• Nov 23, 2005

For those of you in the U.S. who drooled over the GM/Daewoo S3X at the last Paris auto show (it is rather fetching, isn't it?), we've got bad news. As was predicted, the production version of the vehicle won't be sold in the U.S. The mid-size SUV, GM's first SUV developed specifically for Europe and Daewoo's first SUV, period, will go on sale this April under the name Chevy Captiva, and will get its production debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
The Captiva will be the proud owner of Chevy's first venture into diesel vehicles for the European market with a 2.0L 150-hp common rail diesel, and will also offer 2.4L four cylinder and 3.2L V6 gasoline engines. Pictured is the S3X concept.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      #22, S, I don't live in a large market for cars?...Hello, you ever hear of Washington, DC?...Where do you think the Northern Virginia suburbs are?...Second worst traffic in the nation...that would be car traffic, not bike!!! # 20, Jeff, Bio diesel, fine....regular diesel while good in my mind, still made from Oil, hence my remarks about Iraq. "#2. See #1, above. And - what does this do for the large number of SUVs and large trucks that have yet to be sold/are being cleared-out through rebates and "Red Tag" sales? #3. Sorry, but I'm not buying the $2.50 argument. Consumer confidence isn't that great; more than half of all Americans belief it to be a real possiblity that they could lose their jobs within the next 12 months. Big Oil isn't be held accountable for anything. Something's gotta give, and I believe it will be SUV sales well into the forseeable future." As for the Red Tag sale....several factors at work. 1. GM had record sales with employee pricing, so GM is getting payback from the pull ahead. 2. GM's SUV's are at the end of the life cycle and the 2007 to be released in January 2006 have already gone public, so it is harder to move the older model. As for the economy, perhaps Michigan is struggling, but the general US economy is very very strong. After three hurricanes, a war, terror attacks and a year of interest rate increases, the economy is still growing at about 4% and unemployment is historically low in the 4.9% to 5.1% range. The National Assoc. of Manufacturers just yesterday released a report saying that employers were unable to fill 800,000 jobs last year for a lack of workers. I personally do not know anyone who is out of work who can't find a job. Gas prices have retreated, I expect that we will see a very solid holiday spending season. And even at $3.00 a gallon gas is still a bargain compared with the rest of the world. As for your "big Oil" comment. What do they need to be held accountible for. The media talks about the oil industry's record profits, yet they fail to tell you that with record profits and revenue, they also had record outlays. For instance, ExxonMObile which had the highest revenues in the history of business ever last quater, still only turned a 10% profit margin.....hell, bottled water companies, Whole Foods, Starbucks and the enterainment industry routinely turn 20% + profit margins....yet no one gets upset about that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And people wonder why they are having a hard time in the US... Could we ever see this as an Exquinox replacement/model year revision?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Note to Lutz: It's the mileage, stupid. There's no one left in the U.S. who can afford to pimp their Escalades after they fuel-up. How about sending a clean, fuel-efficient diesel over here so maybe our boys can come home from Iraq?
