Chevrolet aims Orlando at business buyers

The seven-seat MPV is expected to be popular with families looking for a practical people carrier at a low price, but Chevrolet says the low running cost will also prove to be a hit with fleet operators and user choosers.

Keith Jones, Chevrolet National Fleet Sales Manager, said: "Backed up by a three-year warranty, high mileage fleet, service & maintenance package options and the support of a nation-wide dealer network, the Orlando is an outstanding and versatile proposition.”

Labelling the Orlando as the ‘start of a journey that will reposition Chevrolet as a totally committed provider to the fleet sector’, Jones confirmed it would be a major market for the new model.

Chevrolet Orlando prices start from £16,385 on-the-road, but it is the annual road tax of £150 from the 159g/km diesel models which will entice fleet buyers to the brand.

Benefit-in-Kind rates vary between 23 per cent and 29 per cent depending on the model, which include a 1.8-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel offering 130bhp or 163bhp.

This is backed up by the lowest insurance group in the seven-seat MPV sector, and Chevrolet believes an increase in standard equipment will add to the value of the car.

The Orlando comes with Electronic Stability Control, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, six airbags and three 12v power sockets inside.

Moving up the range, a host of other features are added including rear parking sensors, climate control and an upgraded stereo system.

The Chevrolet Orlando MPV is available to buy now from Chevrolet dealers in the UK. It signals the first time Chevrolet has sold a people carrier in the European market and strengthens their market presence ahead of the introduction of the Camaro muscle car in 2012.