7 seats Chevy Opel coming
Rumor has Chevrolet with a new compact cross-over seating seven passengers, to be built in the U.S.A. at the Hamtramck Assembly Plant in Michigan. It’s code named the MPV-7, but it is actually an Opel, based on the upcoming Opel Aafira, due to be released as a 2009 model in Germany. Price is expected to be from the high $20,000 to low $30,000 range, depending on equipment. Anticipated production is 100,000 per year.
Should Chevy actually pull that off, it would vastly exceed the production levels of the last van-like vehicle with the bowtie, the Venture mini-van.
Styling is expected to be more masculine than that of the Opel, no doubt in an effort to counteract the sissy styling for which German cars are known. (Hey – they say it will have more “manly” styling. What other inference can be drawn?) Saturn may also get a version, which continues on of the major unanswered questions at General Motors?
Why is there a Saturn if everything they sell is also a Chevy?