      • 9 Years Ago
      # 5, Jeff, "Note to Lutz: It's the mileage, stupid. There's no one left in the U.S. who can afford to pimp their Escalades after they fuel-up. How about sending a clean, fuel-efficient diesel over here so maybe our boys can come home from Iraq?" Well where can I start. 1. GM's SUV's have class leading fuel economy TODAY....GM's full sized trucks have better MPG than Toyota, Nissan and DCX, FOMOCO. 2. The new GMT-900's (Tahoe, Escalade, Yukon) are expected to get over 20 MPG and a hybrid and diesel option are expected. 3. Gas is down to $1.90 here in Northern Virginia, while not as big a bargin as several years ago, stilll very cheap. Big SUV's will sell as long as prices are under $2.50....in fact, just the Tahoe alone outsold the Prius by almost a 5 to 1 margin in a down year for SUVs. 4. How does Diesel get our guys out of Iraq. For starters, doesn't diesel come from oil? Maybe bio-diesel doesn't....but regular diesel used throughout Europe comes from oil....which comes from the Middle East.....which is were the terrorist live who want to kill us....you dumb ass.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Katz: #1. I live in GM's stomping grounds; we've been in recessing for six years and counting. Our gas is down to $1.98. It's also winter here - people are making very real decisions like "heat or food," "food or medicine." With our major economic engines down-shifting, $1.98 is no bargain. #2. See #1, above. And - what does this do for the large number of SUVs and large trucks that have yet to be sold/are being cleared-out through rebates and "Red Tag" sales? #3. Sorry, but I'm not buying the $2.50 argument. Consumer confidence isn't that great; more than half of all Americans belief it to be a real possiblity that they could lose their jobs within the next 12 months. Big Oil isn't be held accountable for anything. Something's gotta give, and I believe it will be SUV sales well into the forseeable future. Also, please compare apples-to-apples. The Prius is one model of one brand targeting a fairly narrow consumer segment. I'm much more interested in how sales are trending, and I bet GM is, too. #4. One word: biodiesel. It's cheap, it's clean, and it will create jobs domestically. Who knows? It might just be the thing that cuts off the money "our friends" the Saudis are using to fund the other side in the "War on Terrorism."
      • 9 Years Ago
      Poe, "I'm believe gas prices have fallen sharply since those earnings were reported moreso because of public backlash than because of market forces" What public backlash? I didn't see anyone protesting in front of gas stations or "Big Oil" headquarters. I didn't notice any let up in the traffic around here, folks are still filling up the cars. What I did notice is a lot of people bitching but nobody, doing anything to really address the energy issues. Congress bitched, held one hearing,...still no agreement to drill in ANWR. Still no funding for alternate fuels R&D. No new funding for mass transit. Enviros bitched, yet they won't allow for more refining capacity and drilling. Floridians bitched after Wilma, yet they continue to block drilling of the West Coast of Florida. Car companies bitch, yet they either hoard the hybrid parts from others, or they don't even bother to make cars that get higher MPG. Then even if they did care to make them, then the insurance companies would bitch about the need for increased saftey features in the smaller lighter cars. Point of the story....STOP YOUR BITCHING. Gas is a relative bargain in this country and 10% profit margins are not that great.
      • 9 Years Ago
      the idiots at gm deserve for the company to go down the shithole. the decision makers are either ignorant beyond belief or they are hostile toward the american market. -or they are puposefully killing the american brands.
      • 9 Years Ago
      BF: PROFIT = REVENUE - EXPENSES (or "outlays" to use your word). When the oil companies report RECORD HIGH PROFITS - as they did this past quarter, that's exactly what it means... huge PROFITS - as in what was left of their huge revenues after they paid all of their expenses. I'm believe gas prices have fallen sharply since those earnings were reported moreso because of public backlash than because of market forces. "U R Dumbass" (fitting name), I'm betting the smokey Mercedes you were behind was an old 240D. Yes, an OLD diesel (especially one that hasn't been maintained well) WILL smoke. Go drive behind a newer VW Golf/Jetta TDI and you won't even know you're behind a diesel - neither from the smell NOR the sound. Diesel engine technology has come a long way since the 240D and the old Rabbit diesels, and the old semi's you see on the road, etc. - and low-sulphur diesel fuel - which should be here in significant quantities within the next year or so - will make things even better.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #17 BF Woopee doo! Your gas is $1.90. In LA it is $2.43 Gas isn't low everywhere and 1.90 sounds alot better than what I pay. It got abouve $3.05 at it's highest. Second, you don't live in a huge market city for autombiles. Your gas prices show that. Hybrid for GM SUV's not coming soon enough.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Good job GM. Keep pumping out those Monte Carlos and Impalas no one wants and keep the one of only a handful of good looking GM vehicles out of our hands.
      • 9 Years Ago
      BF has a political axe to grind, guys and gals. Yawn and ignore. Anyone want to discuss econimcs and the auto industry outside of the dittohead reality-distortion field?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Have any of you ever seen an X3? Maybe in size they are similar, but I can't pick out one single styling trait they share.
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