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Paris Debut for Australian-made Show Car
October 5th, 2008
GM Holden’s international reputation for building show stopping cars will be further enhanced with the public reveal of the Chevrolet Orlando, at the Paris Motor Show on 4 October.
Designed at GM’s global design centre in Bupyeong, Korea, the show car was built at GM’s Technical Centre in Port Melbourne, Australia before being shipped to Paris.
GM Holden’s Design Director, Tony Stolfo said the design team based in Australia had a great track record within General Motors for building world class show cars.
“With concepts such as EFIJY and Coupe 60 receiving fantastic international coverage, we have gained a strong reputation in this area,” Mr Stolfo said.
“It’s a testament to the expertise found here in Australia that we were asked to be part of this global collaboration.”
Orlando’s unique design explores the potential of combining the versatility attributes of a sport utility, a family van and a wagon in a single execution.
A seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with distinctive sport-utility-like design, Orlando boasts adaptable seating and impressive interior space.
With flared fenders instead of a flat side-body, Orlando has a muscular stance that gives it the appearance of a sport utility vehicle, yet offers dynamic ride and handling and easy entry thanks to its car-based architecture.
The spacious cabin can be quickly transformed into a large cargo area. A generous 2,760mm wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks provide Orlando with outstanding interior roominess.
Inside, the design meets the needs of families with adaptable, theatre-style seating in three rows that comfortably accommodate up to seven occupants. Infotainment options, navigation and plenty of storage space make practical additions.
A range of occupant and load-carrying configurations is provided by 60/40 second-row and 50/50 third-row split folding seating.
Design details include a centre stack recess to hold a personal device such as iPod or MP3 player when it is connected to the USB or Aux ports.
The ice-blue theme for instrument illumination is also used on the exterior of Orlando in the laser-etched surfacing of the headlamps, tail lights and full-length glass roof.