What's Wrong With This Picture: Freshly-Hatched Cruze Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture freshly hatched cruze edition

Yes, it’s real. And no, it’s not an Impreza. But it will help Chevy continue its campaign of cannibalism against Opel, as GM’s presser notes that

Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe.

Look for the production model to debut at the forthcoming Paris Auto Show… meanwhile, my first-ever beef with the Cruze (that it seemed styled to be a sedan-only model) has basically been settled. For the Europeans, anyway.

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  • Zombo Zombo on Sep 04, 2010

    It's ironic that a car that looks like a lowered and chopped Dodge Caliber is being called nice looking by as many people who saw the Caliber as ugly . Too bad the hatch version of the Cruze probably won't be sold in the sedan preferring U.S. market . http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/review-2010-dodge-caliber-sxt-updated-interior/

  • Andrew van der Stock Andrew van der Stock on Sep 05, 2010

    Although this car was styled in Australia, I just hope that it's not built by GM-DAT again. The build quality is so-so to say the least. At least it's not a sedan. Sedans are utterly incompetent family haulers. There's a reason why SUVs are so popular - there are no realistic wagons or hatchbacks on sale in the US.

  • TheEndlessEnigma In 2022 I put my college (then 21 year old) daughter into a 2022 Mirage SE, this year I put my college age 21 year old son into a 2023 Kia Soul LX. They are both very happy to have and both very happy with their vehicles, both are low cost to run and insure.
  • CEastwood If there are 10 laps or less left after a crash and a red flag only let the first ten cars finish the race . I watched the race from about the halfway point and the crashes caused near the end were caused by drivers who had zero to very little chance to finish in the top five .
  • Alan I blame COVID, the chip shortage, container shortage and the war in Ukraine. This aggression is evident in normal daily driving of late.
  • Alan $10 000 is a bit rich for a vehicle that most likely been flogged all its life, plus it's a VW. Lots of electrical gremlins live in them.
  • Alan Mitsubishi, Hino and Izuzu trucks are quite common in Australia. Another factor that needs to be taken into account are the cheap Chinese trucks and vans that are entering the market in Australia and becoming more popular as reliability improves, with huge warranties. Businesses want the cheapest logistics. Plumbers, concreters, builders buy many of these in their lightest versions, around 2.5 tonne payload. Hino/Toyota could use the cheaper competitor in Mitsubishi as a competitor against the Chinese. You don't see too many of the Japanese/Asian trucks in the rural areas.