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Like the Ford Explorer, Chevy Trailblazer sales have been in a tailspin lately, dropping 33 percent in the first four months of 2007. Unfortunately for Chevrolet dealers, there's not a full lineup of crossovers to take up the slack. When General Motors was developing its "Lambda" crossovers that include the Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, it didn't foresee the Trailblazer dropping off so quickly and left Chevy completely out of the plan.

GM is now scrambling to create Chevrolet a variant of the Lambda platform that underpins the Outlook, Acadia and Enclave. The Spring Hill, Tennessee plant that until recently was the home of Saturn will now be the production site for the Chevrolet crossover that the Detroit News is reporting will be called the Traverse. The new model will probably debut next January at the Detroit Auto Show and the Trailblazer will like roll off into the sunset by 2010.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      And if they built a Saab variant, it would be the most advanced platform in the lineup.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's definitely room for a Lambda based Chevy but it better go on sale within 12 months and sell for 23k-25k. If not then the only people buying it would be the ones not smart enough to know a Traverse is the same as an Outlook that's been on sale for months already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this facilitates a quicker end to the Trailblazer, I'm all for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We have known that there was a Chevy Lamda on the way. We have also known that it would be slightly different and aimed at replacing the Uplander (aging GM10-car derivative) in the line-up.
      All you clowns who cry about badge engineering... there are only a few companies out there that don't do that. Get over it. You have to charge a fortune for a car if you don't spread development costs over multiple models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Buick Enclave is the best looking of the 3 versions (or 4 now). Yet, i would still buy the GMC. Weird.

      www.GMaccessoriesstore.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      Arrgghh
      This is why the big 2.8 are failing against all the imports by rebadging the same vehicle, in GM's case - 4 times.

      Will they ever learn?
      • 7 Years Ago

      I hope they do not do a SAAB version as well.
      richard Palovani
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM or Chevy, is "Traverse" the best you can offer?
      A bad name can kill a good product.
      Why not name it "Terraza", i forgot that great name was used already.
      Look in a dictionary and the word "Traverse" and it does not sound like a good choice.
      http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Traverse
      Fictional (or actual) GM or Chevy name the product meeting conference:
      Step1- Wall full of names (includes terraza, montana, etc) Step2- Throw dart at the wall full of names Step3- lands near "Traverse" Step4- New product name selected.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its should be styled like a larger HHR - kinda retro, closer to the size of the old suburban that inspired the HHR.

      I'd buy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hate badge engineering -- GM will mortgage it's future on anything. When will GM learn that people see right through their b.s.?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh you know there will be a SAAB version called the 9-9X.

        • 7 Years Ago
        And I'd have no problem with that, as long as the Saab version is properly differentiated from the rest, just like the Buick version was.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have not seen the Enclave on the road yet. The Saturn and GMC look good but they barely seem modern and are no were close to cutting edge. They seem overweight although the are fairly quick less than 9 secs to 60 (not bad for size) also suprisingly fuel efficient and huge.

      Where is the style? These 2 cars are about as vanilla as you get. If they are going to be plain then why fool around with new names. How about the "All new Trailblazer and Envoy"? Two lessons to take from Ford.

      1. Taurus name fiasco.
      2. Polarizing style: Flex.

      The Lamdas may be increadable useful etc. But to me they are a bit of a disapointment. I would consider a CX-9 or a Flex over them.
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