This article belongs to Automotive News: GENERAL MOTORS FUTURE PRODUCTS GM unveils 2-year product plan around its four core brands JAMIE LAREAU AUTOMOTIVE NEWS AUGUST 11, 2009 - 3:09 PM ET DETROIT -- General Motors Co., trying to build confidence in the marketplace after a stint in Bankruptcy Court, unveiled its two-year product plan today. The highlights: • Chevrolet: A new small car, the Spark, will be positioned below the Aveo. The Volt plug-in hybrid is scheduled to arrive in November 2010. GO TO: Chevrolet • Buick: GM will rebuild the lineup with two new crossovers and two sedans smaller than the 2010 LaCrosse. GO TO: Buick • GMC: A subcompact crossover is under study. GO TO: GMC • Cadillac: A small model below the CTS is planned, along with a flagship to replace the DTS and STS. The CTS and the small model will get coupe versions. GO TO: Cadillac During its 39-day bankruptcy, GM struck deals to sell the Saab, Hummer and Saturn brands. Pontiac is being killed this year. What follows is GM's model-by-model plan for the remaining four brands for the 2010-12 model years. It was compiled from GM's presentation today and from company, supplier and industry sources. It will be published as part of our annual future product series in the August 17 print edition of Automotive News. Buick's game plan: more style and vehicles GM will bring the Opel Insignia to the U.S. as the 2011 Buick Regal. Here are highlights of Buick's product plans for the 2010-12 model years. • Small sedan: Buick will market a compact car built on GM's global compact front-drive Delta platform. The platform will be shared with the Chevrolet Cruze and other GM models. Buick's model will have unique sheet metal and be slightly longer than the Cruze. GM probably will sell the small Buick first in China as a 2011 model. The U.S. version is expected to be assembled in North America and marketed as a 2012 model. • Regal: Buick is resurrecting the Regal name for its version of the Opel Insignia, which it will get as a 2011 model. The Insignia, Regal and 2010 Buick LaCrosse are based on GM's new global mid-sized, fwd vehicle platform, but the Regal and Insignia are 6.9 inches shorter than the 196.9-inch LaCrosse. The Regal is expected to be priced several thousand dollars less than the LaCrosse and offered only with a four-cylinder engine. The Regal is critical because GM expects the car to be the brand's top seller. The redesigned 2010 LaCrosse will be Buick's new flagship. The Lucerne will be discontinued. • LaCrosse: GM is hoping the redesigned 2010 LaCrosse sedan will do for Buick what the Malibu has done for Chevrolet: raise transaction prices and sales volume. LaCrosse sales begin this month. The LaCrosse was developed on GM's new global mid-sized fwd vehicle platform. GM sees this car as a key to Buick's renaissance. Prices start at $27,835, including transportation, and top out over $40,000. The LaCrosse will be Buick's flagship sedan when the Lucerne is discontinued. • Lucerne: The Lucerne will be discontinued in the next year or two because of poor sales. • Small crossover: GM will offer Buick a small crossover developed on its next-generation global Gamma platform. That platform will be shared by the redesigned Chevrolet Aveo and other vehicles. The crossover is expected to appear in the 2012 model year. • Compact crossover: Buick will get a version of the Saturn Vue, with a restyled front that will make it look like a Buick. The car will debut next year as a 2011 model. A plug-in hybrid will be added in 2011. • Enclave: GM plans to freshen the Enclave for the 2012 model year. The Enclave is not in line to get a hybrid version because GM cannot fit the powertrain into the current model. Cadillac aims to sell small, medium and large luxury Cadillac will add a CTS Coupe to its lineup in 2010. Here are highlights of Cadillac's plans for the 2010-12 model years. • Small Cadillac: A small, entry-level Cadillac is expected for the 2012 model year. The car would be developed on GM's new global, rear-drive Alpha vehicle platform and positioned below the CTS. A hybrid version is being considered. • CTS: The CTS added a wagon this year, called the Sport Wagon. A coupe is coming in the 2010 model year. The next-generation CTS will be smaller and lighter, debuting in the 2013 model year or later. • DTS: Production will end in 2010 or 2011. • XTS sedan: The 2012 XTS sedan will replace the DTS and STS. GM's new global mid-sized, fwd vehicle architecture will be adopted for Cadillac. That architecture is used for the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, Opel Insignia and other vehicles. The platform for the Cadillac model will be widened 2.0 inches. GM executives determined that the interior would be too narrow to compete with the BMW 7 series or other luxury sedans. The XTS -- if the name is kept -- will be approximately the same size as the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan. All-wheel drive is expected to be optional or standard on the Cadillac; the final decision has not been made. GM revealed a picture of the XTS at a dealer meeting. One dealer described it as "a smaller, more efficient package. It'll be glamorous and good value at the same time." • STS: Production is expected to end around 2011. • Plug-in hybrid: GM unveiled the Converj concept at the Detroit auto show in January. It is uncertain whether the vehicle will go into production. • SRX: The redesigned 2010 SRX is smaller than the previous generation, seating five instead of seven. Weight was reduced, and fuel economy was increased; a V-8 no longer is available. The 2010 SRX was developed on a blend of GM's fwd Theta and global mid-sized vehicle platforms, called Theta Premium. The previous SRX was rwd. A freshening is expected for the 2013 model year. • Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT: The Escalade family's future is on hold until GM determines how the new corporate average fuel economy regulations will affect GM's full-sized GMT900 truck program. The current Escalade model line is likely to continue into the 2011 model year, maybe 2012. GM's next-generation trucks could appear in the 2013 or 2014 model year. Which Cadillac models if any will remain on the full-sized truck architecture has not been decided. One option under review is extending the front-wheel-drive Lambda vehicle platform to develop one or two Escalade models, possibly for the 2012 or 2013 model year. Chevy promises attractive small cars, crossovers 