• Aug 27, 2008
Jalopnik has caught spy shots of a fleet -- well, two -- of the new Chevy Tacuma minivans bound for Europe. If they are indeed replacing this Chevy Tacuma as well as that aardvark masquerading as a minivan, the Uplander, then it looks like things are about to get a lot more spacious over yonder pond. Supposed to be about the size of a Mazda5, the Tacuma appears to have front-hinged rear doors, which might make it more CUV than minivan. Also, the Tacuma is also supposed to be built at GM's Hamtramck plant in Michigan. If so, that would make it bedmates with the Chevy Volt, and, as Jalopnik speculates, perhaps another good home for a hybrid drivetrain...
[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The name is a joke, right? Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevrolet Tacuma.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't get the sales crack. The Tacoma isn't a minivan, how can you compare sales between them?
        • 6 Years Ago
        it's kept the name from when it was the daewoo tacuma, so its not chevrolet trying to confuse people
        • 6 Years Ago
        Took the words out of my mouth... is this the new marketing ploy? Name your car after the one that sells better than yours?
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is a Euro model. They have the Hilux in Europe, not the Tacoma.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevy has to rip off names now? I thought designs where bad enough.
      • 6 Years Ago
      sliding doors are the best invention since sliced bread. Without then you cannot have the automatically opening doors without serious issues. When you have an arm full of kids and bags a click to open is great. Plus you dont have to worry abou the fids opening the doors into others cars. Honestly more cars should have sliding doors not just minivans.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1, not to mention the increased opening for loading bulky items.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, as I had a Mazda5 and have two kids. It's the cat's meow when in a parking slot between cars and you need to wrestle a kid out of the car, especially with an infant car seat.

        It's just a shame that sliding doors make the general public think "MINIVAN!!! ARG! RUN AWAY!! I DON'T WANNA BE A SOCCOR MOM!!".

        Otherwise, yes, more cars should have them. Or gullwing doors.

        Very practical.

        As these CUV's get longer and longer, so do the rear door openings. Without sliders it's very hard to open them fully at the mall without dinging the car next to you, which for some reason no longer has rubber side mouldings to prevent dents. Hrm.

        I sense a conspiracy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, it needs sliding doors to be a minivan. With front hinged doors, it's really a CUV.

        And once you've experienced remote control electric sliding doors with kids, nothing else will do!
      • 6 Years Ago
      When spy shots go wrong - you guys will post anything...a little self editing would be appreciated.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People get really tipsy with little things like car names. It is unknown whether Chevy will badge Chevy Tacuma as "Tacuma" in US. The name Tacoma of Toyota only exists in US. It is called Hilux in other parts of the world. The name Tacuma of Chevy exists in others part of the world. It used to be Daewoo Rezzo/Tacuma/Vivant since 2000. Not sure what they are going to call it if Chevy brings it to USA.

      There are many no-search and know-nothing people commenting things where they have no idea what they commenting about.

      Some of you doh dohs can only comment about the name. That's your biggest problem. Maybe Chevy should name the car AntNotSobee or RickyNotSoMartin. Imagine how confused these two intellectual giant will be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      About the size of a Mazda5? Why the heck don't they sell this here???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the Journey from some angles.
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