George McGregor, president of UAW Local 22, said that GM’s plat management told the Michigan local that it has put plans to build a compact Chevrolet and Opel minivan on hold. The program, known internally as the MPV7, is based on the Chevrolet Orlando concept. McGregor said that GM has yet to install any tooling for the MPV7 and has made no other preparation, reports Automotive News.
Cash-strapped GM, which declined to comment on the report, has postponed many vehicle and engine programs in the past year.
The MPV7, a front-wheel-drive Delta architecture vehicle, was scheduled to be produced at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant later this year. GM told the UAW that it would build Chevrolet and Saturn versions of the MPV7 along with an export model for Opel and Vauxhall.
The model was scheduled to replace the Chevrolet HHR and the Opel Zafira. McGregor said that GM has not said if the MPV7 program will be restarted or whether it will be replaced with a different vehicle program.
– By: Omar Rana