• Feb 6, 2011
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General Motors has big plans for the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. At the exposition opening this week, GM will unveil a pair of new vehicles, although details on what form they'll take remain scarce.

The news comes from reports quoting GM's North American president Mark Reuss. All he's revealed at this point is that one of the two cars will be based on the Chevrolet Camaro's platform. That tells us it will be a front-engine/rear-drive vehicle, but little else. So, commence speculation: Camaro Z28? Chevy Zeta-platform sedan? (Which we think should be called Chevelle, because hey, if Dodge can call its sedan Charger...)

As for the second car slated for the Windy City salon, your guess is as good as ours. So we'll just have to sit tight and see what the General has got in store for us.



Photos copyright ©2011 Zach Bowman / AOL

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't the Chevelle be based on the cts coupe. If they make a four door chevelle it is not a chevelle. If they do that make a whole new name for the vechile
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah. cause there was never ever such a thing as a Chevelle sedan ever. just because no one keeps them around and restores them doesn't mean they never existed.

        try educating yourself before you make yourself look like an idiot. you have nearly unlimited stores of knowledge literally at your fingertips... but can't be bothered to be intellectually curious enough to confirm something as simple as "Chevelle Sedan" before letting your willful ignorance be known to everyone.

        http://www.yearone.com/updatedsinglepages/Id_info/chevelle/chevelleprodnums.asp

        the same applies to this supposedly informed author who not only displays ignorance but then is a smart-ass about his *incorrect* assumptions.
        • 3 Years Ago
        We had two Chevelle sedans in the family. A 1967 hardtop and a 1972. I can still remember the new-car-smell of that '72 :-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      ::sarcasm:: GM should be shot for spending our money on new models , they shouldnt even be alllowed to go to the auto show , advertise or come out with new models until we have been paid back ::sarcasm::

      I just couldnt resist because Im surprised some idiot hasnt posted a comment like that yet.

      Im betting the house on the "hi-performance edition" Camaro and the Malibu . With 2 wildcards . The production XTS or a elipson2 based Impala concept . Outside of those 4 , it would be a total surprise.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it's the Zeta Chevy, don't just slap a bowtie on a Pontiac G8 and call it done. Give it the Chevrolet styling cues that appear in the Cruze and in the 2012 Malibu. Sort of like Chevy's version of the Art and Science design theme. Call it the Biscayne or the Belair. I'd guess that the other one is either the Malibu or the Spark.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A new RWD Impala on the Zeta platform?
      • 3 Years Ago
      New Cadillac? Hopefully it will have a V variant?... SRX-V?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guarantee one of the debuts is the new 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. And the other could be the new 2012 Caprice.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't be surprised if its a LHD VE Commodore SS Sedan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Grand National?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm calling a G8 GXP replacement offering from Chevorlet. That is a huge hole that needs to be filled and the market for 4 door sports sedans has to be growing.

      A GXP Wagon would be inssaaaaaane.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Camaro is getting shifted to the smaller/lighter ATS-platform in a couple of years, so I kind of doubt that they would introduce a whole new car based on a platform on its way out (kind of).

      So that tells me that its gotta be a version of an existing car... so its gotta be the Camaro Z28.

      And GM said in the past that the Malibu's redesign was getting pushed forward, so the other car has to be the next-gen Malibu.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Although GM has been silent about it recently, GM did confirm the 2012 Z-28 would be Alpha-chassis based as recently as May
        http://www.egmcartech.com/2010/05/28/stracke-is-gms-new-lutz-says-z28-coming-caddy-going-for-bmw-next-camaro-to-go-alpha/
        • 3 Years Ago
        When has a company confirmed ANY product before it gets released? It just doesn't happen. And this is not exclusive to the car biz.

        The Solstice/Sky were phenomenal designs (stylistically), but you are correct, they were not great engineering products... and their weight wasn't the only things wrong with them. Then again, if you look at how much a Z convertible weighs, the Solstice wasn't really that heavy. Its when it was compared to the MUCH smaller Miata that it was considered a pig.

        Also remember that the Corvette is a rather lightweight vehicle compared to cars it competes with... so you win some, you lose some when it comes to lightweight GM designs.

        The CTS might not be a lightweight, but its also a high-content luxury vehicle (as well as being quite a performer of course)... compared to other luxury cars, its not considered "heavy" in this day and age. The CTS is ~3800, the new 5-series is ~4100 lbs (and its only slightly larger than the CTS).
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are reports the Z/28 is slated for a Chicago reveal and I'd imagine the new Malibu is the other car. Isn't Chicago traditionally where manufacturers roll out their bread and butter sedans to the Midwesterners?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The all new Malibu is confirmed for the. 2012 model year. Guess your not on here much.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Z28 is the worst-kept "secret" in Detroit at the moment. That's almost certainly the "Camaro-based" car in question. But I don't think the Malibu is due to be replaced for something like 3 years yet, though I suppose it could be a mid-cycle refresh. (The next Impala is kind of seriously overdue, though.) But I'd bet on the second car being the little Buick.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't they make 3 limited production models call the new FWD impala the Celebrity, which historically was a FWD car the lumina replaced, make a Chevelle RWD to go alongside the malibu with retro chevelle styling, then make a impala/caprice off a larger platform with a 5 or 6 passenger option like the current Impala and do the same for the chevelle and Buick gets a version of both the Chevelle and Impala with the Electra for the full size and centurion for the midsize.
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