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Orlando leads Chevrolet drive to regain lost sales


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High value and rich specification lists are key elements in a Chevrolet's plans for fresh sales.

After losing more than 4,000 registrations when it pulled out of leasing and bodyshop sectors, the US brand will begin bidding for new rental and contract hire business in spring. In the vanguard is the Orlando, its first compact seven-seat multi-purpose car due on sale in March.

Aggressive pricing will allow it to undercut every rival. By summer, the growth plan will be bolstered by a five-door version of the Cruze.

Managing director Mark Terry said the car's spacious interior and versatility will allow
Chevrolet to woo business drivers and help it become a major player in the Motability market.

Based on the Cruze platform, the chunky MPV comes in three trim levels and is powered by a five-speed 1.8-litre petrol motor or six-speed 2.0-litre diesels offering 130bhp or 163bhp. Five-speed auto transmission is optional.

With electronic skid control, air conditioning, power mirrors and front windows, tinted glass and follow-me-home headlights fitted as standard, the entry-level LS has a good spread of equipment for its £16,395 price tag.

Costing from £17,395, LT models get rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, front fog lights and upgraded stereo, while the top LTZ stands on 17-inch alloys and has cruise control, auto headlamps and wipers, power-fold door mirrors and a rear cargo net. This model costs from £18,195, but diesel versions are available with a £2,000 executive pack that adds 18-inch alloys, leather trim, heated front seats and satellite navigation.

The 130bhp diesel is the pick of the bunch for performance and economy. This version of Chevrolet’s latest power unit is faster than the petrol motor, has 8mpg better economy at 47.1mpg, and feels just as sprightly as the higher output unit. With all the torque it needs to carry super-high six-speed gearing, it is relaxed on motorways with the rev counter needle hovering below the 2,000rpm mark at 70mph.

Rivals: Mazda 5, VW Touran


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