BRIEF: General Motors plans to introduce a small SUV called the Chevrolet Trax in Mexico and Canada
May 15, 2012 (Menafn - Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --General Motors plans to introduce a small SUV called the Chevrolet Trax in a key addition to its foreign product mix.
The vehicle, which is to be introduced at the Paris auto show in September, will be available in showrooms in Mexico and Canada starting in the fourth quarter.
The five-seat Trax won't be sold in the U.S. because it's similar in size to the Chevrolet Equinox.
"The Trax provides Chevrolet an entry into a growing small SUV segment and delivers the flexibility, great fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require," said Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of product development, in a statement.
GM spokesman Michael Albano said in an interview that the Trax reflects a response to "a lot of growth in this small SUV segment." He said it's "coming off a new architecture" that also generated the Chevrolet Sonic.
"There's so many components of it that are new to give us higher seating position and the opportunity to have a bigger set of wheels," Albano said.
GM declined to reveal pricing or fuel economy data. Albano said the company was not ready to reveal other markets where the vehicle would be sold.
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