Chevrolet introduces the 2011 Captiva Sport on the U.S. market

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2011

General Motors Co. has launched the Chevrolet Captiva Sport compact crossover in the U.S. fleet market. As a result of this strategy, GM will be able to free up the Chevy Equinox for retail sales. Dealerships have been complaining about the shortage of Equinoxes. From January to February 2011, Chevy sold 28,281 Equinoxes, a 61% increase from the same period a year earlier.

In a statement, Alan Batey, Chevrolet service and sales chief, said that it turned to its global network to cope with the growing demand from local fleet customers and to continue to meet strong retail demand for the Equinox.

The Captiva Sport has the same platform as the Saturn Vue, which was discontinued in 2009, as the Saturn brand ended. The Captiva is sold in over 50 markets throughout the world. GM plans to bring it into the U.S. from the Ramos Arispe plant in Mexico.

Meanwhile, a U.S. version of the Captiva will arrive in the fourth quarter as a 2012 model. The five-seat crossover will be powered by either an Ecotec 2.4-liter four cylinder or a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, both with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Captiva Sport will come in LS and LT models with four trim packages, including the LTZ (an all-wheel-drive model). The LTZ version is powered by the V-6 engine and is also offered with a leather trim package, sunroof and 10-speaker sound system.

According to Batey, the Captiva Sport’s various features being offered are as rich as those found in any vehicle from Chevrolet. Fleet customers, Batey added, will see that it is a versatile vehicle as it offers the cargo capacity they want as well as the efficient package that can help keep expenses down.

At the heart of the Captiva Sport is a driving character that is clearly European-inspired. There is the MacPherson strut independent suspension in the front and the independent multi-link suspension in the rear, both of which complements the stiff and the steel body frame of the integral structure.

Due to the isolated engine cradle, a smooth ride is assured with quietness improved as well. Coming in as standard on all the models are the StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, and four-wheel antilock disc brakes. These different systems work hand-in-hand to result in outstanding vehicle control.

While handling features like the StabiliTrak aid drivers in avoiding crashes, the Captiva Sport improves the protection of its occupants with the use of high-strength steel structure plus a list of other standard safety features meant to protect occupants. As expected, standard as well are the front-seat side thorax air bags and the dual-stage front-seat air bags.

Then there is the rollover capable head curtain air bags which cover the front and that of the rear rows, which are also equipped as standard. The standard safety features do not stop there as this model will also be getting front-row safety belt pretensioners, active head restraints, and the automatic power door locks.

Standard as well are the side turn signal lamps and tire pressure monitoring system. There is also the Pedal Release System that decouples the brake pedal in the event of a crash and thus helps in ensuring that the occupants avoid injuries.

Press Release

Chevrolet Captiva Sport to Help Meet Fleet Customer Demand for Compact Crossovers

Chevrolet will introduce the Captiva Sport, a new entry to the U.S market, later this year to help satisfy growing demand for compact crossovers by fleet customers. The Captiva Sport is a variant of the globally successful Chevrolet Captiva compact crossover.

Variants of the compact crossover are sold in more than 50 markets across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America. The U.S.-specific version will give fleet customers a contemporary five-seat crossover with a comprehensive range of features and amenities, and will also address their need for roominess, utility and fuel efficiency.

"It says a lot about our ability to draw on international programs and proven, quality crossovers that we were able to identify and federalize a strong new entrant such as Captiva Sport for the U.S. market," said Alan Batey, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service. "We turned to our global network for a solution to quickly meet the rising demand from local fleet customers and continue to meet strong retail demand for the Equinox."

The Captiva Sport will be available for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2011, as a 2012 model.

The Chevrolet Equinox continues to show strong retail sales growth, with retail sales up 98 percent in February compared with the same month last year. Chevrolet expects sales retail sales to remain strong, in part due to its 32 mpg highway fuel economy rating, higher than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.

The Captiva Sport features either an Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder or 3.0L direct-injected V-6 engine – each matched with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Because the crossover is based on a proven GM global architecture, only minor revisions are required to meet federal standards, allowing Chevrolet to fast-track the Captiva Sport for the United States.

The Captiva Sport will be offered in LS and LT models, with four trim packages, including an all-wheel-drive model (LTZ). All models feature 17-inch aluminum wheels, XM Satellite Radio, six-speaker sound system, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, air conditioning, power locks and windows (with driver's express down) and remote keyless entry.

Uplevel LT and LTZ models include the V-6 engine (with dual exhaust), along with OnStar and Bluetooth phone connectivity. A rear-view camera and leather trim package – including leather-trimmed and heated front seats – are standard on LTZ and available on other trims. The LTZ trim also includes a 10-speaker sound system and a sunroof.

"The range of features offered by the Captiva Sport is as rich as any Chevrolet vehicle," said Batey. "Our fleet customers will find it to be a versatile vehicle that gives them the cargo capacity they need, in a fuel efficient package that will help keep their ownership costs in check."

Under the skin

At the core of the Captiva Sport is a European-inspired driving character, with a stiff, steel body-frame integral structure complemented by a MacPherson strut independent front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension. An isolated engine cradle enhances quietness and contributes to a smooth ride.

Standard on all models are four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control – systems that work together to provide outstanding vehicle control

In addition to handling features such as StabiliTrak that help drivers avoid crashes, the Captiva Sport helps protect occupants with its high-strength steel structure and a long list of standard occupant-protection safety features. Dual-stage front-seat air bags, front-seat side thorax air bags and rollover capable head curtain air bags covering front and rear rows are standard on all models.

Other standard safety features include front-row safety belt pretensioners, Pedal Release System that decouples the brake pedal in a crash to avoid injuries, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system, automatic power door locks and side turn signal lamps.

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