Chevrolet Orlando beats sales expectations

The vast seven-seat model is designed to look more like an SUV than a traditional, boxy people carrier but with demand for new cars falling, sales were expected to be lower than the final amount for March.

In total, 3,824 Orlando models were sold from Chevrolet dealerships, helping the US-based brand towards a seven per cent increase in sales in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same period last year.

“March was a very promising month for Chevrolet. The all-new Chevrolet Orlando is now in our dealerships and we are already seeing a positive impact on our sales figures,” said Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe. “Orlando’s crossover-styling, its car-like ride and handling, and the generous interior space for seven passengers make it a very good value proposition."

Available in entry-level LS, LT and range-topping LTZ specifications, the Chevrolet Orlando offers an engine line-up comprising a 141PS 1.8-litre and a choice of a 2.0-litre diesel in three different power outputs.

Priced from as little as £16,395, the Chevrolet Orlando is on sale in UK Chevrolet dealers now. It will be joined by several new Chevrolet cars in the coming months, including an updated Chevrolet Captiva which will arrive this month.

A new Chevrolet Aveo will arrive in summer and the updated Cruze hatchback and iconic muscle car, the Chevrolet Camaro, will be introduced by the fast-growing brand in autumn.

Finally, the extended range electric Chevrolet Volt, the rebadged version of the Vauxhall Ampera, will go on sale in Europe in November.

In the UK, the Volt will be eligible for the government’s plug in grant, which deducts £5,000 from the price of electric cars.