When Buick unveiled the 2013 Buick Encore at the Detroit Auto Show, sources were quick to tell us that a Chevrolet variant is on its way. In fact, some even said that the Chevy version will be a bit longer while being what the Chevy Cruze is to the Buick Verano.
But GM North America President Mark Reuss was quoted as saying that Chevy will not produce a vehicle based on the Gamma Plus platform that underpins the Encore (and the Opel Mokka, as well). The reason? The Chevy Equinox:
“We’re not doing Chevrolets off this platform,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is put a Chevrolet alongside this and take Equinox sales away.”
The GM Authority Take
While Reuss’ words do, indeed, carry a lot of weight, we wonder if he’s referring to not selling the Encore’s Chevy cousin in North America. After all, it would be quite silly for Chevrolet to not offer an alternative to the upcoming Ford EcoSport with a subcompact crossover of its own.