Judging from the big grins and thumbs up the engineers gave our photographers, they were very happy to see them. Not that we are complaining, it’s not everyday you get to see a glimpse of the upcoming “Chevrolet” Matiz development car.
Riding under various panelling, the new Matiz is currently undergoing some early testing in France. Code-named M300, a new, ultra small car platform will also underpin the next generation Chevrolet Beat and Spark.
This new platform actually has more names than we can keep track of. We’ve also heard it referred to as “Global Mini” and “GMDAT-M.”
While the Matiz and Spark should start production in Spring of 2009, the timing on the Chevy Beat still remains unclear.
Given the current desire for more fuel efficient and smaller cars, should GM Holden bring the new Matiz to Australia? If so, should it be sold under the Chevrolet brand (which is expected to launch in Australia soon) or Holden?