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Vote for your favourite Chevy

05 April 2007

General Motors is giving you the chance to decide how the next small Chevrolet should look. A website has been set up where you can vote for one of three concept cars - nicknamed the triplets within GM - that have been revealed at the New York Auto Show.

Bob Lutz, GM's product chief, said: 'We will carefully look at what people have voted for and then make our own decision, but it's a safe bet we will produce one of them, and in the relatively near future.'

The three cars - the Chevrolet Groove, Beat and Trax - offer different ideas for a global urban car, smaller than a Vauxhall Corsa, using the same basic architecture. All were designed at Chevrolet's South Korean design studios.

Into the Groove?
Groove is described as 'contemporary and funky, with a stance reminiscent of a retro hot-rod'. The design team says it wanted to get away from the stereotype that small cars should be 'weak, insecure or cute'. It has a flat windscreen, strong bumpers and a raised bonnet, and rides on 17-inch wheels. Power comes from a 1.0-litre diesel engine.

Up Beat
Beat is intended to give the impression of a high-performance small car that's been through the hands of a tuning specialist, and is said to offer plenty of scope for personalisation.

The cabin houses a pop-up navigation system housed within a storage compartment, and an Alpine stereo. It is powered by a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine mated to an automatic gearbox.

Making Trax
Trax has a 1.0-litre petrol engine, an electric limited-slip differential and an independent battery pack that drives an electric motor to transform the car from a front-wheel-drive car into a mini 4x4 for weekend leisure use. The styling echoes its split personality.

If you want to vote on which looks best, go to www.vote4chevrolet.com. The site is being used to gauge whether there is a future for one of these cars in America as well as Europe and the Far East.

'The production model would have a three- or four-cylinder engine of 1.0-litre or less, and possibly a small diesel,' said Lutz. 'The cost would depend on where it is built, exchange rates, the safety requirements and several other factors, but in the US it would have to start at less than $10,000 (£5500).

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