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    • The Next Chevrolet Cruze Shows Its Face To The Camera

    Well what do we have here? A new set of spy shots show off the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze without any camouflage - most likely due to the model being part of a photoshoot.

    The overall shape of the new Cruze is very striking and takes some ideas from the new Malibu and Volt with a rising beltline and sloping roof. Other details to take into consideration is a new design of the split grille, headlights, and flared out fenders.

    The new Cruze is expected to get the turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder that was introduced in the Malibu earlier this year. A diesel and plug-in hybrid are rumored to be available as well.

    The Cruze is expected to debut at the LA Auto Show in November.

    Source: Left Lane News

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    Oh my. That looks... forced. I'm sure non-telephoto shots will show the design better, but it looks like it might be the least successful of the new Chevy's, design-wise.

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    It does bring the Kia Forte to mind like Uncle Dave said, but like Cory said, maybe it's the camera lens.  Weird rear bumper likely an RS item.  After the criticism of the black triangle, they've doubled down on that element with this one.  I am sure once we see it in the metal, it will look good though.

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    I has fears we would get the Chinese version at first but when the add with the 5 new models were in shadow I saw the nose of this car had a Cruze nose with proper grills. This told me we were not getting the car from China.

     

    GM pretty much has brought the Cruze and Volt together closer. With the Malibu Hybrid and CT6 also getting Volt like packages in they cars I wonder if they will roll the Volt into the Cruze as they expand the Voltec line into more models.

     

    In other words GM will grow the Volt line in most of their cars and the Volt itself in a gen or two will just be a Model of the Cruze.

     

    I like the car but I am not keen on the side view with the tall hood to fender area. It may just be the photo so I will not rush to judgment. The car other wise looks up scale and I love the blue on it.

    Designing a small sedan is one of the toughest things to do today. To make it Practical, Stylish, Usable and Aero you have to pack a lot into a small area. As for looking like other models most cars today do and if they are already popular sellers that will not hurt a thing. I really do not think many will mistake the bow tie on this one for anything but a Chevy. The nose has the new Chevy face we were told was coming .

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    This looks great IMO.. as I loved the new Volt, this car is just as great as that one and more, but without the same grille work it loses the similarities to the Acura designs. This one looks more upscale and luxo than the current model before the facelift. The current one with the facelift was an obvious precursor to what we would be seeing thru out the Chevy line.. just as the recently debuted Malibu was. 

     

    Finally I think that Chevy will have a name that isn't marred by BS and cheap materials. The Cavalier lasted for 3 Generation.. I have a feeling that this one will go well beyond that, as it has earned a rep that signifies acceptance in the market place, of quality workmanship and great tech and fuel economy. 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, A dual-clutch transmission, and return of the diesel engine option is welcome and a continued and concerted effort to retain leadership in that fuel economy. There is also speculation that this car will be getting Voltec as well. Meaning that Chevy will have two Hybrids in the line and two all out EVs. Anyone questioning this hasn't been listening for the past 9 years about compliance needs for CAFE.. which kick in soon. 

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    Well...  they sell a lot of Cruzes..  The Volt was distinctive, but maybe it was too out there for potential buyers and now Volt is in line with the Cruze so they will compliment reach other in the show room?  I do not know.. I am just thinking..  I do not think the new Cruze is unattractive. It looks better than the current car.

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    current Cruze is a classic chevy design and might be the best received Chevy design this decade. However, it was looking dated.

     

    This follows up on it, leaves a more laid back look for something cab forwardy (which I hope is coming back).  It brings in a futuristic look on the same platform and guts mainly which is amazing. It manages to look American and yet comparable to Asian cars at the same time (like the Civic most particularly).  This helps Chevy win over new buyers, particularly Asian intenders.

     

    The car also has a youthful look, so will lure in younger buyers as well.

     

    If you look at the Volt interior, the Cruze interior will be very close to that also.  Its a home run inside and out.

     

    With good looks inside and out, new tech and powertrains, more space, this should be a good seller for Chevy.  They will overprice it though, and not produce enough for launch plus the existing Cruze will continue...so all that will conspire for a typically slow botched GM car launch.

     

    Real curious to see if the diesel actually carries over.  If it does, i bet it will hit 50 mpg rating.

     

    Fantastic strategy to bring the Cruze and Volt together.  Now the Volt is basically a Cruze hatch.  Maybe the Cruze will get a hatch option.  The grennhouse design of the new Cruze would easily adapt to a coupe (2 door, ahem) as well without much fuss.  I think they should bring the 2 door to market too.

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    Don't really like it myself, tho it does appear to be a nice evolution of the current design theme.

     

    To me, the rear looks like they tried to combine all other models (impala, malibu, Camaro, Volt).  Guess that's just GM making noses & tails the same for better-easier identification?

     

     

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    Looks ok.. A little like they got some former Saturn designers working on it along with some help from Kia.  The front and especially rear are a little too busy IMO.

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    Well It has a little Ford, Kia, Hyundai and Honda with some new Malibu in it.

     

    The old car was good but has really grown old with the Passat like roof line. It was good but in this segment you need to remain current.

     

    This one should sell well as it look like most of the current best sellers. The talk hood and tires that even thought they are large look small on this one.

    I just hope the lesser models still have that upscale look about them and do not look like a base car even if they are. That is the part of this segment that can make a winner fast is to have a entry car that does not appear to be an entry level car.

     

    As for the Volt/Cruze Chevy all along wants the Volt to be like a regular car so they made it look like a regular car. It should do well as it does not look like a science experiment or an Apple product. With so many other models adopting the similar electric system I would not be surprised If at some point the Volt is folded over into the Cruze line as the electric version. GM is on a big push for electric and I expect all models will have some electric version soon along side the gas models.

