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The new edition of Motor Trend says a Chevy Lambda will be rushed to market due to sliding BOF SUV sales. Apparently, it will pretty much be a discontented Outlook with Chevy-specific front and rear facias. They showed a rendering and it reminds me of the Cobalt/G5 disaster. Can anyone confirm this?

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The new edition of Motor Trend says a Chevy Lambda will be rushed to market due to sliding BOF SUV sales.  Apparently, it will pretty much be a discontented Outlook with Chevy-specific front and rear facias.  They showed a rendering and it reminds me of the Cobalt/G5 disaster.  Can anyone confirm this?

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a chevy lambda seems very likely considering the rainer is being phased out by the Enclave, and the envoy by the Acadia. It wouldnt even have to be ground breaking, considering the current trailblazer is pathetic. A rebaged outlook, with diffrent head and tail lights would be a major improvement. :thumbsup:

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Check Ted's code page.  :AH-HA_wink:

I looked but I have to be missing something. Ted has three Lambda projects in red, which means cancelled (says the key). The only other Lambda project I saw that was not in red was a Chevy Lambda minivan. Winky-wink?

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I checked out Ted's code page ( http://www3.sympatico.ca/tedkrygier/future.htm ).

The GMT965 is halfway-mysterious; but otherwise I just don't see a Chevrolet Lambda-SUV there (or is that the idea -> there isn't one)? It's not like MotorTrend is out-front on a lot. Personally, I just don't see the need for one. Why spend your resources to further dilute the Outlook/Arcadia/Enclave's? Chevrolet aleady has the Equinox, Tahoe and Suburban; how much more can they need? How about a competitive minivan? Perhaps a mini-Avalanche to take on the Ridgeline? I'd give either one of those two a higher priority than a Chevrolet Lambda SUV.

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This is another example of GM surrendering to its whiney dealers. Chevy does not need any more SUVs and GM does not need any more rebadges.

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No, this is an example of poor planning. The Lambda platform has been in the works for quite some time, smarter engineering and market research would have found the humongous potential in crossovers, not wagons with pickup beds.

This would be a giant step back for GM. They are better off waiting until they can get a proper Chevy fullsize crossover, and suffer the poor planning.

Otherwise, it'll be another repeat in their business cycle, with weak-selling derivative products that go stale in the market quickly, diffusing budget for future programs and continuing the need for badge engineering to meet cost targets and introduce something to a segment just so they have something in the segment. Blech.

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IIRC, our insiders have told us that there's no Chevy Lambda in the works, and that a MCE for the Trailblazer is on the way for '08. Of course things may have changed, but we've been misled by Motor Trend before.

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Chevy should have had the Lambda in the 1st place - not GMC. Let them have it and they'll easily sell more than all the other 3 combined. And give Chevy a REAL minivan while you're at it!!

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I think that it's a good thing for GMC to get a crossover-something different from a plain truck, and since the crossover market is growing faster than the traditional SUV market. It also gives GMC a model that could attract people who wouldn't have considered GMC before. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

But I do agree, GM needs a competitive minivan.

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Back before all the unfortunate drama, AH-HA once mentioned a possible Chevy Lambda... this was several months ago.

I have heard similar stories from other sources.

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This is another example of GM surrendering to its whiney dealers.  Chevy does not need any more SUVs and GM does not need any more rebadges.

i so agree with you! Brands can't have exclusive products if everyone else is whining that they want it too! :banghead:

i think a SHORTENED lambda for Chevy could be cool?

that would put it at roughly trailblazer size, and not compete with the bigger lambda's? ANY ideas?

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So, let me round out my earlier list:

For people-movers, Chevrolet would have (by the end of all this):

Malibu Maxx,

Equinox

Trailblazer

A yet un-named Lambda Crossover

A yet un-named Lambda Minivan

Tahoe

Suburban

The 4-door pickups & the Avalanche

Seems like a bit much, doesn't it? And that's before you dilute it by bringing in the other GM brands. Gee, it's no wonder GM is stretched for cash. You could at least justify (somewhat) a Lambda Crossover for Chevy if you killed the TB; but I think the decision makers at GM can't bring themselves to do that to a high-profit vehicle with sales northward of 250k/year.

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I would gripe about GM caving in to dealers but this story out of Motor Trend. MT hasn't been the most reliable source for new as of late. In fact, most of their "news" has been nothing but rumor as of late. I will wait until a more reliable source reports this information.

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Chevy needs them all - they all serve a different customer.

BTW Toyota has:

Matrix

RAV4

Highlander

4Runner

Sequoia

Siena

4 door Tacoma

and in the same showroom the Scion xA and xB

and Ford has:

Focus wagon

Escape

Freestyle

Freestar

Edge

Explorer

Explorer Sporttrac

Expedition and EL

Still haven't figured out why Ford and Chevy can't build competitive minivans, seems like they would be able to

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Er...I had forgot to update the list, so it didn't have what Cspec was alluding to.

Take a look now.

And evok...

There is an item wrong actually a couple.

Wanna help fix it? :lol:

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