DETROIT -- After shedding four brands in bankruptcy, General Motors Co. will re-emphasize Chevrolet as its mass-market engine of growth.
The biggest changes will be in small vehicles as consumers, wary of high gasoline prices, drift away from large vehicles. Chevrolet is counting on a new range of four-cylinder small cars and crossovers.
GM is promising that the new models will have a high level of fit and finish, rich interiors and the ride and handling of more expensive vehicles.
The Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, which GM hopes will change its Rust Belt image, will debut late next year.
Here are Chevrolet's 2010-12 model year highlights.
Spark: The 2012 Spark will be Chevrolet's new entry-level model. The five-door hatchback will be slotted below the Aveo, which is moving a bit upmarket. The Spark will be based on the redesigned front-wheel-drive Daewoo Matrix.
The U.S. version will have a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine and will get an estimated 50 mpg on the highway. A 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is under consideration. North American assembly is expected; projected annual sales are 25,000 to 30,000.
Aveo: The Aveo will be redesigned for the 2011 model year. The next-generation car will be sized close to today's Cobalt and priced slightly higher than the current Aveo. One model, a five-door hatchback, is planned.
GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. is developing the redesigned Aveo in South Korea with help from a product development team in China. The car will be built on GM's global Gamma platform. The U.S. version likely will be assembled in GM's plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Cruze: GM is aiming the 2011 Cruze at the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. GM is promising a high level of refinement, a comfortable interior and good ride and handling.
The Cruze was developed on GM's global fwd Delta vehicle platform. GM's Lordstown, Ohio, plant will begin assembling the North American version in April.
The European version went on sale in March. The car also is sold in China. GM's Australian subsidiary, Holden, will market a version in 2010. Daewoo calls its version the Lacetti Premiere. That car went on sale last year in Korea.
The Cruze will be powered by GM's new 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A turbocharged version is planned. The Cruze is expected to get 40-plus mpg.
Cobalt: GM will stop building the Cobalt for retail sale in the first quarter of 2010 but is considering a fleet-only version for a brief period after that.
Malibu: The restyled, re-engineered Malibu is scheduled for the 2013 model year. To boost fuel economy and reduce weight, the length and wheelbase will be trimmed. But the trunk will be larger to address a shortcoming in the current model.
Impala: GM will redesign the Impala sedan for the 2014 model year on GM's new global, mid-sized fwd platform. The 2010 Buick LaCrosse was developed on the same platform. The next Impala is expected to have shorter front and rear overhangs; the weight reduction would boost fuel economy.