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Last Updated: March 30, 2009

Here at GMInsidenews we strive to have the most accurate information regarding every aspect of General Motors.  Afterall, that is the reason we exist and that has been our forte  for the six years we've been online.  Below you're going to find the latest information on GM product from 2010 model-year through 2013 model-year.  Please note that GM's product plans are changing daily right now, so below is essentually a "snap shot" of the future of GM product.  There is about three weeks of research put into the below; digging through documents, reading news articles and consulting insiders for the latest on each product program. 

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2010 Model Year


Buick

Enclave: USB port and new radios for 2010.

LaCrosse: The all-new LaCrosse is to launch in early summer of 2009 as a 2010 model.  It is the first car on the North American market to be based on GM’s new Epsilon II platform.

Cadillac

CTS: Cadillac is replacing the fuel-injected 3.6L that is currently the base engine in the CTS with GM’s new direct-injected 3.0L High-Feature V6.  In addition, expect a new range of wheels that includes 19”. 

CTS Wagon: The new CTS Sport Wagon is going to be launching this summer as a 2010 model.

DTS: 2010 model-year is it for the current generation DTS.  We are told however that GM may extend the life of the DTS through 2012, but no confirmation of that has taken place at this time.

SRX: All-new for 2010, based on GM’s TE (Theta-Epsilon) platform.

STS: 2010 will be the last model-year for the STS.

Chevrolet

Cruze (Europe): Unlike North America, Europe and other world markets are getting the Chevrolet Cruze in May 2009.  The car is identical to that of the upcoming U.S. version, but has different powertrains.  The European Cruze sports a 113 HP (83 kw) ECOTEC 1.6L and a 141 HP (104kw) ECOTEC 1.8L

Equinox: All-new for 2010, launching this summer as a 2010 model. 

Malibu: The current ECOTEC 2.4L may be replaced with GM’s new direct-injected 2.4L that debuted in the 2010 Equinox.  We’re hearing this change may not take place until mid-model year though.  If they do add the new DI 2.4L, expect fuel economy numbers to increase along with power ratings.  Although we have not heard any solid numbers, we expect that the engine would be able to achieve 34-35 MPG on the highway.  GM has been aggressive thus far with increasing fuel economy on the midsizers every year. 

Silverado: Silverado models are said to be getting some minor changes, but not much is known at this time.

Traverse: Like many 2010 GM products, the Traverse is going to get updated radios and navigation with USB connectivity for MP3 player integration.

GMC

Acadia: USB port and new radios.

Terrain: This is the 2010 Equinox’s new brother.  However the Terrain will not be sharing any sheet metal with its Chevrolet brother.  The interiors will be similar though.  Like the Equinox, expect the direct-injected 2.4L standard and the new direct-injected 3.0L V6 optional.  Production is slated to begin in March 2009.

Holden

Cruze: Holden will launch the Cruze compact car late this year as a 2010 model.  This Cruze will be the one imported from South Korea.

Opel/Vauxhall

Astra: The all-new Astra is said to arrive in November 2009 as a 2010 model.  Expect numerous changes as we have already noted from spy photographs of the car. 

Insignia ecoFLEX: A new Insignia tuned for the environment will be launching in August 2009 with a 2.0L turbo diesel engine pumping out 160 HP (118 kw), but only emits 140 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Pontiac

G8: There is speculation that the G8 V6 will get the direct-injected 3.6L, which is good for 300 HP and better fuel economy.  We have not been able to confirm it with any sources for some reason.

Torrent: 2009 was the last model-year for the Torrent.  It is being directly replaced by the 2010 GMC Terrain. 

Saab

9-5: The all-new 9-5 may finally launch at the end of this year as a 2010 model.  There is a lot of uncertainty with Saab right now, so only time will tell.

2011 Model Year


Buick

 

Excelle: An all-new Excelle will launch in China-only for 2011 model-year.  We've already seen spy shots of the new vehicle and it appears to be heavily based on the Chevrolet Cruze.


