Chevrolet Aveo RS show car (top); 2010 Chevrolet Spark; 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Click image to enlarge
Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet has highlighted its growing small-car lineup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, featuring the Aveo RS concept, all-new Chevrolet Cruze, upcoming Chevrolet Spark, and the Volt.
The Aveo RS show car hints at the next-generation Aveo production car. The Cruze will be available in the U.S. later this year, the all-new Aveo production car comes to the U.S. next year, and U.S. sales of the Spark will begin in 2012.
Chevrolet also announced that Michigan will join California as a key initial Volt launch market. The company is partnering with Detroit-based utility DTE Energy and other key Michigan stakeholders as part of a larger, real-world development and demonstration program to introduce customers to electric vehicles and establish vehicle charging programs.
Last week, Chevrolet and OnStar demonstrated the industry’s first working smartphone application that will give Volt owners 24/7 connection and control of vehicle function and OnStar features remotely.
“Our new small cars and the Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capabilities represent cornerstones in Chevrolet’s gas-friendly to gas-free approach,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet general manager. “We expect the trio of Spark, Aveo and Cruze to be fuel economy leaders, while the Volt can operate gas-free before switching to extended-range capability when the battery runs low.”
The four-door Chevrolet Spark hatchback, the smallest member of Chevrolet’s family of cars, brings style, roominess and versatility to the segment. Spark’s trim size makes it very agile in all kinds of driving conditions while still feeling substantial on the open road, while providing great fuel economy. The U.S. production version will go on sale in early 2012.