so production kinks have been smoothed, and a platform variant seems like the most likely step. Worldwide markets have plenty of MPV options, and the Orlando slots right in. GM's moves have defied logic in the past, but CEO Ed Whitacre characterized yesterday's presentation as an introduction of a new GM. We've heard talk like this before, of course, but maybe this time they mean it.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it a HRC High Roof Cruze, use it as a replacement for the HHR and help push the volume of Cruze sales numbers for future bragging rights in the US
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a good product if priced right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the right marketing behind it, I really think a vehicle like this could sell in some pretty big numbers. Doesn't quite have the stigma of a minivan, but has almost as much room. Also people are looking for more efficient vehicles, and a small van like this should be lots more efficient than an SUV and possibly even a CUV.

      Too bad most reports state that we won't get the Orlando in the US, but ya never know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this Mazda5 competitor should do quite well if GM sells it in the US as a Chevy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      #1 side mirrors on SUV's and crossovers should be made easy to replace cause people so easily break em off.

      #2 i like the look of this mini, but the LED's are so quickly getting played out its not funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still remains to be determined if the new GM has actually shed the destructive old GM ways. The constant managerial and ad campaign shifts are not a good sign, but if they actually start delivering good products to fill all the holes that will be a good sign.

      This vehicle should help their foreign market lines, but definitely cannot be called the Orlando when/if it is actually produced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still think the styling morphs a Mitsubishi with Audi. Not that that's a bad thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Vans have sliding doors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny How they change from concept to production...
      I wish car manufactures found a way to be more faithful to their designers
      • 4 Years Ago
      The name Orlando is pathetic!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those air dam disco lights are perfect for a car named "tony ORLANDO & dawn".
      • 4 Years Ago
      or maybe it is the Opel/Buick Meriva... Let's hope that one instead of something as ugly in looks and name as the Orlando....
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