GENEVA - General Motors Europe has added the Oldsmobile Alero, badged as a Chevrolet, to its lineup.
The company expects to sell 3,800 Aleros in 1999. But that modest number would give sales of North American vehicles in Europe a significant shot in the arm.
GM sold about 13,500 North American vehicles in Europe last year badged as Cadillac or Chev-rolet. The lineup is: the Cadillac Seville and the Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro, Alero, Trans Sport, Blazer, Tahoe and S10 pickup.
The Trans Sport, sold as the Pontiac Montana in the United States, was the best-seller last year at 4,300 units.
In Europe, American cars are seen widely as gas guzzlers with mushy handling.
Joseph Switalski, director of North American vehicle sales for GM Europe, said the Alero, a mid-sized car in Europe, will fill the gap vacated by the demise of the Chevrolet Corsica in 1996.
The base sticker price of the Alero is 43,000 marks in Germany, or about $23,799 at current exchange rates.
The Alero went on sale first in Europe in Luxembourg and Belgium in January. In April, it will be available throughout Europe.