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General Motors has grand plans to launch several new models that are aimed at supplying the company with at least one efficient model for each of its core brands within the next three years. Though we've reported on the upcoming launches of every model on the list, confirmation from company sources gives credence to the rumors that have swirled around regarding a few of the vehicles slated for future debut.

According to a report in Automotive News (sub. req.), which cites sources within GM, execs within The General firmly believe that gas prices will eventually rise above that $4 mark reached back in 2008 and they want to be prepared for the looming increase that will send buyers scurrying to swoop up more fuel-efficient models. To that end, GM has crafted a lineup that will meet the demand of fuel-conscious buyers. For Chevrolet, the remodeled Aveo subcompact will debut in mid-2011, followed by the Spark minicar in 2012. Buick will introduce the Verano compact car in 2012 and possibly a LaCrosse hybrid shortly thereafter. Cadillac will focus more on fuel efficiency with its compact ATS model scheduled for 2013. Even GMC will get in on the action with the 2013 introduction of the Granite, a small hatchback with radical styling. With so many compact, efficient vehicles coming soon, GM appears to be more than ready for the day when gas prices spike up once again.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The idea of the US government starting its own car company is too funny for words. Few if any companies are as inefficient as a bloated bureaucracy I would suggest our current administration focus on their constitutionally mandated responsibilities first. Also, a balanced budget would be nice, we haven't had one for 9 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the only car here worth mention is the Cadillac ATS. A domestic 3 series fighter is very welcomed.

      Aveo? blah. Who knows, maybe it'll improve.. but it's still a rebadged daewoo.
      Spark? Maybe, but why 4 doors? seems... self defeating. Americans won't fit in that, why bother making a car that's *slightly* smaller than the aveo? go big or go home and make a 2 seater aka smart car!
      Verano looks like a rebadged Cruze. Blah.
      GMC Granite looks cool as hell, but GMC is a funny nameplate to have a car like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, you know your stuff. rating you up. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new Aveo was designed from the ground up using GM's new Gamma II platform. The current Gamma platform underpins the Opel Corsa and several Fiat/Alfa Romeo sub-compact cars. Daewoo is now just another division of GM.. so any brand new car that comes from the Daewoo studios is designed as a Chevrolet vehicle first and is 100% GM and not a rebadged anything.

        As for the Spark.. it's a city car. Aveo is sub-compact. It's slightly smaller than the current Aveo but not the new one which is growing in size to fill the void left by the Cobalt. There is no overlap there.

        The Buick Verano is a restyled Opel Astra sedan.. Other than the basic platform, it shares very little with the Cruze.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "execs within The General firmly believe that gas prices will eventually rise above that $4 mark reached back in 2008 and they want to be prepared for the looming increase that will send buyers scurrying to swoop up more fuel-efficient models."

      I was just thinking about this . . . and I finally figured out GM's Volt pricing strategy. GM really believes that we are going to see higher gas prices in the next 3 years. And that is why they are leasing the Volt. They feel that the value of the Volt will go up as gas prices go up. Thus, it is better to lease them now and sell them later. That is why they have a high sales price but a low lease price. If gas is $5/gallon 3 years from now, they'll probably be able to sell any lease trade-ins relatively easily.

      It is an interesting strategy. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Naw. No conspiracy theories. Just supply & demand. Decreased supply since Cantarell peaked, the North Sea peaked, Saudi has been flat, Chavez is failing to invest, USA continues to decline, etc. . . . and increased demand since China continues to grow, India grows, oil usage by the oil exporters grows, etc. It all amounts to an oil crunch in the coming years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds logical Spec. Perhaps the oil corp execs had a energy summit with Joe Biden and developed a strategy that would allow for higher prices of oil in the future say 2 or 3 years. This of course would be the opposite of Cheney's summit with the oil execs in 2001 to keep oil prices low in the future, ergo vehicles big. If things took the same bizarro turns, we may be looking at $1.10/gal for petrol by 2017.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ok idea except if they were aware this would happen then a handful of Volts wont save them from total disaster on all their other products which outnumber the Volt a hundred fold?
        so no they are not thinking. the pricing of the Volt is pure shortsighted greed and they figure they can set the price even 7500$ higher because us gov pay that and they can.

        yet another example of gov trying to help big business and big business just abuse the help any way they can.

        the only way to do this right is to start a government owned car maker that builds the right cars or issue an ultimatum to the carmakers that they have to do it or we will.

        but Obama and Chu are clueless
      • 5 Years Ago
      they are right to expect peak oil but only lean electric will be adequate preparation
      and you're too late GM
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know this car as "Suzuki Splash" here in Germany, or as Opel, and both are made in a factory in Hungary. And its available in Germany as "STROMOS" with battery-electric drive system made by german-e-cars (please googel for more infos).
      I had the chance to drive it over the Brenner and the Jaufen-Pass at the Austrian Alps last week at the e-miglia-rallye. There are lots of pictures on the e-miglia web-sites and in "my" NEWS at http://www.solarmobil.net
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