By on January 27, 2009

Yesterday’s announcement that the on-again, off-again, on-again Cadillac CTS Coupe was off-again provided yet more proof that GM’s product plans remain as they were before the company put its tail between its legs and headed to D.C. for bailout billions: chaos. Of course, the Caddy-related coupe-i-cide comes hard on the heels of GM Marketing Maven Mark LaNeve’s announcement that the automaker still hasn’t decided what to do with Pontiac. Or HUMMER. Or Saab. Not to mention Saturn. Now you can add Chevrolet to the list. The Motor Authority reports that the bloom is back on the on-again, off-again, on-again Chevrolet Orlando. “General Motors has confirmed that it will bring a production version of last year’s Chevrolet Orlando concept vehicle to the United States in 2011, reversing an earlier decision to only sell the vehicle overseas. The Orlando will likely be built at GM’s Hamtramck plant in Michigan, however there is still a chance that a cheaper imported version may be sourced from South Korea.” Some sites are focusing on the possibility of a plug-in Orlando. My question: now how much tax money would you pay?

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15 Comments on “On-Again, Off-Again Chevrolet Orlando Is On-again...”


  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    Tax money aside, having the Orlando in the Chevy lineup is a plus. A larger-sized, more aggressive looking, Mazda-5 type vehicle, with a significant advantage of fuel economy over GM’s endless (excessive) fleet of SUV/CUV trolls.

    And if it only has 80% of the Zoom-Zoom feel, so be it; not everyone has lots of curvy roads, or cares. Not crashing hard over bumps (or pebbles like Hondas) is a plus here in the crappy-road states.

    This vehicle makes much more sense then a 2-door CTS, or a wagon CTS–yawn. What GM dork thought of those?

  • avatar
    factotum

    It’s a wagon with minivan height and four swing out doors. It’s like GM took the opposite of everything that works well and threw it into one package. Look at how freakin’ high the hood (bonnet) is!

    Terrible aerodynamics for a wagon, no sliding doors (so no Mazda5 comparisons, please), and running boards! (really!? the bottom sill is nary 5 inches off the ground!)

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    This is going to be sorely needed in GM’s lineup assuming the held-up California CO2 regs get implemented.

    While they’re at it, they can rename it the Tahoe.

  • avatar
    Bancho

    This really isn’t a bad looking vehicle. Even the “signature” grill doesn’t look that bad in this context. This should replace the HHR in Chevy’s lineup (and that makes sense since this is based on the Cruze platform). They could even make a panel wagon version for light duty work/businesses.

    Then again, it’s slated for a 2011 intro so who knows what things will look like then. Maybe Daewoo will own GM at that point.

  • avatar
    PeteMoran

    @ RF

    Is this the same Daewoo?

    The diesel version has been doing decent business in Australia, but cynical Australians don’t like Daewoo’s labeled Holden overnight.

    Short review here. Ultimately, it’s being easily out sold by Hyundai/Kia.

  • avatar

    It’s the Orlando Furioso.
    For those of you that have this kind of adventure with your SUV

  • avatar
    MMH

    Mass market-wise, what does this do that the Acadia platform doesn’t? Is it enough smaller that it won’t cannibalize?

  • avatar

    MMH: Q:Mass market-wise, what does this do that the Acadia platform doesn’t? Is it enough smaller that it won’t cannibalize?.
    A: “When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout”

  • avatar

    Woop woop! I’ve been drooling over this thing since it was announced. If they’re going to get rid of the HHR any time soon, this would be a great vehicle to step in to the open slot. Sure it’s a bit bigger, but I think it’s sharp and would meet my needs perfectly. Of course, it won’t be sold until 2012 or something, but I’ll be waiting with bated breath.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Mass market-wise, what does this do that the Acadia platform doesn’t? Is it enough smaller that it won’t cannibalize?.

    Answers:
    1. Get reasonable mileage because it lacks the Acadia’s pavement-cracking mass.
    2. No. The reason we don’t see these in North America is because they’d kill the margin-queen crossovers that everyone is dependent on. The reason Mazda and Kia sell cars like this is because they don’t live or die by crossover/truck sales.

  • avatar
    menno

    Well, psarhjinian, I kept on nagging Hyundai to bring over their Trajet starting several years ago (the vehicle is fractionally larger than the Kia Rondo), but nooooo, they never did. The Trajet could be had with 7 or 8 seats, the 2.7 V6 or a four cylinder, and even a diesel (which would have been a GREAT addition to the line here). But Hyundai? Don’t bother listening to Menno, eh?

    So, Hyundai’s partner Kia brings in their iteration of the same concept and wow, would you believe that in the area where I live, Kia sell something like 5 of the top 10 vehicles, and the Rondo, Rio and Optima are amongst them?! Yep, right here in northwestern Michigan. Honda also has a couple of best-sellers, along with the usual suspects (Chevy pickups), and Hyundai has a couple, too (Sonata being one of them).

    A lot of people are moving out of massive oversized lumps and still want something like flexibility / large interior space. They’re rediscovering that they really, truly don’t “need” the extra expense and loss of MPG that all wheel drive brings, even in northwestern Michigan with multiple feet of snow accumulation per winter. At least 99% of the time, anyway.

  • avatar
    JeremyR

    It’s actually pretty good looking (at least from the angle shown), but… another SUV/CUV? Yawn. I just don’t care.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Are you kidding me? How is this vehicle distinguishable from a dozen other TrailBlazer derivatives flowing out of GM? Who needs it?

    They’ll sell 10,000 of them, then kill it.

  • avatar
    motownr

    I actually was looking forward to seeing this vehicle at NAIAS, as GM spent considerable resources telling anyone who would listen that they were REALLY serious about their small car platform.

    What a disappointment.

    As others have mentioned, even in static photos the hood lines have an ungainly element to them. Probably due to crash standards (several other cars at the show also had similar designs), but certainly nothing of beauty.

    The rest was equally less than compelling. If not for the truly, new low even for them, Kia Soul, the Orlando would have been at the top of my list (tied with the Cruze) as Most Disappointing.

  • avatar
    npbheights

    Talk about a well named car. I imagine most of these will end up in the fleets of rental car companies in Orlando, FL shuttling families from theme park to buffet to hotel and back again. Much more appropiate then the other car named after a town in Florida, a town known for it’s racetrack, Sebring. About zero Chrysler Sebrings are seen on that or any race track.


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