By David Thomas on August 11, 2009
Today, GM announced it will release 25 new vehicles by the end of 2011. Included in that number are current new releases like the Chevy Equinox, Chevy Camaro and Buick LaCrosse. The usually tight-lipped automotive world is loosening at GM headquarters; they revealed that the well-received Chevy Malibu will get a refresh in 2011 for the 2012 model year. And that’s just one of the vehicles they discussed.
Also confirmed is the Chevy Camaro convertible, which won’t arrive until midway through 2011.
A new Chevy Aveo subcompact was shown to insiders who wrote about the event on Twitter. No photos will be released. “New Chevy Aveo gets swept-back roof, still has an awkward-looking grille. Tires get pushed out wider,” said Jalopnik.com Editor in Chief Ray Wert.
Cadillac and Buick will both get compact sedans smaller than the CTS and LaCrosse, respectively.
Cadillac will have a larger, full-size sedan to replace the DTS and STS, tentatively called the XTS.
The Cadillac CTS coupe and CTS-V coupe are back on the schedule.
Both GMC and Buick have concept versions of the Chevy Orlando compact van, but they aren’t considered production vehicles.
Previously announced new products include the Chevy Cruze compact sedan, a Buick small crossover with a plug-in hybrid version and the Chevy Volt, of course. The others that are on sale now or are slated for sale this year include the Cadillac SRX, the Cadillac CTS wagon and the GMC Terrain crossover.
By our quick count that’s 18 new production vehicles, so GM still has a few surprises left to unveil over the next two years.
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