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?

Source: TheTorqueReport

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tango  (372) posted on 11.13.2007

Well there’s always time for this US-built Opel to be badged as a Saturn instead of a Chevy. If I understand GM’s plan correctly, the aim is to sell Euro models as Saturns, but they didn’t say others (like Pontiac with the Solstice) won’t get a break off of one or two. In the case of an MPV I think sharing wouldn’t be such a bad idea. The MPV market is pretty soft right now and they may need the marketing push that Chevy affords. But if they do build this car in the US then it would signal the start of something I have always insisted was possible. For US manufacturers to be able to build the same car on either side of the Atlantic. I mean, Chevy can build the Silverado on both sides of the Niagara River as well as both sides of the Rio the marginally more water in the Atlantic shouldn’t be a problem. LOL.

pdaix  (431) posted on 11.13.2007

After a discussion with GM chief designer we had confirmation that GM plans to bring a couple of models untouched from their European branch. The first official one is the Saturn Astra (ex Opel).

The new chief of design comes directly from Europe and will obviously be pushing for more European styling at GM in the coming years.

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