Chevrolet has just announced that a new minivan will make its way into the “Global Market,” which is the PC term for developing markets. In addition to announcing the upcoming debut, Chevy also teased us with a rather revealing image, for a teaser anyway.
This image depicts a minivan that boasts much bolder styling than your average people-hauling minivan. It features wrap-around headlights that come to a sharp point near the halfway point of the fenders. The windshield rakes rearward at a very shallow angle and its roofline actually has a slight curve to it. Really, this “minivan” looks closer to a crossover than an SUV.
Considering that the developing markets that Chevy has in its targets, Indonesia and Brazil, it is no wonder that it would bear the minivan classification instead of crossover. From personal experience, I can tell you that the term “crossover” is not a well-known one in Indonesia and only a handful of cars, including the Nissan Juke and Suzuki SX4 , bear that classification. We would assume much of the same is going on in Brazil.
The Spin will be available in both a five- and seven-seat capacity, but unlike American minivans, this one will boast hinged doors – again, bearing more resemblance to a crossover. To remain competitive in these developing markets and allow buyers to be able to fuel this new minivan, it will likely boast a sub-2.0-liter engine as its base level, with its smallest engine likely being the 141 PS (139 hp) 1.8-liter four-cylinder in the Chevy Orlando and Cruze .
Given its size and the fact that its closest competitor will be the 2.4-liter-powered Honda Odyssey, which is far smaller than the American Honda Odyssey , Chevy may offer it with an optional 171 PS (168 hp) 2.4-liter found in the Captiva SUV.
Chevy is set to fully unveil this upcoming minivan/crossover in the next few weeks and it’ll hit showroom floors early in 2013. We’ll update you once Chevy releases this additional info.
Click past the jump to read Chevy’s official presser.
13 June 2012
Chevrolet Spin Manufactured in Indonesia
JAKARTA, June 13, 2012 - Featured Products General Motors (GM) of Indonesia officially named the next Chevrolet Spin . Multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) seven passengers will begin to be produced at GM’s manufacturing facility in Jakarta, West Java, from early 2013.
Announcement of new vehicle models is carried out by GM Chief Executive Officer , and Akerson, the company’s annual meeting in Detroit, the United States.
The statement following the announcement of GM in August last year, where GM invested U.S. $ 150 million to reopen the factory facilities in Calcutta area of 11 hectares which will produce about 40,000 vehicles a year and opened 800 new jobs. GM Southeast Asia President , Martin Apfel , said the entry of Chevrolet Spin the Indonesian automotive market that is growing, built over 100 years history in producing a variety of Chevrolet’s best vehicles for its customers - exceeding their needs and desires.
"Spin Chevrolet is a charming small MPV, efficient and functional, as well as the only vehicle that offers a six-speed automatic transmission in its class. Spin offers affordable prices and - equally important - affordable to own. "
Spin Chevrolet offers five or seven seats, depending on vehicle configuration. Spin Chevrolet provides flexibility, handling like a sedan car, carrying capacity and fuel use is very economical with the appearance of the exterior thanks to a sturdy SUV and a wide view. In the interior, the cabin Chevrolet Chevrolet Spin describes the commitment to deliver more value than expected with various levels of execution detildan usually found on the type of vehicle is higher than the class.
Apfel added, "Indonesia is very pleased to be one of the world’s first market to introduce the all-new Chevrolet Spin. Spin Chevrolet vehicles will be produced for the people of Indonesia, and by the people of Indonesia. Spin Chevrolet vehicles will be the pride of Indonesia. " "The decision to reopen our factories in Calcutta is a continuation of GM’s commitment to maintaining a strong manufacturing base in Indonesia and Southeast Asia in producing various world-class products that will inspire consumers. It represents one of the most significant effort we have done in this area. " -finish-
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