Cadillac

CTS: After a year delay, the CTS Coupe is expected to launch in early 2010 as a 2011 model.  Engines will include the same direct-injected 3.0L and 3.6L as the sedan and wagon.  However also expect a V-Series edition of the car.

Chevrolet

Aveo: An all-new Aveo is supposed to start production at GM’s Lordstown, OH assembly plant in July 2010 as a 2011 model.  This will be the first all-new Aveo since the car came to the North American market several years ago.  Expect the styling to follow the recently-announced Spark.

Camaro: Unless plans change, the Camaro Convertible should go into production next year as a 2011 model.  It was supposed to start production shortly after the coupe this year, but due to GM’s financial situation that was pushed back.  On regular Camaro, expect a navigation system, head-up display, and rear parking assist to be added to the option list.  The coveted Z28 variant of the Camaro is said to be on hold pending the company’s financial situation, but if the hold is lifted it could make it to the 2011 model-year powered by the Supercharged 6.2L LSA V8 with 556 HP.

Cruze: The Cruze will finally launch in summer 2010 as a 2011 model.  The base engine will be a ECOTEC 1.8L with around 140 HP, while an optional direct-injected, turbocharged ECOTEC 1.4L will round out the lineup.  The 1.4L is said to achieve upwards of 45 MPG on the highway, but final numbers do not exist at this time.  GMI has also heard tid-bits that a Cruze SS has already been developed for the U.S., and that the red Cruze that was at the Detroit auto show was actually an SS (minus the badging of course).  That might just explain why said car had cross-drilled rotors on it…

Silverado HD: 2011 is going to bring the HD trucks to a new version of their platform and slight cosmetic changes.  The cosmetic changes are said to include a revised front fascia; notably to get rid of the massive amounts of chrome on the current HD’s bumper.  This is their “mid-cycle enhancement” so to speak.  There were rumors of a new 6.9L Duramax diesel, but we hear that is not the case.  A slight power bump in the current 6.6L Duramax may take place to keep the competition in check.

Spark: The all-new Spark will launch in global markets (Europe and Asia) in 2010 as a 2011 model. 

Volt: GM’s first electrically-driven vehicle will hit the market in late 2010 as a 2011 model.  Do not expect any sort of high volume initially however.  We’re told initial production numbers are less than 10,000 units.

GMC

Sierra HD: 2011 is going to bring the HD trucks to a new version of their platform and slight cosmetic changes.  The cosmetic changes are said to include a revised front fascia; notably to get rid of the massive amounts of chrome on the current HD’s bumper.  This is their “mid-cycle enhancement” so to speak.  There were rumors of a new 6.9L Duramax diesel, but we hear that is not the case.  A slight power bump in the current 6.6L Duramax may take place to keep the competition in check.

Holden

Cruze: Holden's locally-built Cruze models will start in the 2011 model-year. 

Commodore: An all-new Commodore is slated to launch in 2010 as a 2011 model.  The car will be on the revised version of the Zeta platform that the new Chevrolet Camaro is built upon.

Opel/Vaulhall

Pontiac

G6: This will be the final model-year for the current G6.  A replacement on the Epsilon II FWD/AWD platform was planned, but with GM’s recent announcement of a massive downsize in the Pontiac product portfolio, it is likely that the G6 will simply die after the current car is finished.  If replaced, the new car will be a rebadged Epsilon II Chevrolet Malibu, which has been confirmed.

Saab

9-4x: The TE-based crossover was supposed to launch this year as a 2010 model, along with it's cousin the Cadillac SRX, but financial problems led GM to delay it.  Now we expect it to launch next year as a 2011 model.  That, of course, contengent on Saab's future as a company.

Saturn

Outlook: 2011 will likely be the last model year for the Outlook as GM focuses on shutting down the Saturn product line.

2012 Model Year

Buick

"Astra": GM’s product board is currently exploring the idea of adding the Opel Astra to the Buick lineup in both North America and China.  If the idea is approved, the Buick car would likely get a new name and revised design (a little more revised than the Regal).  GM feels there is potential for a mid-luxury compact in both markets now.  Approval of the idea is not expected this summer.

