By on July 18, 2008

Cruze-in USA (courtesy autoobserver.com)Can't wait for some good news about Product Revolution 2.0 from GM? Well, surf on over to Edmunds Inside Line for the latest in grainy computer-generated images of the cars that are sure to make you forget that GM was ever in any kind of trouble. Think American automakers can't build an attractive, efficient small car? Um, you were right. The first look at Chevy's Cobalt quasi-replacement, the Cruze, reveal bland baby Malibu styling that even Edmunds calls "over-used and derivative." And while the old Chevy Cruze (Suzuki Ignis) was a tall, flexible wagon, the new model sports a long front overhang and a tight greenhouse. But fear not, wagon lovers because the Caddy CTS sportwagon is coming. And by the looks of it, it will be yet another fashion nugget designed to convince Americans that all station wagons have less luggage capacity than sedans. That's right America, if you want to buy a GM with actual storage space you have no choice but to keep buying thirsty crossovers for at least five more years. For example, take the Caddy SRX, the Saab 9-4X or the Chevy Equinox… no, seriously, take them. They'll just be occupying valuable Volt real estate on GM lots come 2010. Finally, we get a look at a mid-sized Buick, possibly to be named the Invicta. Sure it looks good, but will it be enough to rescue the dead brand walking? Speaking of which, is it a coincidence that GM isn't showing any new Pontiac or GMC product? Probably not. The future is now!

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26 Comments on “GM Has Awesome (pictures of) New Cars!...”


  • avatar
    jaje

    GM’s makes the best press releases in the business. Too bad we can’t buy and drive them!

  • avatar
    dastanley

    You damn customers! It’s that perception gap again! You all have it in for us at GM. I’ve worked hard for my 14+ million every year leading GM in our turnaround and you’d better get with it and buy our crap, er, I mean our products, or I’ll sick Lutz on you.

    Rick Wagoner
    GM CEO

  • avatar

    The Invicta was a horribly bland concept and it looks like the production LaCrosse will be the same way. Where’s all the design sparkle of the Enclave? I guess it’s just staying with the Enclave.

  • avatar

    Same old story…

    US automaker releases pics of upcoming cars that would have actually been competitive 5 years ago, and are still several years from production.

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    The Cruze reportedly will have a torsion bar rear suspension for co$t reasons. The Volt and Cruze share a platform (I think) – is that why the Volt’s fuel tank shrunk?

  • avatar
    Redbarchetta

    That Cruze illustration look like a new Accord Coupe in the front with that forced Chevy 2 bar thing. Not bad looking except for the Chevy part in the middle. It look slike a midsize from the drawing, not a lot of practical usefullness in the packaging if it ends up being the size of the current Cobalt. It would be damn sharp looking as a Saturn wagon WITHOUT a choptop.

  • avatar
    oboylepr

    Where’s all the design sparkle of the Enclave?

    Huh?

  • avatar
    JoeEgo

    I’ll just keep hoping the Pontiac news is quiet because the Sportwagon is only just recently on sale down under and GM marketing is entirely incapable of walking and chewing gum at the same time.

    Rumors indicate the Buick to be Epsilon I or II and the photo bears resemblance to the roofline of the Malibu. There’d better be something special to that package to make it stand out from the Chevy.

    The only good thing about the Equinox is it is smaller than the Traverse.

    Finally, I’ll say it one more time: Sportwagon!

  • avatar
    KnightRT

    Is there anything from an American manufacturer that TTAC won’t complain about? The Cruze is the first small car design I’ve seen that doesn’t look cheap. It’ll sell in droves.

  • avatar
    Redbarchetta

    The Cruze is the first small car design I’ve seen that doesn’t look cheap. It’ll sell in droves.

    But the big question is will the Cruze look like the PR photos when it’s on sale in however many years and how far ahead will the competition have gotten in that time.

    I don’t complain about things when they are done right, quit trying to blame us because they can’t build cars customers really want or that can live up to the hype they create 4 years in advance.

  • avatar

    The Cruze looks good right now. But by the time it gets here? The new MZ3 will be on sale and its looks should improve too (not that it’s a bad looking car mind you – I actually think it looks quite good, along with the Golf (Rabbit)).

  • avatar

    this is really exciting stuff…

    I want that cruze thingy.

    Seriously, if they brought back the 2nd gen Corvair, gave it a today’s drivetrain and made it a bit more aerodynamic, that would be vastly superior to all this blandness. Is it the General, or do today’s stylists stink?

  • avatar
    jaje

    There are some domestics that are good cars…but very few and far between:
    - Vette (the Corvette teams lives insulated from GM’s terrible mismanagement)
    - Dakota (as much as people dislike this truck…it is one what I consider of very few 1/2 trucks around and still has a v6).
    - F150/Silverado/Ram (they are trucks as to what trucks are…I think most of the gripes are against the buyers who use them as commuter cars and have that “tough look”)
    - Wrangler (still stays true to its roots but with 4 doors it’s slowly losing its unique traits)

    Most D2.8 concept cars promise too much and deliver too little – just like the mouths of their Executives. We are supposed to listen and take it in stride.

