The first real Chevrolet Volts are built and tested at General Motors' Pre-Production Operations facility in Warren, Michigan. About 80 Volts will be hand-built at PPO and undergo a series of road, crash and other engineering validation tests before production begins in the plant later next year. (photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)



New cars coming for Chevrolet

General Motors’ new models took the center stage at a Detroit public webcast where the reorganized automaker announced its two-year plan for the four core GM brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

Here (in alphabetical order) is what to expect from Chevrolet.


Because of poor sales, the Avalanche most likely will be killed by the 2013 model year.

A mid-sized, all-wheel-drive pickup developed on the fwd Lambda platform might replace the Avalanche, but there have been no announcements on a timetable.


The Aveo will be redesigned for the 2011 model year and will take a step up the pecking order. One model, a five-door hatchback, is planned. It will be close in size to the current Cobalt and should give the Ford Fiesta a run for its money.

South Korean company GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. is developing the redesigned Aveo with help from a Chinese product development team. Aveo will be built on GM’s global Gamma platform and is expected to be assembled in Mexico.


The Camaro Convertible has been pushed back to the second quarter of 2011 because of cost constraints and a problem with the roof supplier. Expect pricing to be a couple thousand over its coupe sibling.


GM will stop building the Cobalt for retail sale in the first quarter of 2010 but is considering a fleet-only version.