Regal: Late last year Buick launched an all-new Regal in China.  The car is basically the Opel Insignia.  GM is expecting to launch that car in the North American market in fall 2011 as a 2012 model.  The car will probably be a refreshed version of the Chinese Regal and be built at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant.

Cadillac

Chevrolet

Colorado: Finally an all-new Colorado comes out in 2012 model-year.  It will be based on GM’s new GMT-700 midsize body-on-frame platform.  Little else is known about the 700’s.

Gamma SUV: GM has been working on a small crossover based on the 2011 Aveo’s Gamma II platform.  We’re told that it is still on for production in 2011 as a 2012 model.  GM and sources have been quiet about this product, so not much is known.

Malibu: The all-new Epsilon II based Malibu will be arriving in 2011 as a 2012 model.  This Malibu is design is going to be used globally, with the only difference being that the North American Malibu will be on a long-wheel base version of the Epsilon II platform.  Expect nothing but direct injected engines; ranging from the ECOTEC 2.4L to a variant of the High-Feature V6 line.  The interior design is going to follow the current car rather closely, but with fully-integrated switchgear and an overall more enthusiastic design.

MPV: Initially a Chevrolet crossover similar to the Kia Rhondo was supposed to debut this year, but it was pushed back due to GM’s financial situation.  The car is going to be based on the Chevrolet Orlando concept car that debuted last year, which is on the Delta II platform.  This new MPV is going to be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and is said to share parts with Opel.

Spark: As GM announced at the Chicago Auto Show this year, North America is getting the all-new Spark mini car.  Engines are expected to include a 1.0L and 1.2L; supposedly obtaining over 45 MPG.  The car follows the Beat concept car from a couple years ago and is supposed to be in the U.S. in late 2010 as a 2011 model. 

SUT: GM is working on a Chevrolet Lambda SUT that would be tagged to compete with the likes of the Honda Ridgeline.  So long as it does not end up canceled, it will arrive in late 2011.

GMC

Canyon: An all-new Canyon is set to arrive for the 2012 model-year on GM’s new GMT-700 platform.  A lot of the development for this vehicle has taken place within GM’s South American divisions as they are quite familiar with small pickups.  Not a lot is known about the 700’s yet.

Holden

Volt: Yep, Holden will launch their version of the Volt electric car in 2011 as a 2012 model.

Opel/Vauxhall

Ampera: Opel will get it's own version of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle for the 2010 model year.

Pontiac

G5: An all-new G5 could arrive for 2012 model-year.  It, like the current G5, would be a rebadged version of its Chevrolet counterpart; the Cruze.

G8: 2012 is supposedly the last model year for the G8 (possibly sooner).  There is currently no planned replacement for it.

Saturn

Aura: 2012 will be the final model year for the Aura.

Sky: The sky will cease production quickly into the 2012 model year.

Vue: Expect the Vue to die in 2012 as well, ceasing production of the final GM-sourced Saturn product.

2013 Model Year


Buick

Enclave: An all-new Enclave is slated to arrive in 2012 as a 2013 model.  No details are known on the vehicle at this point.

Small Car: GM will be replacing the next Buick Excelle in China with a Delta II sedan designed just for Buick.  The car will be sold in both China and North America. 

Cadillac

CTS: A redesigned CTS is going to come out in 2012 as a 2013 model.  It will be based on Sigma II and production will likely continue at the Lansing Grand River plant.

Escalade: An all-new Escalade will arrive on a variant of the Lambda crossover platform.

Escalade EXT: Like the regular Escalade, the EXT will move to Lambda as well.

Chevrolet

Impala: The current Impala finally dies in 2013.  Once the current car is discontinued, it will go on a 2-3 year hiatus and return again; reportedly on the a long wheel base version of the Alpha rear-wheel drive platform.

Traverse: An all-new Traverse comes out in 2012 as a 2013 model. 

GMC

Acadia: The next-generation Acadia arrives in 2012 as a 2013 model.

Holden

Opel/Vauxhall

Pontiac

Solstice: 2013 model-year is the last year for the Solstice.  At this time no replacement is planned.

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