Busting the conventional wisdom it takes a third world to build a profitable small car for the first world, the AP's Tom Krisher broke news GM will build its new small car in Michigan. Wait, Michigan's still considered "first world?"
Nearly Ex-Product VP for GM Bob Lutz may have revealed plans for a car called the 2011 Chevy Viva, a possible name swap for the Korean-built Aveo.
Along with teaser shots of the new Astra for Vauxhall and Opel came this shot displaying the first nine generations of the car — assuming you include the Vauxhall Viva and Chevette. It's an interesting walk down memory lane for a company that's manufactured an average of 100,000 cars a year in this sector since 1963.
GM is bidding against other interests for a "significant stake" in Russian automaker Avtovaz. The company currently produces and markets two models under the Chevy name, one based on the Lada Niva and the other based on the previous generation Opel Astra. The GM-Avtovaz alliance was a bit shaky there for a while, what…