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Chevrolet Cruze, Orlando, Volt & Camaro
At the 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile

New Chevrolet Cruze, front view.

New Chevrolet Cruze sedan, front side view.

All-new Chevrolet Cruze, back view.

Cruze, the all-new Chevrolet compact sedan.

25 September 2008.

Crisis is not a time for lamentation, since the latter can only deepen the former. As difficulties got global, even beyond the whole car industry, sooner or later, this crisis will start generating motivation, at least for those who are determined to succeed, not simply survive.

In this global climate, General Motors is one of those manufacturers who are determined to face hard times with the courage of preparing and showing the future, a very near future. For a brand which started the second centenary of its history, ups and downs are all déjà vu.

That's why GM's popular brand Chevrolet will participate in the 2008 Paris Motor Show (public days 4-19 October 2008) with several product proposals: the production version of the Volt, unveiled as part of GM’s centenary celebrations on September 16, the all-new Cruze four-door compact sedan, the Orlando seven-seat compact MPV, and the European premiere for production Camaro sports car. It might be worth noting that last year, Chevrolet sold over 457,000 cars in Europe.

Cruze - Chevrolet's all-new Cruze sedan makes its world premiere at the Mondial, revealing what GM describes as a dynamic four-door coupe, combining excitement and value.

Chevrolet Orlando sketch: front view.

Chevrolet Orlando: inside view.

Chevrolet Orlando sketch: back side view

Based on the Cruze, Orlando brings a new breed of SUV'd MPV.

On sale in Europe from March next year (followed by other global markets with regional-specific engine choices), Cruze features Chevrolet's new global design language. An arching roof-line extends from a steeply raked windshield to sloping rear pillars, down to a short rear deck, bringing coupe-like proportions to a compact sedan, with the wheels located at the outer edges of the body.

The profile is matched by bold front styling, with large headlamp housings that wrap around the front corners and sweep up into the fenders and sculpted hood. Other design themes include a concave shoulder line, the two-tier grille and a "wheels-out/body-in" stance.

Inside, Cruze features a 'twin cockpit' design motif, first introduced in the Corvette sports car. The interior uses grained surfaces, soft-touch materials and low gloss trim panels for a quality ambience.

Engines - At launch in Europe, Cruze will be available with 16-valve, 1.6-liter (82 kW/112 hp/110 bhp) and 1.8-liter (103 kW/140 hp/138 bhp) petrol (gasoline) engines featuring variable valve timing (VVT) on both inlet and exhaust sides, for more power and less fuel consumption and emissions. A new 2.0-liter turbo diesel will also be available, developing (148 bhp/ 150 hp/ 110 kW) and 320 Nm of torque. Five-speed manual gearboxes and an all-new automatic transmission, Chevrolet's first six-speed application in the compact segment, complete the powertrain menu.

Chevrolet Camaro RS: front view.

Chevrolet Camaro RS: dashboard and console view.

Chevrolet Camaro RS: back side view.

Based on the Cruze, Orlando brings a new breed of SUV'd MPV.

Orlando Show Car - Based on the Cruze compact sedan, the Orlando is Chevrolet’s first entry into the European seven-seat compact MPV market, with a seven-seat ‘theatre-style’ seating layout. It signals a production model based on the concept and expected to debut next year.

Orlando replaces conventional monocab proportions with a dynamic contrast between the hood and windshield lines. With flared fenders instead of a flat side-body, it brings a muscular stance like a sport utility vehicle, with easy entry thanks to its car-based architecture. 

Inside, the Orlando offers theatre-style seating in three rows that accommodate up to seven occupants. The cabin can also be turned into a large cargo area. A generous 2760 mm wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks provide Orlando's interior roominess.

Volt's European premiere The production-ready version of the Chevrolet Volt E-REV (Extended-Range Electric Vehicle) illustrates GM’s commitment to providing viable low emissions motoring.

Chevrolet Volt becomes a reality... soon.

Chevrolet Volt becomes a reality... soon.

Powered normally by an electric motor, but with a petrol engine to operate as a generator when the battery is depleted, the Volt can travel up to 40+ miles (64+ km) with no exhaust tailpipe emissions whatsoever (when travelling electrically).

Unlike conventional electric cars, which have a limited range, the Volt’s additional petrol engine means that the car can continue to run once the battery is discharged, as the engine then generates power to boost the battery that powers the electric motor.

The Volt is a full-size four-seater sedan that does not compromise on luggage and passenger space. Production begins in 2010.

Camaro's European premiere - The production Camaro makes its show debut at Paris, and features modern styling that is faithful to that of the original 1967 Camaro – a car with a very important place in the history of American motoring.

Camaro sales begin in the USA next year, with European sales following in 2010. The show car features a 400PS (395 bhp, 294 kW), 6.2-litre V8 engine.

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