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  1. conceptually, a voltec MPV is a fantastic idea, 7- or 5-passenger; of course it's the next big step and would represent a big revolution for GM and the industry at large. I can't help but look at this and think some marketing "genius" still living in the holes of GM decided it would be wise to capitalize on the image already created by Volt and kill two birds with one stone. If the powertrain is what matters, then sell "Voltec", all across the board from Chevy to Buick to Caddy to GMC. But the look of this should be independent from Volt. I know they are looking to create a brand of electrific
  2. I am likewise disappointed along with commentators above about the rear end shifting to a now popular rear end trunk shape. we will all have to wait and see how surface treatments, depth perception, and actual lines work in real life, so this could end up being one of the best features of the car.......but I am a big fan of the current malibu's rear trunk shape, and would have liked to see some evolution of that to make a real distinguishing trait a part of the malibu lineage. paying homage to success only helps communicate the credibility of that model, like how altima does now with its uniqu
  3. I think whatever they come up with, we will be safe. there wouldn't be resounding praise for nothing, even if it didn't come from experienced hands but rather casual observers. Given what we have on dimensions, which have been repeated throughout the press with accuracy, giving more credibility to the sources, the malibu won't change much in size at all. the wild card is that wheelbase shrinking, but I really don't see how GM could think it'd be a good idea to give the current malibu less rear space in particular, or to make it a less spacious car in general. this is the midsize competitor a
  4. taking a bit more time to study it and i have to temper my words with it borrows a lot of themes and such. still great, and best looking midsize could still apply, but it's a little too much like many others to honestly say it leapfrogs everybody else. it looks great, but then it's just too similar a template to Malibu, Altima, and others noted here.
  5. you know i really think you're on to something here. its gonna take a little while before everyone in the general buying public catches on, and sees design through these lenses. to your point though, design is getting so good, that attention and moderation of detail, and subtle surface detailing separate really great and experienced design from those that are just catching up. i would put a lacrosse for example into the latter category and the 9-5 into the former category, or a CTS into the latter category and the new 5-series in the former category. It's so amazing and interesting to see desi
  6. GM could dismiss an entire market....or it could study sales trends in LA where premium sporty hatches are a hot trend, the mini, A3, VW GTI and Mazda3 are all hot sellers with good, cool images.
  7. I'm actually a bit hesitant about this overall, from what's been released so far. I do think the novelty of a small premium compact will do well, I just wish it had the right style, and I don't know this will be the complete picture. It's maybe a little too pedestrian compared to the drama from the lacrosse. for me it's the c-pillar and the way the a-pillar dips. i prefer the 5-door, it's more dramatic, well proportioned, and athletic, from what I can see so far. Until the car is fully revealed, I won't know for sure.
  8. completely flavorless and seeming to blend in with trends from other brands. exactly how GM would like to be perceived. I say Wildcat for the sedan, Roadmaster for the hatch, those actually mean something and have heritage.
  9. Who do we need to hit up to tell them Buick also needs a performance edge and a youthful edge? Borger? The Regal GS just flashed through my mind and thoughts that GM's product planners are on the right path already without my counsel. But we need this Astra sedan to have an Astra 5 door counterpart!!!!!!!!!! and a performance version of said 5-door hatchback. Bring the youthful, expensively detailed, upscale alternative small cars to the market, and watch your market share expand because you've entered a zone previously unencountered by the dowdy GM of yore. Bring the Astra coupe, bring the
  10. they are drawing on their global team of design studios for proposals and will draw influence from them all. This is the same as the Camaro and Lacrosse final design, which incorporates design from GM teams from all over the world. The current Corvette is mismatched in its class as an overall product....rather it competes in its own class. By offering the most performance for your dollar, they've been able to corner a specific place in the market. Exterior design is the first thing that draws people, take that lesson from the 300, the CTS, the Camaro now.....exterior design sets a car apar
  11. I don't understand people who rail against progress and apologists. Should we give up the Corvette's legacy and allow all the competition to stomp all over it?, in every category but horsepower and sheer handling numbers, as opposed to objective real world handling performance and feel? why do people get uppity when it's suggested a model should improve, that's what model cycles are supposed to do people! it's not that my opinion is what matters most to what should be done, but corvette is flagship for chevy and the bigger corporation at large, it should represent the best values and principl
  12. this is a good benchmark for the interior imo this is also a good reference
  13. nothing but good things can come from an approach that is open to design ideas from all corners of the world. i do think it is time for a retinkering of the vette formula/strategy, because of what it has evolved into in base form and what other carmakers are offering. the 350z is pretty close to the corvette level of performance, in base form, and offers higher levels of interior refinement than vette. i think if chevy took to the strategy the 350z and gt-r combined give nissan, they could have a sports car for the masses and a technological powerhouse sports coupe for those invested in ultim
  14. those are great! definitely make it in to try and drive the old SRX. would be nice to also compare to technical class leader and class sales leader, Q5 and RX350. a bmw in a comparo mix seems like it should be automatic. i agree on x3/x5.
  15. i also think cruze and aveo are the best looking compact/subcompact pair. Ford has chosen extremes with Focus and Fiesta...though i will have to wait and see the impression i get from both in person. I think GM has chosen to go for substance over flash with this pair, in that they've gotten the stance to be aggressive and strong, they have good profiles and good proportions, and they haven't gone overboard with styling details, one thing I do think Fiesta does wrong.

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