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. A Camaro convertible will be available as a 2012 model. • Camaro: The 2010 Camaro landed in dealerships this spring. A convertible, originally intended as a 2011 model, was pushed back to the 2012 model year because of problems with the roof supplier and GM's cost constraints. Now that GM has some operating cash after emerging from bankruptcy, insiders say, it will try to pull the convertible back to the 2011 model year. A Camaro freshening is expected for the 2014 or 2015 model year. • Corvette: Production of the next-generation Corvette, internally called C7, is expected to start in April 2012 for the 2013 model year. The front-engine layout will be maintained. • Volt: GM's plug-in hybrid is on target for a November 2010 launch. GM plans to build only 200 to 400 cars in November and December 2010, as 2011 models. The production target for 2011 is about 10,000 Volts. A price approaching $45,000 is estimated. A plug-in hybrid can charge its battery from the power grid, reducing the need for gasoline. The Volt will share a fwd vehicle platform with the Chevrolet Cruze and Orlando and other GM vehicles. • HHR: GM will discontinue the retro-styled wagon at the end of the 2011 model year. The 2012 Orlando will be powered by a four-cylinder engine. • Orlando: The 2012 Orlando is a small, seven-passenger crossover developed on the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze. The Orlando will be powered by a four-cylinder engine and priced less than the Equinox. • Equinox: The Equinox was restyled and re-engineered for the 2010 model year. Sales began in June. The previous generation offered only a V-6 engine, but the redesigned Equinox comes with a 2.4-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder engine. The V-6 is optional. GM is counting on the more fuel-efficient engine to be a key selling point. A freshening is expected for the 2013 model year. • Traverse: No major changes are planned for the 2010-12 model years. • Tahoe, Suburban: The full-sized SUVs were scheduled to be restyled and re-engineered for the 2012 model year. But GM put its full-sized SUV and pickup plans on hold when gasoline prices soared in the summer of 2008 and light-truck sales plummeted. Since then, the higher corporate average fuel economy regulations were announced, requiring an automaker's fleet average to be 35.5 mpg by 2016. GM's plans for full-sized truck are expected to be made final in six to nine months. The next-generation trucks may appear in the 2013 or 2014 model year. Several plans are being considered. The Tahoe may be dropped, or the next generation might be developed on the lighter fwd Lambda platform. The platform is used for the Chevrolet Traverse and three other crossovers. The Suburban could survive sharing the Silverado platform because the SUV is used for a variety of commercial applications. • Mid-sized pickup: A mid-sized, all-wheel-drive pickup developed on the fwd Lambda platform might replace the Avalanche. The vehicle would target Honda Ridgeline shoppers who need towing capacity but do not need a big body-on-frame truck. Timing has not been determined. • Avalanche: The Avalanche will be killed by the 2013 model year because of poor sales, those familiar with GM's plans say. Through June, GM sold just 7,130 Avalanches, down 61.0 percent from 2008. • Colorado: A global compact pickup platform is being developed by GM do Brasil. It is unclear whether GM will sell a pickup from that platform here as an import, will assemble it in North America or will abandon the compact pickup segment in the United States. GM is closing the Shreveport, La., plant that assembles the Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups in 2012. Sales have been disappointing for both vehicles. The Colorado and Canyon redesigns originally had been expected for the 2012 model year. • Silverado 1500: GM put its full-sized pickup and SUV plans on hold when gasoline prices soared in the summer of 2008. Later, the tougher CAFE regulations were announced. GM's full-sized truck plans are expected to be made final in six to nine months. The delay means the next-generation pickups likely will be pushed back to 2013. • Silverado 2500, 3500: The re-engineered heavy-duty pickups have been pushed back from the 2011 model year to the 2012 model year or later. One issue is how "heavy duty" will be defined in the new CAFE regulations. • Express: No significant changes are expected in the next three years. Review delays new trucks for GMC Here are GMC's plans for the 2010-12 model years. • Subcompact crossover: GMC is considering a small subcompact fwd crossover. The vehicle would be positioned below the Terrain. Timing is uncertain. • Terrain: GMC adds a compact fwd crossover for the 2010 model year. Exterior and interior styling distinguishes the Terrain from the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, its sister vehicle. The Terrain has more standard equipment and a higher sticker price. GMC will stress the 30-mpg-plus fuel economy of the base Terrain model, which has a 182-hp, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The crossovers were developed on GM's Theta Premium platform. • Acadia: The Acadia receives a freshening for the 2012 model year. Yukon, Yukon XL: GM is expected to lock in its plan for full-sized trucks in six to nine months. One option: Drop the Yukon, on grounds that the more fuel-efficient V-6 Acadia fills the needs of most Yukon buyers. The Yukon XL might survive to support commercial applications for the big V-8 SUV. • Canyon: A redesign had been penciled in for the 2012 model year. A global compact pickup platform is being developed by GM do Brasil, which could provide a U.S. model. But GM may drop a compact pickup because of poor sales. The Canyon is built in Shreveport, La. GM is closing that plant in 2012. • Sierra: The timing of the next-generation Sierra 1500 pickup has not been determined. The next-generation pickups likely will be pushed back to 2013. • Sierra 2500, 3500: The re-engineered heavy-duty pickups have been pushed back from the 2011 model year to the 2012 model year or later. • Savana: No major changes are planned for GM's full-sized van through the 2012 model year. *** On that XTS, I think they meant to say Mercedez Benz S-Class. If the XTS was the same size as the Mercedes Benz E-Class, it would make it compete against the CTS which is in that same segment. The Mercedes Benz S-Class is about 205 inches long.