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Old 03-11-2009, 09:49 PM   #1
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Forget the Volt -- This is the Car That Must Save GM



The Chevrolet Cruze has different jobs wherever it's sold. In the U.S., where it goes on sale from mid-2010, it will be a locally made rival to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. But in Europe, where we've just driven it, it's GM's Korean-made budget-brand entry and sits beneath the same-sized Opel (and sometime Saturn) Astra in GM's price and brand hierarchy.

GM's been promising Americans an "import fighter" small car for years -- and has consistently failed to deliver, whether it with home grown products like the Cobalt, or with rebadged Opels like the Astra. So here's the key question: if Cruze is positioned as a bargain car in Europe, does it really have the quality and style, the functionality and value, to seriously rival Honda and Toyota in America?

Out on the road, the Cruze catches the daylight respectably. The stance is strong, the wheels pushed out wide in their housings. There's a well-defined shoulder line, a simple but assertive dual-port nose and a rear view that has a surprising hint of BMW 5 Series about it. It's a more interesting shape than the Corolla, for sure.

Inside, the three-port instrument binnacle sits beneath a flying visor, the centre console is well-organized and nicely garnished, and a swath of modern rucksack-type cloth runs across the dash and doors. It's reasonably fresh and nicely executed. Come dusk, the dials light up crisply in Chevy's ice-blue, with red pointers.

Roominess has been carefully benchmarked: out back you get plenty head and knee space. In front the seats support well and adjust through a wide range. This feels like a compact car built for the American human.

Germany's Opel was responsible for the basic platform, GM's new new-generation Delta architecture. Notable features include a high-rigidity shell and relatively sophisticated front strut geometry outfitted with hydraulic bushes and aluminum lower arms. You can certainly feel the solidity of the body, as it traverses rough surfaces with nary a shake, and less audible clang than in most of the Japanese rivals. This despite the reasonably firm spring settings in the European-spec version.

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Old 03-11-2009, 09:55 PM   #2
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wow sounds promising!!!
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:14 PM   #3
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That car is ridiculously gorgeous for a little econo-sedan.
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not bad, but the headlights look kinda weird imho.
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:42 PM   #5
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they complained the engine wasnt strong enough???? in an econo car???......ooooookkkkaaaayyyy.

hopefully the steering isnt as light as they make it out to be
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hmmmmmm


they should put a turbo 4
in the cruze and call it a................................


good idea or bad one :(
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:54 PM   #7
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That car is ridiculously gorgeous for a little econo-sedan.



sorry kyle... had to do it for that statement.
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good idea or bad one :(

I't does have a turbocharge 1.4 don't it
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:06 AM   #10
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I'm actually pretty pumped about the Cruze. I'd buy one, if I weren't planning on a Camaro.
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I agree - this is the car that GM needs to sell a pile of to get back into the black and restore their image.
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I'm actually pretty pumped about the Cruze. I'd buy one, if I weren't planning on a Camaro.
if i wasn't plannin on a camaro, i'd drop a 5.3 & turbo in the truck, swap the transfer case for the one out of an SS, put some Eibach/Bilstein suspension parts, Baer brakes, & say screw economy cars!


















but i'd recommend the cruze to those who like that sort of thing
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:27 AM   #13
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I agree with you about the headlights, the Toyota Matrix's look very simalair and appear to be "in".
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If I could not afford a Camaro and this car was out now I would definately buy it. Hopefully this car will be the high-volume seller GM is looking for!
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I't does have a turbocharge 1.4 don't it
Yeah, but I think he wants something like the 2.0L Turbocharged ECOTEC I-4 in there.
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Yeah, but I think he wants something like the 2.0L Turbocharged ECOTEC I-4 in there.
yeah the same engine thats in the sky roadster that produces 250hp and ???tq
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yeah the same engine thats in the sky roadster that produces 250hp and ???tq
Yeah. Cruze SS of sorts I suppose. It's already in the Cobalt SS.
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Yeah. Cruze SS of sorts I suppose. It's already in the Cobalt SS.
Oh ok

well for the SS they should give the body a few tweaks give it more of a aggressive stance new front fascia,also, different tail lights,sporty interior, small spoiler(like the camaros rs spoiler)

basically the exterior should look like the jinx's SS cruze concept PS
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I't does have a turbocharge 1.4 don't it
Maybe. One of GM's recently 'postponed' projects was a North American facility to produce this powerplant, leaving only the European assembly line for the same meaning that GM will have to pay for the cost of importation on top of the European assembly site making the engine notably more expensive to build compared to assembly anywhere in North America. And of course, one site of assembly limits availability, particularly so when you consider that the 1.4L turbo will be the sole engine offered in the Volt.

Unless GM manages to reverse those cancelled plans for US assembly I would suspect a much higher percentage of the more conventional Ecotec four cylinders we already have and a much lower percentage of the newer 2.4L GTDi four than GM initially planned.
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Oh ok

well for the SS they should give the body a few tweaks give it more of a aggressive stance new front fascia,also, different tail lights,sporty interior, small spoiler(like the camaros rs spoiler)

basically the exterior should look like the jinx's SS cruze concept PS
Picture of jinx's concept????
and i think it should have AWD for the ss model
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Ecotec, just gotta love that name

sounds way better than V-tech anyday
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yeah the same engine thats in the sky roadster that produces 250hp and ???tq
260/260

But a Cruze SS along the lines of the Cobalt SS won't happen. The engineering team that was behind that little monster has been disbanded.

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Ecotec, just gotta love that name

sounds way better than V-tech anyday
Ah, but V-tech is worth an automatic 10 hp, 15 if you have a sticker that advertises it
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Picture of jinx's concept????
and i think it should have AWD for the ss model
um sure i will find them

EDIT: here are the Photoshopped pics

this is a coupe concept version, not a sedan but non the less its still badass
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260/260

But a Cruze SS along the lines of the Cobalt SS won't happen. The engineering team that was behind that little monster has been disbanded.


Ah, but V-tech is worth an automatic 10 hp, 15 if you have a sticker that advertises it
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Maybe. One of GM's recently 'postponed' projects was a North American facility to produce this powerplant, leaving only the European assembly line for the same meaning that GM will have to pay for the cost of importation on top of the European assembly site making the engine notably more expensive to build compared to assembly anywhere in North America. And of course, one site of assembly limits availability, particularly so when you consider that the 1.4L turbo will be the sole engine offered in the Volt.

Unless GM manages to reverse those cancelled plans for US assembly I would suspect a much higher percentage of the more conventional Ecotec four cylinders we already have and a much lower percentage of the newer 2.4L GTDi four than GM initially planned.
Don't worry, production of the 1.4L engines for the Cruze and Volt will still occur in the United States in an existing GM facility.
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