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Paris Preshow: Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, goes on sale next year

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Paris Preshow: Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback, goes on sale next year

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2010

A show car version of the new Cruze hatchback will be Chevrolet's star attraction at this year's edition of the Paris motorshow, which kicks off on September 30. Even though GM uses the term 'show car', the five-door hatchback version of the Cruze is virtually production ready minus some show-floor bling such as the blue hue on the headlamps, big wheels and the LED daytime running lights.

While keeping the front end and taut body lines of the sedan model, the refreshingly stylish hatch comes with a sweeping coupe-like roofline and a unique rear end treatment. GM has not yet issued any photos of the cabin, but don't expect any changes over the four-door saloon.

According to the automaker, cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close to 400 liters and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.

The available engine range will most likely be identical to the sedan that is currently offered in Europe with two petrol engines, a 113HP 1.6-liter and a 141HP 1.8-liter, plus a 123HP 2.0-liter turbo diesel.

The new Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with prices announced nearer the launch date. More markets will get the car shortly after, though GM has not said if North America will be one of them.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, beleives the addition of a hatchback version to the range will further bolster the car's sales.

"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets," said Brannon. "The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe."

The Cruze hatch is one of four world Chevrolet premieres at the Paris show and will join the new Orlando MPV, Captiva SUV facelift and the new Aveo.

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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/paris-preshow-chevrolet-cruze-hatchback.html

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Nice...much nicer than the sedan. More changed from the sedan than I expected. I figured the rear doors would have been carried over from the sedan, but these are different, and not the same as the Astra, I think.

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Chevy unveils Cruze hatchback for Europe

Paul McVeigh

Automotive News Europe -- September 3, 2010 10:44 CET

Chevrolet aims to boost sales in Europe's key compact segment by launching a hatchback version of its Cruze sedan.

Chevrolet Europe head Wayne Brannon said hatchbacks account for 65 percent of compact sales in Europe and the Cruze hatchback will help the brand be "taken seriously" as a mainstream player in the region, adding that the five-door Cruze hatchback will have the value-for-money positioning typical of the brand.

"The Cruze is turning out to be a real success story. We are selling it in 70 countries around the world and it has recently surpassed the Aveo as our top-selling passenger car nameplate globally," Brannon said in a statement.

The Cruze hatchback will debut as a concept at the Paris auto show on September 30. Sales start next summer with prices announced nearer the launch date. The Cruze sedan went on sale in the spring.

In Paris, Chevrolet will also unveil the Orlando, the brand's first minivan in Europe, which will compete against models such as the Volkswagen Sharan and Ford Galaxy.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100903/ANE/100909955/1130#ixzz0yTfq1cIe

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Paris auto show: Chevy Cruze hatch set for reveal

By GREG MIGLIORE

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is set for a debut at the Paris auto show.

Chevrolet is using the Paris auto show to roll out a five-door version of the Cruze, its much-anticipated small car.

The Cruze rides on General Motors' global compact underpinnings called Delta. It will be shown Sept. 30 and is one of four Chevy premieres at the show.

The Cruze hatch is a natural fit for Europe, where the segment accounts for 65 percent of volume in the compact segment.

A Chevy spokesman told AutoWeek there are no plans to sell the hatch in the United States at this time. It goes on sale in Europe in the middle of next year.

The Cruze sedan eventually replaces the Cobalt in the United States. It goes on sale in late September and will be built in Ohio.

For more Paris Auto Show News, click here.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100903/PARIS/100909961#ixzz0yTto3KNw

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Paris Preview: GM unveils Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for Europe

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Sep 3rd 2010 at 11:28AM

General Motors will be expanding Chevrolet of Europe's lineup by adding a five-door Cruze, and while we won't get our first look at this new hatchback for a few weeks, GM has decided to preview it early with a few pictures on the web. Sure to be one of the major draws at the Paris Motor Show in just a few weeks, the liftback ought to compete nicely with the 2012 Ford Focus five-door, but don't expect GM to offer the more functional Cruze in the United States. "Americans don't like hatchbacks," remember?

Much like the Aveo RS and Buick Regal GS from this year's Detroit Auto Show, GM calls the Cruze hatchback a "show car," but in this case, that means that it's somewhere between the stages of concept and prototype. Don't expect the body to change, but we can easily see the front LED light bar and larger wheels being scrapped for the sake of cost-cutting.

