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AutoBlog: Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Viva caught at the 'Ring

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chevy_viva_crop.jpgIf General Motors has any real hope of emerging from Chapter 11 as a newly-viable automaker, it's going to need stellar products that will allow it to compete on a level playing field in every segment of the market it plays in. Of course, that's going to include small cars, and the current Chevy Aveo doesn't stand a chance against newer, more desirable models like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, and the upcoming Ford Fiesta (not to mention possible Fiat-based small cars from Chrysler). Execs at GM realize this fact just like the rest of us, which is what makes the automaker's recent announcement that it will build a new small car here in the U.S. so interesting.

In a speech to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit last week, Bob Lutz showed off some slides that included references to future GM products, and Todd Lassa from Motor Trend noticed a new model called the Viva. Could this perhaps be the next mainstream small car from Chevrolet? If so, the Viva probably wouldn't be built on an existing Daewoo platform (as is the case with the current Aveo and upcoming Chevy Spark hatchback), and would likely need to be a slightly larger upmarket model if it's going to make any profit being built in the States and sell anywhere near the 160,000 figure that GM bandied about last week. Stay tuned.

[source: Motor Trend]

Spy Shots: 2011 Chevrolet Viva caught at the 'Ring originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 01 Jun 2009 18:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Could this actually be the oft-rumored new Buick Wildkitten? :scratchchin:
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For some reason, I'm thinking of those Viva Viagra! commercials now... Viva SS, anyone?

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Chevy could call the blinged out LTZ version the Viva Las Vegas.

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I have zero interest in owning or driving anything smaller than my Cobalt. But the market is what it is, and GM does need a compelling car in this segment - the craptacular Aveo isn't cutting it.

I had assumed it would be a GMDAT car that's put together here, but the article says no. Could this be Gamma-based?

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I have zero interest in owning or driving anything smaller than my Cobalt. But the market is what it is, and GM does need a compelling car in this segment - the craptacular Aveo isn't cutting it.

I had assumed it would be a GMDAT car that's put together here, but the article says no. Could this be Gamma-based?

Yes it is a Gamma based car. I was talking with griffon few months ago about seeing some mules of Aveo. He said it was under development and should crop sometime middle of this year.

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