General Motors is investing in a new family of compact Chevrolets that will be co-developed with Chinese partner SAIC and aimed at emerging markets.
These new cars will be built in China, Brazil, India and Mexico and exported to other emerging countries, but not to mature markets such as the United States.
The first all-new Chevrolet in the project is due to surface around 2019 and the new line-up is expected to eventually replace several existing vehicles in emerging markets. The project will benefit from global economies of scale, as well as the purchase of parts on a local level.
The cars are being developed by a multinational team of engineers who will tailor them to local preferences, while the core architecture and engines are being jointly developed with state-owned SAIC.
The new Chevrolet line-up will employ a full range of body styles and feature “advanced customer-facing technologies focused on connectivity, safety and fuel efficiency,” the carmaker promises.