Forecasting the release of future vehicles is both an art, and a science. Befriending industry insiders and creating possible roadmaps, from eavesdropping on company employees and monitoring the trademark office, and then being the first to accurately report on a particular future product can land you on the industry’s equivalent of the “do not fly list.” Suffice to say, it’s a tough craft. But the game is a little different when you’re an investment firm whose duty is to provide investors with reliable information about the past, present, and future state of a company — such as General Motors, for instance.
So when parts of the Morgan Stanley Auto Product Guidebook get into the hands of those able and willing to share, we listen. Among the future GM products listed in the Guidebook are:
The Verano hatchback is evidently due this year. The car is more or less available in China as the Buick Excelle XT (Mr. VeranoHatchForUS finally gets his wish, and we hope the Cruze hatch will follow).
Apparently, the Orlando MPV will make a U.S. debut in 2013. We haven’t heard a peep about this, so whether this is true — or not — remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, a Volt Crossover is set for 2015. We’re willing to bet it’s the CrossVolt.
If you’re wondering why GMC isn’t on the list, it’s because there’s nothing for Big Red in Morgan Stanley’s books. Looks like the brand may have to make due with the 2014 Sierra for a little while.
That said, keep in mind that these are educated guesses, rather than official plans that somehow made their way to Morgan Stanley. However, the company did handle the New GM’s Initial Public Offering and holds close ties with Opel chief Steve Girsky and GM CFO Dan Ammann.