Chevy Cruze Spotted in Wild, Camo Free
Chevy’s upcoming Cobalt replacement sibling replacement, the Cruze, has been spotted out in the wild wearing New York dealer plates. In rental white and with black door handles, it looks pretty generic and just a little strange. Compared to the original press photos, it also looks pretty large, which is not necessarily a bad thing. As we’ve said before, the key for this vehicle will be whether GM can live up to their 40+ mpg promise for this car. If it can, that may be enough to cut into sales of vehicles with immense intertia, like the Civic and Corolla. The Cruze will ride on the Delta platform that is also set to underpin the Volt, which oddly enough is also targeting 40 miles as its range on a full charge. Maybe. And while the Volt is set to cost some $40,000, this Cruze should be available for well under $20,000 when it hits dealers in the summer of 2010.
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- Stuart de Baker This is depressing, and I don't own one of these.
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- Deanst I like most things Peugeot recently, along with Skoda wagons and, for practicality’s sake, a Toyota Corolla hybrid wagon. And the Honda e.
Not that great a color, but I think it looks alright. Remember that TTAC represents the pinnacle of automotive best and brightest and therefore no detail goes unnoticed (unpunished?). For the majority of the folks out there looking for basic transportation needs at an affordable (financiable) rate, what's so bad about this car?
Styling = "meh..." Hopefully otherwise it will be really good - troublefree, really good mileage, quiet, drives good, or whatever. Doesn't have to be all those things but the durability and mileage is important.