GM's Next Next Big Thing: The Chevrolet Cruze

gms next next big thing the chevrolet cruze

While GM PR is milking the plug-in electric – gas hybrid hybrid Chevrolet Volt for all its worth, the automaker is shifting emphasis towards it latest savior. The Camaro. Wait. No. That's not it. The Beat. Nope. Hybrid SUVs? Uh-uh. The Cruze! "Wider and longer than most of its competitors, Cruze has a purposeful stance…" Yada, yada yada. Engines? At its European launch, the Cruze control will feature a choice of a 1.6-liter (112 hp), 1.8-liter (140 hp) or a new 2.0-liter turbo diesel (150 hp) four banger; with a five-speed stick or all-new six-speed auto. U.S. spec? Mpgs? No se. But here's the real news: GM reckons they can

make money on building and selling this sucker in the U.S. "Small cars are becoming a permanent feature of the U.S. market, and the odds of earning a decent return have gone up" for domestic auto makers, auto analyst John Casesa told CNNMoney. "The window of opportunity for GM is now." Only, as Dow Jones' anonymous writer points out, "GM is counting on one more critical – but still uncertain – element to turn small cars into money makers, which is that consumers will ante up thousands of dollars more for a new small Chevy." Now what are the odds?

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  • Bunter1 Bunter1 on Aug 22, 2008

    Davey49-most of the press stuff I have seen has as put it at a 2011 model for the US. Perhaps I am wrong. A valid question on why I am so skeptical. Here are some thoughts. Once the new wore off the Aura has shown pretty so-so, the 'Hoe was from day one, the VUE is thirsty and overweight (though improved), the CTS and 'Bu are competitive but I have yet to see either win a head to head against their major competitors. The 'Rado has essentially a split decision in tests vs. the Tundra. Ergo, they are not blowing anyone but true believers socks off. When you factor in that GMs reliabilty is below average (yes they have some individual high scores). Whether you consider JDP VDS, CR or TDs data they all show the same trend. Just saying there are reasons I am not impressed. Take care friend, Bunter

  • Davey49 Davey49 on Aug 22, 2008

    I think the Sebring looks good so I'm OK with cars looking like it. I think the Sebring is the best looking midsize sedan. There's a bit of Sonata in the Cruze also. Bunter1- correct about the problem with GM reliability. Compared to the Malibu the Ford Fusion seems very blah and uninspired but it does have excellent reliability so far. Could be a win for Ford in this case. Sales of the Fusion are inching up each year as people are getting the word.

  • Dukeisduke I'll probably own some kind of EV someday, but I don't see it happening in the near future. Any kind of really large scale production is going to be hindered by the availability of rare earth minerals, so I don't see EVs taking over anytime soon, despite the wishful thinking of some folks. Instead, people in urban areas will be "encouraged" (shamed) into riding public transportation, and for people that live further out, or in the country, will still mainly drive ICE vehicles.I don't have anything against EVs, I just think the hype is overblown.Speaking of Dodge, I was watching the "Roadkill Nights" stream on Motortrend+ on Saturday, and Tim Kuniskis was interviewed live, and said there was a huge announce coming about the future of Dodge muscle, at the Woodward Cruise this weekend. I assume it'll be something about EVs. By the way, it was mentioned after the interview that Kuniskis started his career working as a service technician at a Dodge dealership. I'd never heard that before.
  • Dukeisduke I'd like to see some kind of two-door pickup version (like the original Bronco, not a Gladiator clone). The one on the recent Dirt Every Day episode made a pretty decent crawler. I like the steelies on this one.
  • THX1136 @Matt: Totally agree. Buying a 'used' cat is not the same as buying a used one. I would also suspect that the asking price would not be in the $800 range. Unfortunately there are folks out there that care not for their fellow man and would happily 'make a profit' at the customers expense (both literally and figuratively).
  • Mike Beranek "Fuel Economy, U.S.17 city / 19 highway / 18 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)":What in the world are these people thinking?
  • ToolGuy "We’ll see what happens with Haas." I wonder what happened with Haas?