Update (July 12, 2015) – The wagon is the Opel Astra Sport Tourer, and not the Zafira Tourer.
A mysterious wagon has been spotted at GM Oshawa Engineering Centre in a picture tweeted by GM Canada, by “MechEng” user of GMInsideNews forums. As per GM Canada’s tweet, the picture was taken at GM Oshawa Engineering Centre with Stephen Carlisle, President and Managing Director of GM Canada, and Mark Reuss, VP of Global Product Development. The tweet says that both were discussing “exciting growth opportunities”.
With a little research on Chevrolet’s sister-brands’ offerings it can be firmly said that the mysterious wagon seen in the picture is the Opel Zafira Tourer. Surely, the highly appealing European MPV can be an “exciting growth opportunity”, since the Orlando failed to do well in Canada. The Chevrolet Orlando and the Opel Zafira Tourer both are based on GM’s global Delta platform but former’s wheelbase is stretched by 85 mm.
Earlier this month, the 2015 Orlando MPV was discontinued in Canada due to poor sales. The discontinuation of this MPV and the appearance of the Zafira Tourer at GM Oshawa Research Centre along with discussion of GM Canada’s “exciting growth opportunities” at the same time, hints that the Zafira Tourer could arrive as a replacement of the Orlando.
The Orlando is now in its first generation model, while the Zafira is now in its second generation, and both these models have been out there in the market since 2011. Maybe GM could consider a common next-generation model?
Little is known as of now, but it looks like GM is on to something “exciting”.
[Image Source: Twitter]