2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback.

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Looking like something G could really use in the US.
So far, this is for Europe ad Australia only.

But I really think this car could compete with the Mazda3 and new Focus over here as well.

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  1. Yeah,it would make a nice addition to the Cruze line up in the U.S. I test drove an LTZ sedan with the 1.4 turbo and 6 speed auto with 17 inch wheels a few weeks ago. I found the Cruze to have plenty of get up and go especially around town and merging onto the interstate. GM got so many things right with this car. With that said there were a few things I was disapointed with. Rear seat leg room seemed a little tight. My '09 Civic EX-L has more rear seat leg room than the Cruze. & some of the plastics on the doors seemed a little cheap feeling, but nothing I couldn't live with. I actually liked the way the Cruze drove more than my Honda. If GM can keep the quality up and the price right they have a winner on their hands & adding the 5 door just makes sense. If they sold an LTZ 5 door here I would seriously consider one. After I drive the new Focus 5 door first of course.

  2. Put a proper engine in it!
    That stupid little turbo gets worse mileage than the Hyundai Sonata. Why do people think turbos are efficient…It is just simple physics.

  3. Certainly more (aesthetically) pleasing than the sedan version, but…

    It's starting to look like Chevy really priced this thing quite a bit too high and will have to resort to the same old devaluing/discounting tactics that they used with the Cobalt to moved them out of the showroom.

    Personally, I have yet to see a single one on the road, and I live in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles… which means I commute a lot.

  4. I think this looks great! They should bring it here! Too bad it lost the concept's taillights! Why does GM not understand that cool lights would add pizazz and spice up their offerings! Sigh…

  5. I think they should make a proper station wagon version.

    Push the rear hatch out and make it vertical to the ground.

    It will be ugly as sin (like the hatchback), but much more practical.

    I don't understand the turbos or the pricing; they're trying to make this into some kind of premium car. It's not an Audi, it's a Chevy.

  6. Chevy tried the premium equipment/pricing back in 1981/82 with the first Cavaliers.
    The pricing strategy was wrong, and slow sales made the new Cavalier look like a flop.
    After Chevrolet adjusted equipment and prices downward, Cavalier sales rocketed to America's top selling car. I hope Chevy remembers it's history and this car's positioning right.

  7. Vince, I test drove the Cruze for fun about a month ago now. The Cruze is an absolute JOKE.

    It is priced FARRR too high. Who in their right mind is going to buy a Cruze for $25,000 with 140HP when the Sonata Limited is LITERALLY nearly the same price? The one I drove MSRP'ed for $25,1xx.

    The Sonata is a far superior vehicle in every way to the Cruze, and the same can be said about many other vehicles that the Cruze is priced similar too. The engine in the Cruze was weak and the transmission never wanted to downshift. The interior materials, while WORLDS ahead of the Cobalt, still weren't class leading but this car commands a class leading price and then some.

    Chevy better reprice this thing quick. I haven't seen a single one on the road since it has been released and GM IS advertising the vehicle.

    The Elantra and Focus will walk all over the Cruze.

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