GM considering using Volt technology in the Chevrolet Orlando

While General Motors prepares for the launch of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt for Nov. 2010, the automaker is already studying where else it could apply the hybrid-electric technology in its product lineup. According to Jon Lauckner, GM’s vice president of global program management, one place might be the new Chevrolet Orlando seven-passenger crossover.

Lauckner said that while GM has no definite plans to use the Volt technology in the Orlando, but noted that the Orlando will be built on an architecture that would easily allow GM to incorporate the hybrid-electric powertrain.

“I would point out that the Chevrolet Orlando is built on the same basic vehicle architecture and component set as the Chevrolet Volt,” Lauckner told Automotive News. “So if it makes sense, it’s certainly something we can take a look at.”

The 2010 Chevrolet Orlando will come to the U.S. market in 2011.

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