General Motors Corp. has suspended plans to build a small, seven-seat crossover wagon for its Chevrolet brand in North America, and instead plans to bring another small car to the U.S. from Asia. The moves come as it continues to shuffle its product plans in a rapidly shifting U.S. market.
The canceled Chevrolet vehicle, code-named the "Delta MPV7," was originally intended to be built in Hamtramck, Mich., beginning next year, according to the auto maker's recent agreements with the United Auto Workers union. The MPV, or multi-purpose vehicle, would have been based on GM's compact-car architecture, but capable of seating seven people.
The vehicle could still be built for markets outside North America, such as Europe, where smallish MPVs are more popular. A concept version of the model — called the Chevrolet Orlando — will debut at the Paris auto show next month.
"That's no longer an option for us," UAW Local 22 President George McGregor, based near the Hamtramck plant, said of the Orlando. A spokesman confirmed that GM has no concrete plans to bring the model to the U.S.Click here for more on this story from The Wall Street Journal.