Chevrolet Orlando makes global debut at Paris

The Chevrolet stand featured updates to the Aveo supermini and Captiva SUV, as well as a new Cruze five-door hatchback and the Orlando MPV.

Other models on display included the Chevrolet Spark, released earlier this year to replace the Matiz city car, which was supported by the unique Chevrolet Spark DJ car.

The DJ car is a fully functioning road model, but can also be turned on its side and used as a DJ deck – with the wheels doubling up as turntables.

Even more thrilling was the appearance of the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette ZR1 at the Chevrolet exhibition. Both models will be sold in the UK in future as right hand drive cars, bringing the number of new Chevrolet models up to seven within two years.

In a busy show for Chevrolet, the Orlando was one of the most interesting models premiered. The MPV is Chevrolet’s first in Europe, but it isn’t an entirely new model for the GM-owned brand. Instead, it is based on the same platform as the Cruze and Vauxhall’s Astra.

Available with a 1.8-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel, the seven-seat Orlando is more compact than other seven-seat cars such as the Ford S-Max and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.

In terms of styling, the Chevrolet Orlando stays close to the concept car is first appeared as, and follows the same design cues as the Spark, updated Aveo and Cruze.

Chevrolet will sell the Orlando in the UK from 2011, where it hopes to compete with the likes of Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen in the competitive MPV segment.