Chevrolet says it will begin selling the Cruze hatchback across Europe in mid-2011 and pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date. Follow the jump for the full details in GM's press release. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

New hatchback is next chapter in Cruze success story

- Hatchback show car to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show

- New model will build on Cruze sedan's global appeal

- Cruze hatchback cements Chevrolet's mainstream credentials in Europe

- One of four Chevrolet premieres in Paris

The story of the Chevrolet Cruze goes from strength to strength with the latest chapter heralding the launch of a new 5-door hatchback model, further evidence of Chevrolet's intention to bring value for money to all mainstream segments in Europe.

A show car version of Chevrolet's compact contender will be seen for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, on September 30. It will be one of four world Chevrolet premieres at the show.

With the introduction of the new Cruze hatchback, customers have an alternative body style to the traditional sedan and Chevrolet has raised the bar again with a vehicle that brings new levels of value against some of the more established competition.

According to Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, the potential for meeting further customer demand is significant. "Cruze is turning out to be a real success story. We are selling it in 70 countries around the world and it has recently surpassed the Aveo as our top selling passenger car nameplate globally.

"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe."

Since its launch in the spring 2009, the Cruze sedan has been warmly welcomed by markets all over the world, greeted as a step change for the brand with customers attracted to its coupe style, build quality, 5-star NCAP rating and driving dynamics. It was also elected the AUTOBEST car of 2010 by a jury of leading auto writers in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Chevrolet Cruze is a car particularly well suited to European driver tastes, a fact borne out by sales success across many of markets. So far in 2010, Cruze tops the compact sedan sales charts in many of the larger European markets including Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the U.K., where it is exceeding forecasted sales.

Outside of Europe, Cruze's sales momentum is equally evident. In China alone, Chevrolet has sold nearly 90,000 Cruze since the start of the year, while the sedan is also selling well in Russia, parts of South America, and in India and other emerging markets.

Hatchback design

With its attractive sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs at both the front and rear, the new Cruze hatchback has the same dynamic 'stance' as the sedan and will be instantly recognizable. It will benefit too from the same taut body 'feel' on the road, being built using the new body-frame integral system (BFI) which is complemented by the final tuning to chassis components. The BFI system results in high levels of stability and solidity.

Cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close to 400 liters and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.

Chevrolet's participation in the World Touring Car Championship with the Cruze is also currently paying great dividends. With four races left in the season, it currently leads both the drivers' and team championships while also showcasing the dynamic qualities of the car to great effect.

The new Chevrolet Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with prices announced nearer the launch date.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/03/chevrolet-cruze-hatchback-unveiled/

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disclaimer 'i would buy if it had a nice 200hp+ engine to go with it'.

Mazdaspeed3 killer with the LNF? Even hyperv6 would endorse that!

Cruze hatch, with the 260hp LNF, 6 speed manual, Cobalt SS brakes, nice bolstered cloth seats, sunroof, kickin stereo I would love that car.

Much more stylish than the golf, IMO. I do still like the Astra design a bit more, but still this is nice.

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Much more stylish than the golf, IMO. I do still like the Astra design a bit more, but still this is nice.

I like the Astra's lower body and front, but I think I like the Cruze hatch greenhouse more...offer it with a 6 speed manual and a diesel and I'd consider another FWD hatchback (after all, I had a 5spd manual diesel Escort hatchback when I was younger). Though the Focus hatch probably would have better cabin tech.

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Hot. Everything the sedan is not.

Holden led the development work on this. Anyone else want to just move GM's design center to Australia?

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disclaimer 'i would buy if it had a nice 200hp+ engine to go with it'.

Mazdaspeed3 killer with the LNF? Even hyperv6 would endorse that!

Cruze hatch, with the 260hp LNF, 6 speed manual, Cobalt SS brakes, nice bolstered cloth seats, sunroof, kickin stereo I would love that car.

Much more stylish than the golf, IMO. I do still like the Astra design a bit more, but still this is nice.

Would I buy one of these no way in hell.

But they should sell it here [i expect we will hear that soon enough], They should sell one as a SS [This will be the SS we are waiting to hear about]

GM is working this car as a world platform and this kind of car would prove to be popular here with a 1.4 ot 2.0. They should and I am sure will offer both here. I also would like to see a two door hatch too offered.

I do not see this as stealing PT or HHR fans but it will put some hurt on the Mazda 3 and it's goofy grinning grill.

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Would I buy one of these no way in hell.

