Chevrolet’s new model offensive shows no signs of abating with the imminent launch of its Spin compact MPV – a stylish and budget-conscious addition to the company’s global portfolio that is currently under consideration for the South African market.
The Spin, which will be unveiled in Brazil later this month and which will go on sale in Indonesia next year, will follow such global launches as the Malibu saloon, Colorado, TrailBlazer SUV, Cobalt saloon and Cruze wagon.
According to Chevrolet, the Spin will offer the flexibility required to accommodate a combination of five- or seven-seat layouts along with a respectable load-carrying capacity. The initial rendering doesn’t give too much away, but spy photos from Brazilian motoring website Notocias Automotivas have captured some Spins ahead of their official unveiling.
The photos show such characteristic Chevrolet design cues as the twin-port grille, sculpted bonnet and raked-back headlamps making their way onto the compact MPV. Chevrolet also claims that standard of materials and aesthetics in the Spin’s cabin are a class above what is normally encountered at this car’s (as yet unconfirmed, but no doubt wallet-friendly) price point.
General Motors CEO, Dan Akerson, had the following to say about the Spin during the company’s annual meeting in Detroit.
“Spin is a great-looking, efficient and functional small MPV, and the only vehicle in its class to offer a six-speed automatic transmission. Spin will be affordable to purchase and – just as important – affordable to own.”
Speaking with GMSA product communications manager, Caroline Thomas, while the Spin is poised to make its way onto a number of global markets it is still under consideration for South Africa. When asked about the possibility of potential product conflict with the Opel Meriva, Thomas pointed out that the Opel (and much of the Opel line-up) is pitched at the more premium/niche end of the market and would not potentially cannibalise sales from the mass-volume, and therefore more likely lower-priced, Spin should it come to our market.