Chevrolet Orlando set to go on sale in Europe

Soon the Chevrolet Orlando will go on sale in Europe but not in the U.S. as reported again by our friends at We posted on this vehicle a few months back hoping the folks making the calls at GM would wisely reconsider selling the 3 row and hyper fuel efficient Orlando in the U.S., Canada and anywhere they can ship this vehicle. The Orlando is exactly the type of vehicle that GM should be designing for all the North American market regardless of what other current offering they have. Nothing, I repeat nothing in their stable is a direct competitor with this product. The Traverse offers 3 rows but is much larger and consumes way more fuel than the Orlando and the Equinox only offers 2 rows. A current design with 3 rows and great fuel economy is what many consumers are looking for in this market.

Precisely two years after its debut at the 2008 Paris show in concept form, the production-ready Chevrolet Orlando will bow at this year’s Paris auto show. It will go on sale across Europe early next year. Despite earlier confirmation that the Orlando was destined for the U.S., GM has since decided the Orlando will not be sold here.

The Orlando is a seven-seat mini-minivan based on an elongated version of the Chevrolet Cruze’s platform. It’s easy to see similarities to the Cruze in the bold front grille with massive Chevy bowtie, although the rest of the vehicle diverges, especially the upswept beltline and subtly sloped roof. Wheel sizes will range from 16 to 18 inches.

It will be sold with a choice of three engines: a 141-hp, 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder; a 131-hp, 2.0-liter diesel; and a 163-hp, 2.0-liter diesel. Standard equipment includes stability control, six airbags, air conditioning, power mirrors, and a USB audio input.

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Nissan sees higher profit on U.S., China sales

Looks like the combo of a recovering North American market and the booming Chinese market makes for bigger profits for Nissan. Forecasts are for profits to more than triple for the fiscal year and the near term looks good from our seats. Nissan has some new products hitting the market this year and early next year so it will be interesting to see how those products are received in the market place.


TOKYO (Bloomberg) — Nissan Motor Co. forecast profit will more than triple this fiscal year as auto demand recovers in North America and sales grow in China.

Nissan, Japan’s third-largest automaker, may boost net income to 150 billion yen ($1.6 billion) for the year ending March 31, from 42.4 billion yen a year earlier, the company said in a statement today. Sales may rise to 8.2 trillion yen from 7.5 trillion yen.

CEO expects Nissan’s sales in China to increase 14 percent this fiscal year, while North American deliveries may increase 13 percent to 1.2 million as the world’s second-largest auto market recovers from a recession.

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