But they should sell it here [i expect we will hear that soon enough], They should sell one as a SS [This will be the SS we are waiting to hear about]

GM is working this car as a world platform and this kind of car would prove to be popular here with a 1.4 ot 2.0. They should and I am sure will offer both here. I also would like to see a two door hatch too offered.

I do not see this as stealing PT or HHR fans but it will put some hurt on the Mazda 3 and it's goofy grinning grill.

Mazda3 and 2012 Focus would be ideal US market targets for this car..

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Bring it here. Making the Cruze sedan only in the U.S. is a mistake anyway, same for any other GM model.

Why couldn't they have incorporated those taillights into the design of the sedan somehow?

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Shoot, I saw the other 17 threads on this car before I saw this one, and wondered why no one was replying.

That is not too ugly. And I am not a 5-door kinda guy. Reminds me of the current Impreza hatch somehow, but this is not quite as dumpy as the base Subaru.

I am right now echoing hyper's wish... I think a 2-door hatch would sell here. Can someone chop us something up? Maybe a triangular quarter glass and a louvered B-pillar, like the '75 Monza 2+2.

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I never liked the sedan but this is much better effort.. gets rid of that really ugly rear end and replaces it with quite a nice one. Hopefully they relent and decide to try and sell it in North America.

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CHEVROLET UNWRAPS EURO-STYLE CRUZE HATCHBACK, NOT COMING TO U.S. [uPDATED]

By Andrew Ganz

Before its formal unveiling later this month at the Paris Motor Show, Chevrolet has released a trio of images of a rather unexpected upcoming Cruze bodystyle: A five-door hatchback.

It’s not that a hatchback doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense for the Cruze – especially in Europe – it’s that normally porous GM of Europe was totally silent on this latest variant. We knew that one was on the drawing board, but we didn’t realize it was quite ready to be introduced.

Officially dubbed a “show car,” the silver Cruze in these pictures very clearly previews a production model.

Chevrolet says that about 65 percent of the compact market in Europe consists of hatchback models, meaning the five-door Cruze will be right at home in one of its primary markets.

Boasting 14 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded, the Cruze hatchback benefits from similar solidity to its sedan sibling thanks to what Chevrolet says is a new body-frame integral system. Similar to a typical unibody platform, the Cruze makes extensive use of light weight materials that add strength.

Chevrolet hasn’t released any interior images for the Cruze hatchback, although it did say that the production model will hit European markets in the middle of 2011.

Update: Chevrolet has confirmed that the Cruze hatchback won’t be offered in North America.

“While the Cruze sedan will arrive at U.S. dealers in September, the Cruze hatchback will not be offered in the U.S. market,” the automaker said in a statement released to members of the media.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/chevrolet-cruze-hatchback.html

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I don't know I could see that change in time.

GM could be playing the game you can't have this to drive interest and then say well ok since you want it.

People often want what they can't have more than what they know they may get later.

Unless they have something better to fill in for the Orlando that would make this a duplicate in class.

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I sure hope that this version is not coming here to replace the HHR!

The rear hatch design is stylish --- but stupid! If you have a need for a rear hatch, it is because you

want to load things there ---- maybe bulky, boxy things. Howya gonna do that with that ridiculous

slope-back. You style junkies may like the looks, but us folks who need a functional machine will

say, "NO THANKS!"

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Sold...WTF?!!

Not sold here? I doubt that.....I simply cannot see GM not selling that here. THAT is the version that should get the upgrades...screw the sedan.

One could do a lot with that car, and tuners would have a field day ( People love the hatches)

I'm not wasting money on the pig faced Aveo hatch when I could have this......

Now that is a Cruze I would buy.

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I think it looks fine until you hit the C-pillar, then things start to look awkward.

The sloping backlight conflicts with the squared off window line. I think a more upright rear design would have been more complimentary to the overall design of this car, especially that squared off window line. It would have also contributed to a small increase in cargo capacity.

The execution of the black plastic applique' on the C-pillar looks a little clumsy to me also. I think GM could have come up with a better looking solution than this.

It looks like GM is trying too hard to create a hot hatch out of a rather conservative base design. It just doesn't work for me.

I think the new gen Astra and new gen Focus 5-doors are better executed designs.

Although I don't really care for the Cruze 5-door, I still think GM should bring it to the U.S. market. I think GM is missing a major opportunity by keeping it out of our market. Although it doesn't personally appeal to me, it does seem to resonate with a lot of people on the auto forums.

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