• Oct 29, 2009
2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Click above for high-res image gallery

Like other automakers, General Motors would prefer to avoid the recall stigma that plagued first-year examples of rival Ford's Focus a decade ago. North American versions of that car were recalled five times in the first year to fix early production glitches. The new Chevrolet Cruze had been scheduled to launch production at the company's Lordstown, Ohio factory in April of next year, but according to The Detroit News, that timeline has now been pushed back to July.

Although earlier launches of the Cruze in China and Europe have not endured any serious problems, this is the company's first major new product since it was re-born out of bankruptcy this summer, and GM wants to avoid anything going wrong in the U.S. as well.

The Cruze is expected to hit 40 mpg in highway driving with its new 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. According to the DetNews, the delay will also give GM time to have every variant of Cruze ready for customers on day one. Often, production launches are staggered with some trim levels and build combinations held back at first. This frequently causes problems for an automaker if they don't build enough examples of the models people actually want to buy.



[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      you mean we have to wait to buy this rolling turd?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rental car fleets will move into 2005 with the addition of the Cruze.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or have they delayed this thing a few times?

      It's going to be practically mid-life by the time they release this thing. I thought it was supposed to be an 09 originally.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think it's been delayed until now, although I could be wrong. I think people just confused the global rollout with the US rollout.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True... I have been anticipating a test drive, and later on, a purchase of the Cruze since 2008. I suppose we shouldn't get used to cars looking so conceptually futuristic and expect a relaunch every 2 to 3 years just for the sake of futurism. Design has already taken leaps and bounds from just 5-10 model years ago.

        Either way, I'm kind of disappointed that GM isn't hyping up the Cruze like the Volt, especially considering that this is supposed to be the car that "saves" GM. Chevrolet's Web site dedicated to its future cars is pitiful.
        • 5 Years Ago
        there is nothing disappointing in delaying a product to make it right the first time off the assembly line.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the Camaro was supposed to be an '07 originally....
        • 5 Years Ago
        RMN:
        There's no significant difference between what GM does and what "the Japanese" do in terms of new models. Most cars from both parties are refreshed every 5 years, with some mid-year updates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This could be even more of an success than the Volt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This had better be. They will lose money on the Volt. This is the car that has to make them the profit to make up for it. This is the do or die car for GM. Especially since it will go head to head with the new Focus which should likely hit the market around the same time. Honda is starting from scratch with the next Civic so it will be delayed and Toyota's newest Corolla isn't exactly turning heads so GM and Ford have a golden chance to recapture some market share in this segment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quality in other countries really doesn't matter as much as the US. I'd rather wait a few more months than get a crappy car after my hopes were high... The Average person really doesn't know what a Cruze is yet, so it's not likely this is gonna hurt GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the domestics rank consistently below the Asian brands.

        AB posted the Consumer Reports reliability ranking a couple days ago. The highest ranking volume Euro maker was VW at #21 of 33.
      • 5 Years Ago
      By the time it comes out, the exterior design is going to be outdated.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it looks hot.

        /crosses fingers hoping they find some way to get us an SS version
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, it already looks several years old and not cutting edge at all, especially compared to whats coming from Ford - Fiesta and Focus. Plus, Ford has a family of vehicles planned for the "C" platform - 3-door, cabrio, 4-door sedan, 5-door hatch, Kuga CUV, C-max, Transit Connect (mercury and Lincoln vehicles) and more to leverage the platform and make a profit, unlike Gov't Motors, they don't know what the hell they are doing... constantly changing directions as noted by this blog... not good for consistency or quality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "a typical bread and butter sedan"

        So it's like the Toyota Corolla? Only not as boring, and gets 40 MPG?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have seen this car so many times while in Europe this summer that in my mind its like a 3 year old design already....and truthfully its not like its going to revolutionize the segment..its simply a typical bread and butter sedan, not that it would make you switch brands or something...

        I cant figure out why it takes soooooo long to get the same model built in N.A....and I dont want to hear about emissions and safety standards...thats just BS
        • 5 Years Ago
        It really is already outdated. It's really sad that this same design will be on sale in 2015. 2015! And who knows, with GM it might be 2020 when this same Cruze is still being sold. So lame.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Danimal
        Hot? I mean it looks OK and acceptably modern for right now but it's not coming out yet for some time. Not being ugly is one thing but this car is not hot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm supposed to get excited about yet another Cavalier?

        I don't think so! I wasn't fooled by the "all-new" Cobalt, and I'm not going to be fooled by this one either. I look at it and can think of nothing else but yet ANOTHER Cavalier.

        So, GM already fails in their bid for newness.

        • 5 Years Ago
        It already is outdated. :/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Daewoo put together and launched Lacetti(aka Cruze) in just 2 years.

      It is taking GM more than 3 years to take Daewoo's drawings and parts and launch the US version. No wonder GM went bankrupt, and why GM's using US Tax Payer's money to keep Daewoo from going bankrupt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        2007 Camaro...part II
      • 5 Years Ago
      Complain, complain, complain.Some people will complain no matter what.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think people who will actually BUY the car will complain more about being beta testers for a buggy oft recalled car then people on a blog who have no intentions of buying who would ridicule GM for making them wait longer to hate on a car they can actually see on the road.

        Guess which group GM is worried about pleasing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What was wrong with the "Cobalt" name? Was it that tarnished that they had to change the name of their compact car?

      This is why GM can never get a stronghold in this market segment. Instead of fixing the car on the next redesign, they build another stale car and change the name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cobalt is a color.

        Its also a toxic radiactive material and crappy name for a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes it was tarnished. the industry crapped on it, CR crapped on it. it was reliable, fast and good on fuel, but everyone left and right railed on the interior quality and fit and finish, which genuinely wasn't bad either. so because the new car is the same car all over the world, and its is totally different from the Cobalt (expect weak performance and way high fuel efficiency) the name had to change
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw this car on the street of Seoul last week. Looks good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        why care? you're not gonna line up to buy one. i know i am though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope for GM's sake that this is a really good car. But the small car offerings from GM have always seemed to be one generation behind. The colbalt compared to the previous generation civic would have been a good competitor, but to the current one, not a chance.

      I see the same thing happening with the cruze, it'll be on par with the current civic and corolla, but as soon as the new models of those cars come out, the cruze will be outdated shortly after it's launched.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually this is comparable to the last generation Corolla and Civic. The newer Civics and Corollas are much better than this also-ran.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It screams cheap. If that's not bad enough the reviews around the globe have been less than wonderful.

      Honda's new civic, fords fiesta, and whatever hyundai wants to do - will all blow this away.

      60 billion for this? Nice try GM, but I am not impressed. If it were coming out now - like it should be, I would say ok good try. But I am tired of being promised new product and shown prototypes 3 years before the car is due out. I am tired of wating!

      GM pulled this crap with the camaro, I wanted one. Not any more! They spent less time and money going to the moon!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its already available here in Mexico since a couple of months ago. Maybe here is the testing ground. But when you go to the dealer or call the 800 number for road asistance with a problem, unvariable you get the question, what did you do to the car??? By default its the drivers fault! For me, no GMs anymore after previous experiences with an Astra.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds like my dad. Blaming me because his car's a bit screwed up (it's a GM).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The mexican Cruze comes from Korea.
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