Thursday, March 17, 2011

2012/13 Chevrolet Cruze wagon


Not sure if this is an illustration or not. But this isn't the 1st time I hear about a wagon version for the Cruze.

Looks like Chevrolet is really trying to compete in the segment, already adding a 5 door hatchback.
But that's for Europe, where the Cruze isn't such a big hit.

They should offer every version over here in the US. And add a sporty coupe as well.

15 comments:

Dav said...

Easily the best looking on the Cruze-line ;-)

Anonymous said...

Not bad.

I agree with Vince... bring a coupe( make it a 3-door hatch, to compete against the tC, and the smaller CR-Z, and Eclipse, for examples).

Chevy used to sell a 3-door hatchback, The "Geo" Storm(a rebadged Isuzu), 20 years ago, and from what I read, it sold nearly as well as the Cavalier(which itself, iirc..., sold well, at the time).

We test drove the "Storm", in 1990... if it was built by almost anyone else, besides Isuzu.... we would have purchased one.

Anonymous said...

As someone who owned two 80's GM 4 cylinder cars it would be very difficult to trust GM with another. Hate to say it but I could just imagine the entire exhaust system corroding after 4 years, the timing belt snapping once a year, the windows and door locks not working. Fool me twice, shame on me, fool me three times...

Anonymous said...

From what i understand the Cruze is built in the US?
The Cruze for the rest of the world rolls out of a factory in Korea which says "Daewoo" on the front of the building.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Opel wagon that the Regal is based on. Looks more useful than the Cruze hatchback. Bring it on.

Anonymous said...

Sure looks a lot like the OPEL INSIGNIA. It has the same side windows with slightly different taillights.....

Here's what MIGHT happen. The Insignia wagon comes over as a Buick. GM has one wagon, the TOO EXPENSIVE FOR ITS OWN GOOD Cadillac sportswagon (Have you actually seen one on the road in the US?). Then after charging too much for the Buick version of the station wagon, it finally comes to Chevy dealerships with a reasonable price

See my theory in action below:

Currently Honda takes the EURO Accord Tourer, slaps an Acura badge on it and sells it in the US for 5-10 grand MORE than it is worth, then since no one buys a $30,000 import station wagon, they kill the model and don't sell it as a more reasonably priced Honda (which it should have been in the first place).

Anonymous said...

If GM is serious about the Cruze, a real wagon is a great idea and would probably be the best looking adaptation from the sedan. But a wagon is a risk. Too small and too sporty is often the road the automakers are taking (like the Mazda 3). Tiny and sporty is great if your a single 20yo, but difficult if you need to use that room and are a 6ft adult. Mazda can sell that type of wagon because it sells to younger Zoom-Zoom buyers. I like the Cruze and hope they find a good balance in a wagon. Its the only small car that looks modern and still decidedly American. I agree that they need to make sure they also last longer than 2 years. Good luck GM - because small cars are not your strong suit.

tim said...

@anon

I've owned a used 2006 Chevy Cobalt since 2007 and can say (along with many Cobalt owners I know) that it's engine quality isn't a problem. Underpowered? Absolutely! But haven't had anything go wrong with it. The interior quality however is another story... it was a cheap high-school graduation present but I wish brother would have done more research on alternatives to it... not a bad car to get you from point A to B, but nothing to brag about either.

Anonymous said...

"As someone who owned two 80's GM 4 cylinder cars it would be very difficult to trust GM with another."

Jeez man, it was thirty years ago. Every automaker has had a bad stint since then. Do you ride a Schwinn?

The wagon is easily the best design of all the Cruze configurations. The tail lamp design is really bad still, but it works best here because the wagon height visually occupies some of the rear mass.

Gromit said...

To the person who said: "The Cruze for the rest of the world rolls out of a factory in Korea which says "Daewoo" on the front of the building" - the Holden factory in South Australia has just started building them.

Anonymous said...

As someone who owned two 80's GM 4 cylinder cars it would be very difficult to trust GM with another

Yea that makes a lot of sense. I had a 1980's SONY TV and a 1980's mobile phone and both were junk by today's standards, so I haven't bought a TV or a mobile phone since.

THINGS CHANGE, IDIOT!

Kit Lover said...

Benz like piece of kit. Who was that guy that did not like that saying " Piece of kit" I love it and am over using it daily.

FuioptimaSX said...

If such a thing ever comes to fruition, you can guarantee it won't look as good as this picture.

For the model's sake if this ever actually makes it out into the market place, they are going to have to change the design features that date back to 2008. The US JUST got this 3 year old design and have gotten in their head with the cobalt and impala that 6 year old designs are ok.....they ARE NOT.

I'm still waiting for Ford to live up to its "Major change/refresh every 3 years" promise. Luckily for them the Expedition and Navigator clan look as good today as they did in 2007. They sure didn't play around when it came to the F-150 though.

Anonymous said...

To the guy that called me an idiot. The cars were not bad just by today's standards, they were lousy by 80's standards as well. Seriously, If you drove two lousy dodges, ford, nissans would you buy another one? If you did wouldn't that kind of make YOU an idiot? i don't think GM could win back this customer. Honestly they would have to appologise on their knees and give it to me at cost minus 20% for all the trouble and cost they caused me.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, If you drove two lousy dodges, ford, nissans would you buy another one?

GOOD POINT. And precisely why I will NEVER EVER buy another Honda/Acura or Toyota/Lexus.

(Had darn good luck with Dodges, Fords & BMW's though)

Such is the luck of the draw.