Chevrolet To Tease NAIAS With Forbidden Fruit

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
chevrolet to tease naias with forbidden fruit

Obsessive-weirdo fans of low-cost cars can get their thrills at Chevy’s NAIAS stand; despite the new full-size trucks and the C7 Corvette being on display, myself and a cadre of mouth breathers will no doubt be poring over the low-cost cars being put on display by the Bowtie brand, for no other reason than to avoid the rush of anxiety-inducing crowds.

Among the products being brought to NAIAS

-The Chevrolet Trax, a bowtie-badged Buick Encore

The Chevrolet Orlando, which TTAC reviewed earlier

-The Chevrolet Spin, an Indonesian compact minivan

-The Chevrolet Sail, a Chinese subcompact

-The Chevrolet Onix, a Brazilian subcompact

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  • Car_guy2010 Car_guy2010 on Jan 11, 2013

    Chevrolet: Bland Runs Deep. That's all I see. Nothing special here.

    • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Jan 11, 2013

      Hey car guy! I'm no GMer myself, but at least in Brazil, these GMs have positively impressed me. Up until their launch, there was nothing ever in GM's stable in my lifetime that I would recommend a friend. Now, I could recommend the Cobalt over a Versa, Siena, Voyage, Logan,Etios sedan I could recommend an Onix over a March, HB20, Palio, Gol, Fox, Fiesta, Etios, even the Spin (though I'd hesitate cause of engine) overs a lot of content against main competitors Nissan Livina, Fiat Idea, Honda Fit. Again, in Brazil, these new cars are head and shoulders above the 90s Opel things they forced on us until recently. Styling aside (I don't mind the designs and think is better than current Fiats, VWs, Fords, Nissans and yes even Hyundai), the suspension is comfortable (heads and shoulders above Hyundai, seems like Koreans can do suspensions, specially if aided by Brazilians!), 1.4 engine is adequate for our market, 1.0s are fine and possibly the strongest out there (though theu pay a mpg penalty for that), pricing is little high but contents levels are better than competition, steering is good, gearboxes are ok (the autos are the best in Brazil, 6 speeds while at this level the few competitors that have it only offer 4 speeds, not counting the terribale automated things in VW, GM and Fiat). For the first time in my life, I can see myself in a Chevrolet.

  • Mazder3 Mazder3 on Jan 12, 2013

    The Onix looks like the perfect vehicle for parts of the country that are urbanized and have major potholes. Its ground clearance looks like it would shame most CUVs. I don't know if there is a trademark on it but GM has a "Slam" option package on the Vauxhall Adam. They could use it here. The marketers would love it. There is already music for it. I would buy an Onix Slam.

  • Ollicat I have a Spyder. The belt will last for many years or 60,000-80,000 miles. Not really a worry.
  • Redapple2 Cadillac and racing. Boy those 2 go together dont they? What a joke. Up there with opening a coffee shop in NYC. EvilGM be clowning. Again.
  • Jbltg Rear bench seat does not match the front buckets. What's up?
  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )