International Chevrolet cars: Detroit 2013
  • International Chevrolet cars: Detroit 2013
  • Chevrolet Sail

  • International Chevrolet cars: Detroit 2013
  • Chevrolet Onix

  • International Chevrolet cars: Detroit 2013
  • Chevrolet Trax

  • International Chevrolet cars: Detroit 2013
  • Chevrolet Orlando

  • International Chevrolet cars: Detroit 2013
  • Chevrolet Spin

When the Detroit Auto Show opens to the public next week, we're sure the Chevrolet booth will get plenty of attention thanks to the all-new Corvette and Silverado, but visitors will also be able to see a handful of cars not even available in the US. A day after introducing us to a new global marketing campaign titled "Find New Roads," General Motors has announced that it will be bringing five popular global products to the Chevy stand in Detroit to "show off the depth of Chevrolet's global product lineup."

Although it isn't clear what sort of play General Motors has in mind by bringing international products to Detroit, we do know that the five products will be the Chevrolet Spin, Onix, Sail, Orlando and Trax. In terms of which car we could see coming here, if any, it would probably be the Spin – a small people mover (pictured above) currently sold in China and South America. The Orlando and Trax have already been shot down for US consumption, the Sail is a small sedan riding on the same platform as the Spark and Sonic and the recently introduced Onix is planned to be a Brazil-only vehicle.

We'll have to wait until next week to see what kind of plans Chevy has for these products in regards to the US market, but until then, you can see each of the five cars above and read more in the press release posted after the jump.
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Chevrolet Puts the International in NAIAS 2013
Five global vehicles among 38 on display at North American International Auto Show


DETROIT – Chevrolet will showcase its global portfolio offered in 140 countries during the North American International Auto Show next week. For the first time, the Onix, Spin, Trax, Sail and Orlando – five models developed and sold outside the United States – will be included.

Two all-new Chevrolets -- the 2014 Silverado and the Corvette – also will debut at the show.

"NAIAS kicks off the global auto show season and gives us a unique opportunity to show off the depth of Chevrolet's global product lineup," said Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development. "The appearance of these five global vehicles further reinforces Chevrolet's commitment to tailor vehicles to our customers' needs around the world."

The following will be displayed on the second floor of Chevrolet's exhibit.

Trax: All-new Small Sport Utility Vehicle
The Trax is Chevrolet's entry into the growing small SUV segment and is designed to deliver the flexibility, fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require. A muscular exterior design and wide stance is complemented by interior details executed to standards usually found in more expensive vehicles.

Trax has room for five passengers and class-leading cargo space, Mexico and Canada were the first markets to sell the crossover in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Orlando: Redefining Family Transportation
Orlando's design – part MPV, part crossover – breaks the rules of a historically conservative segment, offering an alternative to many family vans and crossovers on the market. Orlando can transport up to seven people in comfort and is expected to deliver the best fuel efficiency of any non-hybrid seven-passenger vehicle.

The Chevrolet Orlando is produced by General Motors South Korea and was launched in Canada in October 2011.

Sail: Developed in China for Emerging Markets
The new Sail is a small car designed for young Chinese families who want an affordable, spacious, durable and safe vehicle with good fuel economy. The Sail offers a choice of class-leading 1.2-liter S-TEC II and 1.4-liter S-TEC III engines.

The Sail was the first passenger car created in China by a Sino-foreign joint venture. It was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center. In addition to being sold in China, the Sail is exported to emerging markets such as Chile, Peru and Bolivia. It is manufactured and shipped in kits for assembly in India, Colombia and Ecuador.

Spin: Compact MPV for the Urban Motorist
The Spin, which will be manufactured at GM's facility in Bekasi, Indonesia, and will go on sale in Thailand and Indonesia in 2013 is a seven-passenger MPV designed with a compact footprint for the congested confines of urban consumers.

Onix: Small Hatchback Tailored for Brazil
The all-new Onix, a small hatchback debuted at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in October 2012. It offers five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and a choice of 1.0-liter and 1.4-liter engines, both equipped to run on 100 percent ethanol or a flex -fuel mixture of gasoline and ethanol. It features Bluetooth capability along with the Chevrolet MyLink system, a segment first in Brazil, that allows the user to bring songs, photos, videos and mobile phone applications for display on a seven-inch color LCD screen.

Onix is offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, each of which can be customized in "Joy," "Race," and "24 Hours" themes with adhesives and appliques with. Off-the-shelf art is also available.

The Onix is produced at Gravataí in Rio Grande do Sul and went on sale in Brazil in November last year.

In addition to the five global vehicles, Chevrolet will debut the 2014 Corvette and Silverado.

