2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

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GM is out testing the new Hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze.

And, of course, it does look very similar to the so called “concept” they showed at the Paris Auto Show just a little while ago.

So far, GM claims the hatchback version is only for Europe and Australia.
They might change their tune once sell numbers of the 2012 Focus hatch come out.
I really think the Focus hatch will be very popular in the US. The 5 door Fiesta already is.

It would be a bad move for GM to keep the 5 door Cruze out of the US market.

Conversation 11 comments

  1. This is really nice. The look of the sedan really fails because if the boring, dopy rear end design. This is much less conventional and more youthful and sporty.

  2. Am I allowed to say that the Cruze sedan AND hatchback look much nice than the Fiesta and Focus, inside AND out?

    I'm not a fan of the latest swoopy Hyundai / Mazda / Ford designs, which remind me of the mid-1970s Datsun B-210.

  3. It doesnt matter anyway. In other countries the Cruze is not selling anywhere near as good as they thought they were. A flop more or less.

  4. Saw the new Focus at the car show today. Very nice. Big crowd around it. Not so much at the Cruze display. In person, it doesn't look new. Even the Volt wasn't drawing any crowds.

  5. I've found the Cruzes I've seen on th road to be quite attractive. I haven't seen the interiors yet. While I commend Ford on their new design motifs and I predict their models are going to sell very well, their swoopy language (as well as Hyundai's and Mazda's) doesn't appeal to me personally. I prefer more of where Chevy (I can't believe I said that) and Kia are going personally.

  6. Looks good. All GM needs to do is put a potent 2.4L naturally aspirated engine into it to sell it in North America.

    Current engine choices in the Cruze are not up to the task.

  7. They need to put a proper engine in these things…The turbo is obnoxious and the 1.8l is a bit slow and rough.

    Just put the 2.0l in it already!

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