Chevrolet could be ready to step into the midi-van market along with the likes of the Mazda5, if a report from WorldCarFans
The Web site reports that GM's new people mover for the 2010 model year is set to come from GM's Hamtramck plant, alongside the 2010 Chevrolet Volt and the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu (which opens the question of what gets built at the current Malibu plant in Fairfax, Kan.). The people mover is a five- or seven-seater that's related to the new Opel Zafira, a midi-van offered in Europe.
The site says Chevy's version would get its own interior and design cues, but theorizes a Saturn version could come along after the Chevy version.
A vehicle in this class would give GM some coverage in the minivan class, while helping spread the development costs over a bigger sales base, but the main question would be, Is anyone interested in a Chevrolet minivan, now that minivan sales at Chrysler and Honda are showing major softness? Tell us if you think it's a good idea to greenlight a new Chevy along these lines, and we'll keep digging for more information.