• Jul 28, 2008

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General Motors won't be bringing the Beat to the U.S., but some version of the Groove or Trax will replace the Aveo by 2011. Speaking with Automotive News, Chevy veep Ed Peper said that the bow-tie brand would get something "very similar to one of those vehicles," but in order to meet U.S. crash test standards and accommodate consumer's taste, the new compact five-door would grow in size.

Of the three concepts that debut in New York last year, the Beat will be the first to reach consumers -- in Europe and other markets in 2009 -- and will be built atop GM's global minicar platform in Shanghai. However, the yet-to-be-named Aveo replacement will be underpinned by GM's Gamma small-car platform and will likely be assembled in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

While GM's decision to bring a more stylish small car to U.S. consumers is certainly good news, we can't help but still feel slighted that the Beat won't be offered in the States and that we'll have to put up with the Aveo for another three years as the only sub-compact offering from the General.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      the groove is very scion xB ish and stylish for a car *right now*. by the time the groove actually comes out it will look dated ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay! I liked the Groove, and I was disappointed when the Beat won.

      Looks like a baby HHR crossed with a Mini. One of the few exceptions to my "tall cars suck" rule :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is just dumb. Every time an American car company says they are going to take one of their small foreign market cars and adjust it to American tastes, we end up with something stupid like the Aveo or the Focus. I can't begin to explain how truly annoyed I am at the US market Focus.

      Meanwhile, the Mini and Fit, cars not designed for the American market, are selling like hotcakes here in the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The U.S. Focus is not a warmed over euro Focus. It's U.S.-specific.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I still want a Euro-Spec Focus ST.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why dont the build these at one of the 3 SUV plants they shut down instead of mexico?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the Beat could see one in the drive way if the price is right and its not Chinese made!!!!
      FRENZIED
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, it's now 2011 and which car has GM brought to the USA? NONE!!! Instead they gave the POS Aveo a makeover and are calling it the Sonic? Oh, and they have taken several styling cues from these three fabulous mini-cars and used them on several cars in their fleet, for lose, lose bastardized results.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2011 it is now? Wow. Good news if they can actually get it to market. Just to have SOMETHING small and quirky that'll sell better than the Aveo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Both look better than Aveo now, but they are concepts, by the time they will be built they will look different.

        ALSO, they will probably be of similar quality to Aveo......would you buy a cooler looking car that still has similar interior.

        GM can introduce new cars all they want, Cruze, Acadia, Trax......untill they will learn to improve an existing product they will lose money.

        Example is Cruze, why kill name Cobalt, why not just bring a new car (cruze) and call it Cobalt? Because most consumers do not associate Cobalt with anything positive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's no need for these to be crap-boxes. I've spent some time in the last-gen Corsa and its not bad for what it's for. The 2door hatch fits 2 good-sized adults and 2 kids easy. It was long-ago announced we would get the next-gen Corsa here in the US, I guess it will just be wearing different clothes.
      • 6 Years Ago

      So GM will have the Groove or Trax and Ford the Fiesta. But what about Chrysler?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chrysler emptied out their Pacifica Design Studio & sent everything to a rented building in Warren MI. They are working with a crew from Nissan on a small car project.

        IMO, even with Nissan... they will be the Detroit 3's "weakest link" in this segment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I suspect Chrysler will have a chinese built Hornet, eventually. Maybe in 2020.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chrysler has a deal with Nissan to build a compact for the U.S. based on the Versa. In return Dodge will build the next Nissan Titan. Don't you guys read Autoblog?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chrysler will get a reskinned Versa and/or Sentra. Nissan made a deal with Chysler, they rebadge Ram as a Titan, and Nissan reciprocates with small cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dodge hornet built by Chery. google it, it looks cute.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I gotta say, I'm happy about this. I never liked the Beat to begin with (I voted for the Groove)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bring on the Groove, thats the one I voted for too..
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least we're getting something...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a moment too soon, and five years too late. As long as they were taking bonus money home to Pleasant Ridge and other Dee-troit 'burbs, all was cool. Even the Asstek scare passed them by. I hate to say they are getting what they deserve, as they are responsible for so much US employment, but I have little sympathy anymore. It's eat or be eaten, and they're now a snack.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what happened to plans of bringing the next generation Opel Corsa over here?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah, yes. It will grow in size to "accommodate consumers' taste". It's a good thing they're noticing that the US consumer doesn't want the smaller cars these days...

      On the other side, at least there will be a stylish replacement for the Aveo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the class was low-budge cars that were made by Dawoo, yes, it's tops in class.
        • 6 Years Ago
        On the whole the US does not want a cheaply made small car.

        We will buy a well made/premium small car.

        Much to BMW's happy surprise.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Vintage:
        GM already makes a car that size. It was the class leader in sales until recently too. It's called the Aveo. Heard of it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        OMGWTFBBQ! they plan to keep the Aveno till
        2-0-1-1 !!!!
        HAHAHAHA good luck with that Chevy
        • 6 Years Ago
        Stew- wow. now that was gently put.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The mini cooper is sold out, and it's impossible to find a Honda Fit. The fact that GM won't make a car that size is beyond stupid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        on whole, the US does not want kei sized cars. C-size is hot right now, and B-class is starting to get some traction. GM is smart here. By the time these come out, we will have started to be used to the higher price of oil ( it will plateau again for a few years) and will not be so enamored of something we have to accordion into.

        If you look at general body types, I believe the US is near the top in dimensions so yes, we generally want larger vehicles.
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