The 2014 Corvette delivers more power, more driving excitement and better fuel efficiency than its predecessors. Click here for more information and video content about the seventh-generation Corvette.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is new from hood to hitch and is engineered to be the strongest, smartest, and most capable Silverado ever. Among the many updates for 2014 are a new trio of powerful, efficient EcoTec3 engines; a stronger, quieter, more comfortable cab; revised steering, suspension and brakes; ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed and true truck capability for towing and hauling.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a shame that the Orlando & Trax are "already shot down for US consumption". These truly are the two standouts of the five vehicles shown. I know people think that the Orlando is bland, but in person, it looks really clean and well-designed. And, without something like a Cruze wagon or hatch available, this model could really find a decent number of buyers if marketed correctly. The Trax, as mentioned by someone here earlier, is the PERFECT vehicle to slot below the Equinox in Chevy's crossover lineup. I'd bet that the subcompact crossover market (below Equinox, CR-V, Escape, Rav4) really takes off and that each of those companies has an offering in the next three-to-five years. Chevy should take advantage of having the development of the Trax completed and get a strong foothold here before the others get off the ground. The Sail (a sub-Sonic sedan?) could take the crown of "lowest-price car sold in America" and I guess it would be like a renewal of the Geo/Chevy Metro idea, with the Onix being similar in concept, but neither being a good idea. The Spin seems like a poorly executed idea, I'm sorry to say. Without seeing it in person, it looks to be a competitor for the Honda Fit in size, only much more unattractive. I appreciate the idea of small, versatile options from domestic automakers, but again, the Orlando & Trax are the right choices.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's cool, only in that you get see some cars up close that you otherwise wouldn't get to.
      • 2 Years Ago
      My opinion: There is no way -- none -- that we don't eventually get the Trax in the U.S., regardless of any GM denials. The minute they get a Traverse-look updated front end for it, it'll come. Why? Because the Encore will sell, and the Chevy dealers, who have strength in sheer numbers, will have a conniption and scream at Detroit for their own version. Remember when the Lambdas launched without a Chevy variant? That didn't last.
      • 2 Years Ago
      With the Orlando and Trax out, the only other one that appears different for a market is the Onix. The Sail and Spin look like yesterdays leftovers.
      Jackie Ashley Wolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I, as an Argentinian, have to stand those FUGLY Spin's being used as Highway Patrol Cars for this 2013 Summer season. It's a bloody pain in the eyes. This, and the Agile, as well as the Brazilian Cobalt, are horrid turds! That Sail looks as boring as a 1999 Toyota Platz, and it's even using the name of its previous generation, which was a reworked 1994 Opel Corsa (we're still bearing that piece of garbage over here). Uhh I hope the Orlando never comes (well, with the Spin around we wouldn't have it anyway), it's just another bit of Daewoo's offspring, like the Lacetti/Cruze or the Sonic, or the Matiz/Spark. The Onix is coming over here and although its design is acceptable, it is a bloody ripoff of the Volkswagen Gol Trend. Then there's the Trax. Sorry, but although its engines might be class-leading in the small CUV segment, it's lightyears behind the Ford EcoSport, and will be so forever, just like (locally speaking) the Sonic is well behind the MkVII Fiesta. All in all, there's NO need for GM to showcase that Third-World garbage in any US autoshow, only because I feel sorry for you Americans for having to stand such insults to car design, car quality, and car safety.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds illogical to me. Then again logic is NOT as common in this industry as one might think.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope we don't bail them out again. Cheap cheap cheap cheap cheap.
        Jason Krumvieda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        I am sorry, I read North American International Auto Show. Not Brazil Auto Show. My original comment stands, Chevy isn't bringing the A game.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason Krumvieda
          Funny, I read North American Internationsl Auto Show, not North American Domestic Auto Show. If you object to these cars being shown, don't look at them. What is it with Americans who are offended when told of anything occuring outside their borders? It's the same when people complain whenever there is a story on Autoblog about cars sold outside the United States. Pitiful, really.
        Alistair Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        It's for 3rd world countries. You can't expect they could sell many expensive high quality cars over there. In my country alone, majority of population can't even afford ford fiesta. That's why car like spin, onix, and sail exist.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chevrolet on display. Direct from points all over the world. Message? Get used to Chevrolets in the USA being designed and built elsewhere. This company is being run by idiots.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Amen to that man
        • 2 Years Ago
        being designed/built in the USA doesnt necessarily mean better. A few years ago it meant the exact opposite unless you were buying trucks. World manufacturing and design have done wonders to NA brands, GM, Ford, and Chrysler have all seen strong benefits from Euro-designed Focuses, Cruzes, Darts, etc. I think that is a smart business plan - no longer do we get the warm sloppy seconds of sharp Euro designed cars that we have always pined over.
          • 2 Years Ago
          We did get the E1XX platform from Opel. What do you think of the new Malibu?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't one of those sold as the Buick Encore.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those are five of the ugliest, sad, sorry little cars GMDesign's ever allowed to make production.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good lord those are some ugly cars. I can see why they're not sold in the US.
        • 2 Years Ago
      Don G
      • 2 Years Ago
      No thanks x4. Cruze Diesel wagoin please.
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