According to Australian site CarSales.com.au, General Motors North American boss, Mark Reuss, has expressed high interest in creating a small, rear-wheel-drive coupe to rival the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. If something like this ever came to production, it could take the shape of the Chevrolet Code 130R concept car (pictured) that debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show.

"It's on the list. It would be a great entry for us," Reuss told CarSales.com.au, adding, "I don't know if they (Toyota) are making any money but it is a very attractive car."

A production version of the 130R would likely ride on a small, rear-drive platform like GM's Alpha architecture, which currently underpins the Cadillac ATS and will eventually be used in the next Chevrolet Camaro. "We would do something with the knowledge of Alpha and the background, but we wouldn't take Alpha and try and shrink it," said Reuss.

We've heard faint whispers about exactly this scenario previously, and the fact that it's still on the table is a good sign. Of course, if development hasn't started yet and a project like this gets the green light, there's no telling how far off a small, rear-drive coupe from GM could be. And considering how popular the Scion and Subaru twins have proven (at least in their early life), GM would be wise to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later.


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      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a FR-S owner I'm excited about more companies building small RWD coupes. I hope Ford gets in the game as well. Competition just makes things better for everyone!
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      They already tried to make a mini-Corvette before, it was called the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky. Small, RWD, decent power. It failed though. Styling was fine, but it was impractical, mediocre fuel economy, not all that cheap, and handling was so-so at best. Hopefully this attempt will be better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
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          C-Dog
          • 1 Year Ago
          Have you ever driven a Sky or Solstice? It had the body intergrity of an over cooked noodle.
      T-Mille
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone's gonna hate it. You know why? Because it's a GM product.
        BOXER
        • 1 Year Ago
        @T-Mille
        You read my mind..I hate it...LOL! Seriously it's just not working for me. I think it will be a love/hate relationship. Who will buy this GM employees for their kids?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should have kept the Solstice\Sky as a Chevy.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Yes, and they should have put it on a diet - was about 300 lbs too heavy.
      Dr. Aquafresh
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 130R was easily my favorite concept from last year's NAIAS.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least GM have the balls to go RWD. Are you paying attention Ford?
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they want to go through all of that R&D expense just to get buyers who would otherwise be shopping for the V6 Camaro? Perhaps it could work if built to sell primarily many overseas markets, but looking at the US market, I fail to see the business case for it.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Rather than aslightly smaller 2+2, I'd rather see one of the big 3 go after the Miata with a small two seater. Specifically, I think it's high time for an affordable, lightweight, mid engine sportscar. There's plenty of transverse FWD powerplants that could be used.
      BryanGx
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a world of four-door coupes, that thing looks like a two-door sedan.
      vikonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      We need more cars like these. Make them affordable so everyone can experience the fun of driving. They won't be perfect, I'm sure they'll have flaws, but we need them regardless...
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately, since this is GM, they will somehow manage to screw it up.
        dtyree77
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S.
        I'd like to imagine it will be the size of a BRZ but weight 4.5k lbs and have the suspension and transmission from the Colorado in it along with the interior space of the Solstice. I'd argue I have some small evidence to back up my claims. The sad part is GM doesn't the fact that there are lots of educated buyers who won't buy a car on looks alone - it needs to drive well and perform well.
          dtyree77
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dtyree77
          Also with the finest quality mouse-fur seats!
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as the previous cycle of ever-increasing weight, cost, and power doesn't repeat. Competition is usually positive but sometimes it can destroy unique niche vehicles by the slow creep of mainstream-ness.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is going to be the next-gen Camaro. The next Camaro is suppose to move to the ATS platform which will shrink its size and weight. In the end, its great that GM and Nissan has said they will enter this segment. The more cars in this category the better.
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