SHANGHAI -- Supplier and General Motors sources say GM's new architecture for small cars and minicars will have a worldwide annual volume of 1.4 million units. The architecture, called Gamma inside GM, will provide mechanicals for the next Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Chevrolet Aveo starting in 2009.
The architecture also could underpin an Opel/Vauxhall minicar that would be positioned below the Corsa small car. Opel is considering introducing a Fiat Panda-sized car in about 2010.
Final decisions have not been made, but GM and industry sources say GM is looking at producing Gamma variants in Korea, China, Thailand,
India, Mexico and Venezuela. Cars also may be assembled on the Gamma architecture in eastern Europe.
Huge global architectures such as Gamma favor global suppliers that have factories in all major markets. The world cars also generate more work for small suppliers in low-cost countries such as China and India, where much of the production will take place.