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Technical problems delay Captiva

Complex technical problems have delayed Chevrolet’s launch of the Captiva SUV – the first all new vehicle to be made in former Daewoo production facilities in Korea following GM’s takeover of the Asian company.

Captiva will still make its UK debut at next month’s British International Motor Show in London, but the anticipated launch date has been put back from September to sometime between January and March next year, as revealed in AM (June 2 issue).

Production of left-hand drive models remains on schedule according to Chevrolet but engineers have hit problems involving the engine, steering and overall structure of the right-hand drive 2.0-litre diesel. The UK arrival of the 2.4 petrol has been similarly delayed until the 150bhp diesel’s problems are resolved.

Chevrolet has admitted that the diesel’s problems are complex and that the remedied product will have to undergo all the relevant durability and crash testing, delaying production.

The company also believes that most of its 85-strong UK dealer network remains on-side regarding the delay – especially as the Captiva will put Chevrolet in front of a new UK audience willing to spend an average of £18,500 for the new car.

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