General Motors has always had one of the biggest exhibit areas at Auto Expo. This year too, the American carmaker is showing off its vehicles in Style. The company is showcasing 15 production and concept vehicles at the 11th Auto Expo. There are three themes at the Chevrolet exhibit – Chevrolet Next, Chevrolet Technology & Innovation and Chevrolet Performance.
The biggest attraction at the GM exhibit is the Facelifted Captiva. GM India will soon launch the next-generation Captiva 2.2 AT. The new model includes a powerful 2.2-liter engine along with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has a fresh new sporty and muscular exterior design and a jet-black interior. Among the new comfort and convenience amenities are cruise control; a dual-row heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system; an electric parking brake; rain-sensing wipers; and a stylish sunroof.
New Tavera, or Tavera Neo3
One of the most important products at the GM hall is the Tavera facelift. Christened Tavera Neo3, the upgraded MUV has been developed based on extensive customer research and feedback. From the outside, the Neo3 Tavera has Chevrolet’s twin-port grille and a bigger Chevrolet bowtie emblem in front as well as in back. Larger crystal-effect clear lens headlamps with integrated indicator lamps is an added feature.
The highest variant of the Chevrolet Tavera is offered with a dual-tone body color combination. Selective exterior color finishes are combined with contrasting gold bumpers and side trim. Extra chrome finish has been applied to the grille and fog lamp housings to boost the model’s premium appeal. Premium perforated leather upholstery along with seven captain seats are available.
The new Tavera Neo3 is available with a 2.5-liter direct injection insta-torque turbocharged engine (BS3) and an all-new 2.0-liter common rail direct injection diesel engine that is BS4 emission compliant.
Chevrolet Sail and new MPV
At the Chevrolet Next section, GM is also showing the all-new Chevrolet Sail hatchback and the Chevrolet MPV, which will be unveiled on 6th January 2012.
At the Chevrolet Technology & Innovation section, GM is exhibiting the Volt, the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle with extended range technology, providing the benefits of an electric vehicle without the range limitations usually associated with vehicle of such kind. The internationally-acclaimed model uses electricity as its primary source of power with energy stored in a 16-kWh, T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric drive unit in all-electric mode for up to 64 kilometers. When the battery’s original energy has been depleted, an on-board range-extending engine-generator, which can be powered by regular petrol or E85 ethanol, generates electricity to power the car for hundreds of additional kilometers. The main benefits of an E-REV include energy diversification, reduced oil consumption and reduced emissions.
GM India is also showing the Beat Electric, or the Chevrolet Beat BEV (Battery), which was introduced in June 2011. Powered by a 300-cell lithium-ion battery with approximately 16 kWh of energy capacity, the 270-kilogram battery can power the Beat BEV for at least 98 kilometers under normal driving conditions.
The Chevrolet EN-V, which is short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, is GM’s vision for the future of urban commuting. The EN-V is a two-seat electric vehicle that weighs less than 500 kilograms and is about 1.5 meters in length. Its small size and great maneuverability mean a parking lot can accommodate five times as many EN-Vs as typical automobiles. The body and canopy of the EN-V are constructed from carbon fiber, custom-tinted Lexan and acrylic, materials that are more commonly used in race cars, military airplanes and spacecraft because of their strength and lightweight characteristics.
GM has also showcased the Chevrolet Spark LPG hatchback. LPG is more economical than standard petrol. The Spark LPG comes with a three-year/100,000-kilometer standard warranty, an industry first in India’s mini-car segment.
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
The new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible combines great looks and performance with advanced technology and surprising efficiency. It has been precision-engineered for speed and efficiency. The 2SS model on display at the Auto Expo is equipped with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that generates 426 hp at 5,900 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. Safety is paramount. The Camaro Convertible includes high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel in key areas of its structure, along with six air bags, safety belt load limiters and the front passenger air bag deployment suppression detection system.
Corvette Stingray Concept
Chevrolet has delivered a futuristic vision of technology and design with the 50th Anniversary Corvette Stingray Concept.
Cruze Racing Car
The Chevrolet Cruze racing car, which has won the Manufacturer’s Championship at the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the past two years, is also on display. The WTCC is one of only three FIA world championships, along with Formula One and the World Rally Championship..