Amid the hoopla of the three cars' debut, GM's vice chairman, Bob Lutz, called the concepts the "triplets." A troupe of dancers heralded the unveiling, and the audience was encouraged to throw colored balls--each corresponding to one of the cars--onto the stage to express a preference. Chevy is likewise encouraging people to vote for their favorite cars in an online poll.
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The two-door Chevrolet Beat hatchback is GM's take on a micro-import tuner car. With a body design that resembles the WTCC concept car Chevy unveiled at last year's Paris auto show, the Beat is designed to appeal to drivers wanting to personalize their rides.
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With its flared rear-wheel wells, five split-spoke alloy wheels, and bold rear-headlight arrangement, the Beat exudes a bold, aggressive design language. The Beat is propelled by a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine.
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The Beat was the only one of the triplets that the press was allowed inside. In the cabin, the requisite concept-car trim comprises an instrument panel, a steering wheel, and a gear shifter trimmed in transparent plastic, as well as a placeholder navigation system.
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Positioned as a "micro-SUV," the front-wheel-drive Trax features the most innovative drivetrain of the three, with a 1-liter gasoline engine assisted by a battery-pack-driven electric motor that drives the rear wheels, creating a hybrid four-wheel-drive system.
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To underline its utilitarian mission, the Trax features a single-unit bumper and fender in front, and a rear-mounted spare tire and roof rack.
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In typical concept car style, the Trax features a number of bizarre exterior design cues, including these half-moon rearview mirrors.
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With a profile that suggests it took some inspiration from the Scion xB, the Groove is the boxiest of the three concepts. The four-door Groove features an upright front windscreen, flared fenders, and a short snout that, according to Chevy, were inspired by a "half-soldier, half-modern" military helmet.
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The Groove is powered by a 1-liter diesel engine and is equipped with 17-inch, five-spoke wheels.
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