GM India has quite an impressive line-up on display at the 2010 Auto Expo in Delhi. Consisting of 11 vehicles, both production models and concepts, the cars have been segregated into 3 distinct categories - Chevrolet Green, Chevrolet Performance and Chevrolet Hot Hatch. Like the name suggests, the Green group consists of the vehicles intended for the tree-hugging buyer. Included here is the Chevy Volt which is an electric vehicle with extended-range capability. It can do a claimed 64 km without using any petrol or emitting any emissions through its exhaust system. Power for the electric motor comes from a T-shaped Lithium-ion battery pack. For extended driving, an onboard mounted small capacity motor is used to drive a generator that provides the electric juice that the batteries need for re-charging. The Volt will make its debut sometime later this year and as for India, its launch depends on the kind of attention that the car draws at the Auto Expo in Delhi.
Another ice-cap saver is the Electric Spark or the e-spark. This is India's first 4-door passenger electric vehicle and is the result of fruits of the combined labour put in by GM India and the Reva Electric Car Company. Based on the existing Spark platform, the propulsion will be handled by the competent Reva's powertrain system.
While some conserve the environment, others love to make the most of it. Yes, that's us, the performance hungry folk! And to cater to those who love shred their car tyres to smoke, look out for the Chevrolet Performance cars on display, with the 2010 Camaro being the proverbial plum in the pudding. Although butch and brawny looking, the Camaro employs top-notch aerodynamic body design and state-of-the-art fully-independent suspension. The SS variant of the Camaro hammers the tarmac with a whopping 6.2-litre V8 that produces 462 bhp and 62 kgm of torque. Although it seems highly unlikely that the Camaro will make it to dealerships in India, it won't quite hurt to keep our fingers crossed!
What we saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009 has also made it to Delhi. Yes, we're talking about the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Cruze that is on display at the Auto Expo. Developed by the UK-based Ray Mallock Ltd (RML), the Cruze is growing into a truly competitive racer, having won 6 races already. The WTCC-spec cars are not too different from the production models and this just goes to show what a competent car the Cruze really is.
If you want performance in the dirt, a place where even the Camaro or the Cruze would shudder to go, you ought to get behind the wheel of the new Captiva Xtreme that has been launched today. A limited edition, the Xtreme boasts of a reworked front bumper, an electric sun-roof and sporty red and black two-tone interior trim, among other things.
Other cars on display include the Aveo CNG, Spark LPG in the Green segment and the Optra Magnum and Cruze complete the Chevrolet Performance group. The Hot Hatches consist of the Chevy Beat and the Aveo U-VA