     

    The real news here I expect will be a major weight drop and jump in MPG. If the Volt dropped as much as it did they should do even better here. I would expect this to be at least 2900 pounds or even less.

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    I'm seeing the Chevy TRU 140s concept car in a lot of this Cruze design with some additional Corvette-inspired styling in the rear.  Not sure how I like it just yet, but will reserve final judgement until the official release this fall.  So far I will say I'm not disgusted with it, but see a lot of Asian influence in its design (a'la Honda Civic).

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    Pretty aggressive styling, and quite similar to the Volt's - and I personally find that interesting.

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    As a current Cruze owner, I can say...

     

     

    I think it looks better than mine.  It is kind of Honda-ish but overall I like it.

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    For me - I like the old exterior better. I do like driving my wife's 2012 more than my Taurus - but I couldn't deal with the lack of space. I'm sure this next generation will soldier on as a great little car too.

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    Yeah...Super, It probably will be a great little car. But its a big yuck for me in the looks department. 

    I much prefer the new gen Volt.

     

    (I think I will do blue colour for my posts....just to stand out...you know...its not as if Im an extrovert or anything...) :spin:

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    I like the Volt, but base don the Spy pics I like the Cruze more. It looks more aggressive.. which is more up my alley. My hope is that this time around, despite already having a healthy performance portfolio.. Chevy creates an SS Cruze like the Cobalt SS. 

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    Yup...about the Cruze SS....and the kicker...Gm has got one it Europe all ready to go...via  Opel , however...there is a thread today about GM's business case for something like this...Ill chiume in later in the afternoon for that chat as I cant continue now...flipping burgers is what I gotta do...see you folk later.

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    I would rather see Buick put out a Verano GS and give Chevy a Sonic SS for brand differentiation. The price of a Chevy Cruze SS would easily climb into Camaro territory. With the Sonic, you're getting the lowest curb weight and best pricing scenario.

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      2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
      “Sometimes to fully test a vehicle, you need to put it in a situation where it isn’t fully comfortable.”
      That was the case for the Mazda MX-5 Miata as it would not be only driven in the middle of one of the coldest winters in Michigan, but it would also be taking me to and from the Detroit Auto Show. Crazy? Of course. But the MX-5 Miata was wearing a set of winter tires which helped it stick to the road. Despite the cold temps and snow that would fall during the latter half of the week, the MX-5 Miata proved to be just as fun as it would have been in warmer weather. Sharp handling, an engine that loved to rev, and a slick six-speed manual transmission. It didn’t hurt that I could actually fit my suitcase into the trunk of the Miata for the show.
      2016 Scion iA
      I have a trend of driving brands or vehicles that will be ending. Most infamously was the time when I drove a Suzuki SX4 for review and then hearing the news of the brand leaving a couple of days after returning it. That was the case of the Scion iA. A few months after driving the iA, Toyota announced that it was shuttering the brand. Some of the vehicles, like the iA would continue as Toyotas. This was a smart move as the iA proved to be a winner. Being a rebadged Mazda2 was a big reason as to why I liked the iA. It was a fun vehicle to drive around town or on a special road. But it also featured a lot of standard equipment including automatic emergency braking. While the brand is gone, it is good to see the iA lives on.
      2016 Toyota Prius Three
      I have never been a fan of the Prius family. Every Prius that I have reviewed left me wondering who decided to start selling a science experiment and not an actual vehicle. But the 2016 Prius is my biggest shock of the year. Yes, the Prius will take its time getting up to speed on the freeway. But around town, the Prius was a spritely performer. More surprising was how well the Prius drove. Taking a corner, I was expecting to experience motion sickness because of how much body roll previous models had. But the Prius took it like a champ showing little body and some decent steering - thank the new TGNA architecture. It doesn’t hurt that I got 60.2 mpg as my average for the week. Well done Toyota.
      2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
      If there is one shining light at Volkswagen, it would have to be the Golf family. Last year, I named the Golf GTI as one of my favorites. This year, that honor falls to the SportWagen. Yes, it isn’t the sharpest looking vehicle in the class and the DSG transmission needs some more work. But Volkswagen got the basics right. The 1.8T is powerful and delivers excellent fuel economy. The interior spacious for both passengers and cargo - I was able to fit two massive Ikea boxes into it. Volkswagen also mastered the dark art of balancing fun to drive with comfort. I could take the Golf SportWagen down a windy road and be entertained. Afterward, I could drive it around town and not feel any road imperfections. 
      There you go, the eight vehicles that earned a coveted spot on my favorites list. Now it should be noted that some vehicles we’re close to getting onto this list, but were kicked off for one reason or another. Here are those vehicles,
      Chevrolet Malibu 2LT: Chevrolet did an excellent job with the new Malibu with fixing a number of issues that plagued the old model. But the 2LT introduced a new set of problems - questionable materials, poor road noise isolation, and the lack of options. I really do like the new Malibu, just not in 2LT form. Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible: Loved the V8 performance and noise. Hate the $54,000 pricetag. This might explain why GM has such a large amount of Camaros sitting on dealers. Hyundai Elantra: Hyundai played it safe with the updated Elantra and this would have been ok a couple of years ago. But in light of the redesigned Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, it wasn’t enough for the Elantra to be a strong contender as it once was. Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X: This was a truck I really wanted to like. Nissan was trying something different with the Titan XD - offer something between a light-duty and heavy-duty pickup. Plus, a nice Cummins V8 diesel could have been the cheery on top. But trying to convince someone that your truck is the best is difficult since truck buyers tend to stick with one brand. Not helping is the lack of cab and bed sizes. At the time of our original review, the XD was only available as a crew cab. A regular cab has been since introduced. But it seems Nissan doesn’t fully understand the truck market. You need to have a lot of options available to buyers at launch, not down the road.
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