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GM says Buick is getting two new crossovers--so what's the other one?

GM says Buick is getting two new crossovers--so what's the other one?

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This morning's announcement from GM on a future Buick plug-in hybrid confirmed the presence of a second crossover vehicle--and according to one industry source, it's not just a standard gas-engined version of the upcoming hybrid SUV.

Automotive News reports that the second Buick crossover will in fact be a version of a vehicle being spun from the next-generation Chevrolet Aveo.

The Aveo replacement itself is said to be in the GM product queue as the 2012 Chevrolet Viva; though GM hasn't said it will be built in Michigan, it's thought that the Viva and spin-off vehicles will be assembled in the state in a deal brokered during GM's swing through bankruptcy court earlier this year.

An assembly site for a second small-car program, the 2011 Chevrolet Spark, still has to be announced, while GM has confirmed a slightly larger crossover, the Chevrolet Orlando, will be built alongside the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in Detroit.

Bringing this all full circle, there's speculation that the Buick plug-in hybrid crossover will share some Voltec drivetrain pieces with the Volt, namely its lithium-ion batteries. The rest of the Buick crossover will be based on the recently killed Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid, down to the V-6 engine and two-mode hybrid system.

A gas-only version of the crossover will go on sale in 2010 through Buick as well. It will be offered with either GM's new 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter, direct-injection V-6 also destined for Cadillac's CTS lineup.

[Automotive News]
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  1. I heard it was going to be on the same platform as the Equinox and its platform mates.
     
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  2. ^That is the hyrbid one. This one will be based off the Aveo.
     
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  3. ^That is the hyrbid one. This one will be based off the Aveo.

    They are only getting one more corssover
     
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  4. I heard it was going to be on the same platform as the Equinox and its platform mates.

    yes, it will be based on the Theta platform. all this is is a rebadged Saturn Vue. Buick looks to of given a home to the Vue since it wasn't apart of the Saturn buyout.

    ^That is the hyrbid one. This one will be based off the Aveo.

    no, it won't. as said above, its a rebadged Saturn Vue, which is the Theta platform.
     
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  5. GM has said this hybrid will be what the Saturn Vue SHOULD have been
     
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  6. Elmo-i meant that the hybrid model shown in the picture above will be based off the Theta. However, the article states that one more crossover that will be based off the Aveo is coming too. The article is misleading especially with the picture of the Buick VUE**.
     
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  7. Yeah, the Smart-Skylark, able to be parallel parked in 6 cubic feet of space. A city dwellers dream! Not like the Buicks from 50 years ago that could probably fit a Smartcar or Prius in its trunk…. Cars that were measured in acreage not square feet…..
     
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