new labor contract
with the UAW
has been out
for some time
, it took some snooping on the part of Automotive News
to find out that one of the models set to be produced at the General's Hamtramck, Mich. plant will be a new seven-seat people mover. The imaginative codename for the new model is the MPV-7, which will find inspiration from the next generation Opel
Zafira. According to AN
's sources, it will sport a more manly exterior, with a box shape to make room for a "unique interior."
replacement will carry a Chevrolet
emblem at first, with a Saturn-badged variant to follow. Pricing is expected to be in the upper-$20k to $30,000 realm and GM plans to sell 100,000 units annually, both in the U.S. and Europe. If Ford
decides to bring the S-Max from across the pond, this could be the beginning of a competitive segment here in the States.
[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]