  • avatar
    NN

    The Saab is DOA…no one will care. No matter what GM says, Saab should never make SUV’s. What an amazing time to be the owners of a 4-cylinder luxury car brand…and wow, they have pissed away an amazing opportunity.

    The Cadillac will be sorry because it’s going to be a rebadged Equinox. For some reason, that wasn’t so bad with the Escalade…but there’s a big difference between a Tahoe and an Equinox.

    I think the CTS wagon looks awesome, and I’m excited about that. They probably have modest goals for it, and it will probably hit them.

    The Buick isn’t so exciting…I agree with a previous poster that the Enclave comes across as more elegant.

    The Cruze looks good, too…but when the new Mazda 3 comes out (probably before the Cruze), it will immediately look old. And if Daewoo has anything to do with the engineering and platform, then it will be old. It is a Delta II, so there’s hope that it was Opel, not Daewoo, doing the dirty work.

  • avatar
    windswords

    jaje:

    “- Dakota (as much as people dislike this truck…it is one what I consider of very few 1/2 trucks around and still has a v6).”

    The first gen Dakota was very attractive. The cur4rent one – too “cubist” for me. It is a decent performing truck, but it got too big, so there is little to differentiate it from a full size. If there is a next gen hopefully they will rightsize it.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    “Caddy CTS sportwagon”

    It looks like once again the cheap way out has been taken and a wagon which shares the rear doors with it’s sedan is being made. But, this is the first time I’ve seen one where it looks like the rear window is shared as well. Hideous and counter-productive.

  • avatar

    agree the “vette is a terrific car.

    But the Cruze? That styling (expletive beginning with “s” deleted).

  • avatar
    rtz

    Next gen? Hardly! Those just look like product refreshes. Nothing new. That ain’t going to save the company. Abandon ship!

  • avatar

    rtz:

    Next gen? Hardly! Those just look like product refreshes. Nothing new. That ain’t going to save the company. Abandon ship!

    ENOUGH NEW CARS! Improve the ones you got. For Christ’s sake, how long does it take these people to get it?

  • avatar
    Rix

    That Buick Invicta is a dead ringer for a Lexus GS. At least they’re learning to steal..er ..borrow…from the right places.

  • avatar
    jaje

    As for non matching sedans to vehicles…anyone look at the last generation Saturn Relay’s rear window. It doesn’t fit with the rest of the car but I bet GM got a great deal on extra windows for their SUVs so that slapped that one on the back b/c it did fit yet doesn’t match.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Saturn_Relay_%2705-%2707.JPG/800px-Saturn_Relay_%2705-%2707.JPG

  • avatar
    jurisb

    Ok, now the reality check. Cruze is going to be built and engineered in korea by daewoo.( or will it be a Vectra spun off?) And rebadged as Chevy for NA. Invicta probably will be built and engineered in China. SRx and Saab Suv will be siblings sharing door frames , pillars and windshields.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Buick actually makes a good car, in fact they would be some of the General’s best offerings. Too bad nobody even thinks to look. I am willing to bet that if you hid the Buick identity and wrapped it in ES 350 or Avalon wrappings, the vast majority of present ES/Avalon buyers would be just as satisfied. Sorry but there is some truth to the “perception is reality” line of thinking. Of course one can’t help but comment about what made that perception to begin with…but lets be real. You don’t have to go too far back in time to recall “Bring Me a Wrecker” or “Breakdown Motor Works” for BMW. Nobody brings up the Munich carmaker’s past because they have done a stellar job of managing the present. Yet you still hear about X/J car disasters. This is something the General should ponder.

  • avatar
    davey49

    The Cruze is definitely Daewoo. I’m guessing that it really is the replacement for the Chevrolet Lacetti/Optra/Suzuki Forenza/Holden Viva/Buick Excelle. I wonder if the Forenza will disappear altogether or will Suzuki get a rebadge Cruze.
    Invicta will likely be built in Kansas City next to the Malibu and Aura.
    Torsion bar suspension = larger trunk

  • avatar
    dean

    That CTS wagon looks good to me. Which means they won’t make it, and if they do it will be hit with an ugly stick first.

  • avatar
    limmin

    If that sharp-looking Cruze turbo 1.4L meets its fuel economy claim of 45mpg, Honda and Toyota better get ready for some heavy discounting of its economy cars.

    45mpg is Prius territory, without the Prius drawbacks.

    Will the Cruze hit 45mpg? With a really high top gear, on level grade, going 55mph, under absolutely ideal atmospheric conditions……no, it won’t.

    Turbo engines guzzle fuel, and usually premium fuel at that. Turbos are like exotic dancers—you can cosset them and treat them gently and respectfully, but they’ll still sock you for another $250 bottle of champagne.

    So I’ve HEARD, about exotic dancers. Ahem.


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