• Sep 16, 2008
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General Motors cites the success of the current Chevy Cobalt as the reason for delaying the launch of the Cobalt's replacement, the upcoming Cruze, in the States. In order to meet the market's soaring demand for small cars in general, and the Cobalt in particular, earlier this year GM added a third shift to the Lordstown Plant where the Cobalt is built. For '09, the General plans to build an extra 70,000 Cobalts, expecting fuel prices to remain high and demand for its compact sedan and coupe to follow suit. Unfortunately for the struggling automaker, those extra cars may not necessarily add up to extra profits, with the Cobalt priced below its main competitors from Japan. For this reason, GM will be adding a few bucks to the bottom line of the Cruze, in a pricing move similar to the recently released Malibu. Hopefully, the same tactic GM employed with its mid-sizer will translate to the Cruze and that extra cash will result in a better car than its predecessor.

[Source: CNN]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I had one of these Cobalt coupes as a rental car recently. There was literally nothing to like about it.

      Doors: opened about twice as wide as they needed to and they weighed a lot. Forget parking next to anyone: you can't get out without smacking the other cars or a wall.

      Backing up: well good luck, because you sure can't see out the back at all. If ever a car needed a backup camera, this is it.

      Hatchback: welcome to a high lift for your heavy suitcase -and be sure to pack small ones. Not much room back there.

      Interior: oh god. Black Pleather-ish substance almost made Dodge interiors look good.

      Acceleration: If you shove your foot to the floorboard, you might be THAT much closer to the Earth's core and gain some kind of gravity assist, but only downhill. In other words, it struggled mightily to do 65 on a flat highway and even that was thrashing it for all it was worth constantly, which cannot be good for the engine or gas mileage.

      Seats: If I wanted my office chair in a car, this would be how it felt. But my office chair has five sets of wheels. Office chair wins!

      The Cobalt Coupe IS good for one thing: making me laugh when I see somebody driving one. I got to turn my rental in when I was done with it. Some suckers have to pay for it long-term and that's almost as sad as paying for a last gen Cavalier.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "These cars are the fastest, most fuel efficient, and practical thing on the road."

      Where did you come up with that? A Cobalt SS is certainly not the fastest thing on the road, nor the most fuel efficient thing on the road, nor the most practical thing on the road. If it was all three of those things at the same time it would be the most amazing car ever invented.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hatches are a bust for GM in this country, Europe likes them, not so much here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey GM-

      How 'bout introducing the Cruze as a Pontiac? Or a Saturn?

      The Cobalt may be selling well, but the G5 and the Astra aren't doing much for the bottom line, at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Give 'em time... GM doesn't hesitate to milk a model for every brand-engineered sibling it can get. Maybe GM will get lucky and field one without such an unattractive front fascia.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is so 90's....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish GM had just put the Cruze's interior into the Cobalt and called it even. Honestly, I can not even begin to like the Cruze's sheetmetal, it just looks horrid to me. The current Cobalt SS on the other hand I think looks quite handsome, and could be made to look pretty fantastic with very minimal design work.

      One thing is for sure, I'll be looking at a used Cobalt Turbo long before I'd ever begin to consider looking at a new Cruze, better interior be damned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If demand is so high for the Cobalt why does GM continue to dump them into fleets. YTD through July GM has sold 37,463 units to fleets or 38.7% of all units sold. Over 35K of that to rental fleets. This information can be confirmed on FleetCentral.com.

      For all of 2007, GM sold 52,485 or only 28.8% of all Cobalts to fleets. So in other words in a very strong market for small cars GM decides to increase their fleet percentages on this presumably "hot" model. This is just another attempt by GM to hold onto marketshare. The butt ugly Focus is getting all the retail business so GM must save face by showing that their C segment offering is in demand too. This is the old GM all over again.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Picking up the Malibu's slack?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Presumably the commitment to fleet sales is at least for a year at a time if not more. If sales continue at this pace, they'll likely cut down the fleet sales a bit.

        I don't see what's wrong with selling cars to city fleets and such. Local municipalities own Corollas, Civics and Priuses, why not some Cobalts?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't know it was such a hot item on the Avis lots.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can't really effectively insult this car- especially since the article is about it's success.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really now? Most of the Cobalts sold are the lower end models, the average selling price for a cobalt is at 16K, the other superior compacts are all hovering around 19K(Civic, MZ3), the 16K Cobalts are the ones at the rental lots. That still doesn't make up for the fact that it's a mediocre rental car. Sales for all compacts are up, not just for the Cobalt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The cruze is replacing that in the US?
      damn. I mean the cruze is replacing the viva for us in aus, and the Viva is a ugly POS.....so no big deal.... But those cobalts seem alright, and now their getting replaced by that ugly POS cruze? ... buy up now...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not buying a Cobalt, but I do plan on buying a Cruze if it sticks to the current design. Guess I will just wait.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM should try to make the Cobalt profitable. The Cruze at 19k+ will not sell well enough to compete with class leaders aka Honduh Civic. The Civic has a proven track record of being reliable, and very good resale value.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You may be surprised on how well the Cruze will sell. It is one of the top cars on my list. The Civic is not a cheap car and with options can cost more than $23,000.

        GM's lesser dependence on rebates, rentals, and fleet cars is slowly bringing resale prices back up. Money on the hood is less money at resale.
        • 6 Years Ago
        people said the same thing about the malibu... that's working out quite nicely.

        people will pay more for the car, as long as the car is good enough to command the price. GM seems to have faith that it is that good, and based on the Malibu, CTS, Enclave, etc.... can you blame them for having some faith?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Trust me you can fit a LOT into a cobalt. I regularly carry whole classroom labs of computers (6-7) in the car, more if I actually stuffed them in, and I HAVE carried a corner china hutch in one.
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