has any real hope of emerging from
as a newly-viable automaker, it's going to need stellar products that will allow it to compete on a level playing field in every segment of the market it plays in. Of course, that's going to include small cars, and the current
doesn't stand a chance against newer, more desirable models like the
, and the upcoming
(not to mention possible Fiat-based small cars from
). Execs at
realize this fact just like the rest of us, which is what makes the automaker's recent announcement that it will
build a new small car here in the U.S.
In a speech to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit last week,
showed off some slides that included references to future GM products, and Todd Lassa from
noticed a new model called the Viva. Could this perhaps be the next mainstream small car from
? If so, the Viva probably wouldn't be built on an existing
platform (as is the case with the current
hatchback), and would likely need to be a slightly larger upmarket model if it's going to make any profit being built in the States and sell anywhere near the 160,000 figure that GM bandied about last week. Stay tuned.