TTAC Rewind: 2014 Chevrolet Captiva LT 2.4

This afternoon's TTAC Rewind is meta, in a sense. Author Jack Baruth notes that TTAC traffic numbers sometimes show that years-old reviews are doing well -- because people are searching for a particular model as a used car.

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Chevrolet's Fleet Queen Abdicates The Throne

Chevrolet is ending American imports of the Captiva Sport, a fleet-only crossover that was popular with rental car companies.

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Bark's Bites: The World's Fastest Chevrolet Captiva, Or Why You Should Buy A Used Equinox Instead

“Sir, I apologize for your wait,” said the wrinkled, harried, middle-aged man at the rental counter. His face showed the wear of having spent every bit of fifty hours a week inside a 10′ x 10′ box at the airport garage for years. “As you can see, we’re extremely busy this morning. The moment we have a car available for you, we will get you one.”

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Rental Car Review: 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport

If you’re shopping for a compact American crossover, Chevy’s Equinox is likely on your list. If however you’re looking to rent a small crossover, the Chevrolet Captiva Sport is probably what you’ll get for $29.95 a day from Hertz. While you’re bound to see them on the streets, you can’t buy them new unless you’re a fleet customer. That’s because the Captiva is designed to do two things: keep fleet sales of GM’s other CUVs low and continue to amortize the cost of Americanizing the Opel Antara. Yep, that’s right, under the bow tie, the Captiva Sport is none-other than the 2008-2010 Saturn VUE, aka the Opel Antata, Holden Captiva and Dawewoo Winstorm MaXX. We spent a week in a Hertz rental to find out if Chevy’s rental soft-roader should be on your used CUV shopping list.

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Chevrolet Ignores A Captiva Audience; Cadillac Gets SRXy

“On a clear day,” John Z once famously wrote, “you can see General Motors.” The day has yet to come, however, when the works of GM will be made plain to the mortal man. Consider, if you will, the bizarre story of the “Theta” platform in the United States. It’s a huge success; the Equinox and Cadillac SRX (which, we are assumed, is totes different from the Equinox, but we will will discuss that contention below) combined for about a quarter-million sales in 2011. It’s a perfect example of the way GM is supposed to work nowadays: there are two platform variants with very little visual similarity combining to provide high volume in one model and high profit in another. Theta is NAFTA-friendly, with the cheapie being made in Ontario and the luxury model in Mexico. The two models are generally well-reviewed. The obscurity, stupidity, and thrown-darts decision-making which used to characterize the General are nowhere to be seen. What’s to criticize, even here at TTAC, where we typically cast a jaundiced eye on the RenCen fire drill?

Well, there is the minor issue of a third Theta, which is as perfect an example of GM’s undiminished ability to screw things up as the other Thetas are of the company’s ability to get things right.

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  • El scotto Well, most who want EVs have bought EVs. $7500 might be enough incentive to have the fence-sitters move and buy an EV. I have a strange feeling most dealers with new EVs are going: "$7500, that'd just from the feds!, why the manufacturer is also adding money on the hood, and the salesperson looks around shiftily, I bet the sales manager will take even more off if you sign today."The market has hit equilibrium for EVs.
  • Jalop1991 It’s not like insurance rates are all that transparent to begin with. They’re calculated through a medley of a person’s ageJust to get this straight: financial services companies are making decisions about how/if they do business with me because of immutable characteristics--grouping me in with everyone else the same age and saying "they're all like that".Did I get that straight?
  • Slavuta Nein!!
  • Slavuta I can also say this... If EU is not buying EVs, who will? There goes green world. It goes, goes, goes
  • Slavuta EU does not need cars because they will not have neither fuels or electricity. I could be wrong though, because normal people started to win elections over there.