• Mar 12, 2010
Chevrolet Cruze - click above for high-res image gallery

Check out this little nugget General Motor's North American president Mark Reuss let slip during a recent web chat:
"[...] 2 door cruze is a nice idea, and it may show up in the global market. As we have 2 door Cobalts currently, [North America] would naturally look at a Cruze 2 door, but I believe our small car portfolio will be WAY beyond what it is now, so a 2 door something still is needed."
Quite interesting, no? Especially as the Cruze will eventually replace the Cobalt as Chevy's C-segment car. We suspect there will be a bit of overlap between the two cars (GM's high-volume models die hard), but the idea of a Cruze SS Coupe is quite tantalizing. To us at any rate.

Also lip smacking is another bit of info Reuss let slip when a man named Pete asked the following question, "Can you tell us if the plans for a ZETA RWD sedan in one of the core brands is moving forward?" Mr. Reuss' response, "quite possibly Pete......." That's not the Lutzian answer we're used to ("RWD, twin-turbo wagons with manuals for all!") but it's not a "no," either. Also of note, Reuss, a competition-license carrying "car guy" at one time owned Buick GNX #446. Good to know, and stay tuned....




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      Chretien smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      i love the nova and would like it if you bring back a newer model
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would certainly make sense to build a 2-door Cruze since you want to attract youth buyers who want something sportier than a sedan and could eventually move up to other Chevy/GM vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I see a Cobalt Coupe, I see "Cobalt", not "Sporty". The number of doors is not enough to fool the public.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, one only needs to look at how many Civic coupes there are out there, to see that it would be a mistake to not make a coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the looks of this car, and sport/racing versions look great. Hope to see an eventual Cruze SS to replace my Cobalt SS sedan. I predict this will do very well in the marketplace.

      And - really? 10 years old? This looks like a 2000 model year car? It is at least on par with the current Civic (introduced as a 2006 and considered ahead of its time) with a much nicer interior. If the new Astra's nimbleness makes it to our version, this will be very nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the car's styling was bang up-to-date when it debuted in Korea 18 months ago.

        All this talk of it looking 10 years old is beyond ridiculous.

        However, next to the 2012 Focus, it does look bland. Holden's version will be getting a facelift later this year. I wouldn't be surprised if we got it too, and that's why the car's been held up for so long.

        Also, the US Cruze will indeed be getting the Astra's Watt's Linkage rear suspension. So hopefully, it will get the zippy handling of its Euro brother.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This isn't an Astra. What are you even talking about? This is a friggin' Daewoo!

        We may get the Astra, but as a hatch and as a Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cobalt doesn't look old at all, but GM does have the bad habit of marketing a car with small reveals to the public for so long before it actually releases it that the car guys like us get sick of hearing about the damn thing. Which is where all this "It looks old" talk comes in.

      Personally, I'd buy a base LS coupe with a stickshift. I like a nice compact 2 door with a trunk as an everyday driver, always have.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think it would be cool if GM made a 2door Cruze, providing it's at least as nice as the cobalt. It's true, high demand brands die hard, and the cobalt is a great car, heck there's even an official club for them :)

      GM needs to step up and make a good Cruze SS for the younger population, they already appeal to the old people...thats why they have Buick!

      All in all the cobalt sold really well, and if GM wants this cruze to sell well and so called "replace" the cobalt then make it appeal to those who know and love the cobalt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news if you think one scoop of vanilla is never enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does it seem like this car has been around for so long that the design is already dated?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I said that here last year, and I'm not joking. This car is old and busted already.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Five years old is a bit of an exaggeration, but this car really has been on sale since 2008 (in South Korea). It's no spring chicken.

        We've had it here in Australia for over a year now, too. I think Americans will find it picks up right where the Cobalt left off. Nice, tasteful exterior (as the Cobalt had, by 2005 standards), and a fairly nice interior with good space (ditto). But it's slow and thrashy with the base 1.8-liter, and the electric steering is of the numb, spin-it-with-one-finger variety, a la Toyota. A seriously boring car to drive.

        I personally wonder why GM is distracting itself with talk of coupes and SS versions when the car has fundamental flaws that are ripe for the fixing. If GM isn't careful, the Focus is going to throw the "rental-car" image right back at this thing and pop Chevy's hype balloon pretty fast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        10 year old styling. This car is going to be an epic fail from the get go. Everybody is copying the new Passat or CC for styling. Heck my 07 Altima looks more modern than the Cruze.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, Enterprise still uses Cobalts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MUSASHI66 They DID come from a 5-year old Korean car. This IS a 5-year old Korean car!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hertz was using Cobalts and G6's/G5's over the summer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        NOT just you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not just you. This is the car GM needed in 2002, not 2011. Again, Chevy is behind the times. Heck, even rental car companies don't use Cobalts anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.....that last comment - "Personally, I'd buy a base LS coupe with a stickshift. I like a nice compact 2 door with a trunk as an everyday driver, always have" - made me think of the old GM X body cars....anybody remember those? The Chevy Citation, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile had one, and Pontiac too. Those were available as a nice compact two door with a trunk......wow....maybe GM can resurrect the X body!! What an idea!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I certainly hope we get a coupe. And fix those tail lights, please.

      Really anxious to see how this car will pan out. If it delivers the mileage and MPG i'm looking for, i would consider purchasing one. I used to be a fan of the Cavalier but the styling and reliability was a huge turnoff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I was thinking the exact same thing. It doesn't just look dated, it looks OLD.

      Given this is a bread-and-butter segment in the "new" GM, and the stunning competition coming, I'm not feeling bullish for this thing. Could you imagine in what case a buyer will choose Cruze over the upcoming Focus? I do:

      Price and finance. That is to say, "zero-profit margin sales" and "low quality credit buyers." Bad things are in store for this model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just this week a report from Mexico GM reported that there are 2000+ cars from this kind in Mexico with problems in the fuel line, it may get broke. So they are contacting the owners to take them to the nearest dealer for a free of charge repair. I wonder if that has already happen in USA or it will in the near future, as this car was available in Mexico before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the UK I have just bought the Cruze Diesel 2.0 LT auto, very disappointed with only 29.4 mpg compared to 26.9 for my previous Dodge Caliber SXT CVT for same journey. Both cars have rubbish plastics that mark far too easily. However the Caliber is far better equipped, I am missing essential Tire pressure Monitor System, powered foldback door mirrors,self locking doors, chilled drinks locker compass & two trip odometers. The Cruze has very poor instrument dials that are very difficult to read with sun glasses, the Caliber dials are perfection.Probably one of the best features of the Cruze is the inclusion of a full size spare wheel. The Cruze does drive OK but is let down by poor fuel consumption & lack of essential features found on a similar priced car.
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