• Sep 3, 2010
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The long rumored Chevrolet Cruze hatchback was unveiled today by Holden, General Motors' Australian division. The five-door Cruze was designed and built at Holden's Port Melbourne design studio and will be shown publicly at the Paris Motor Show at the end of the month.

The hatchback features a forward sloping rear glass and a shorter rear overhang than the existing four-door sedan but significantly better access to the cargo space. The new body style is labeled as a global model – just like the sedan – but General Motors has not announced if it will come to the U.S. market. If the Cruze hatchback does make it to America, it will be the first C-segment hatchback from Chevrolet since the first-generation Cavalier ended production way back in 1988. GM will no doubt be watching the sales mix for the new Ford Focus, which is being offered as both a sedan and hatch in North America, before deciding. Holden will launch production of the Cruze hatchback down under in late 2011.

Update: Chevrolet has told AutoblogGreen that there are no current plans to offer the hatchback in the U.S. market.



[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

New Hatchback is next chapter in Cruze success story
  • Cruze hatchback show car to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show
  • Hatchback showcar designed and built by Holden in Australia
  • New model to build on Cruze's global appeal

Holden's design talents will be showcased to the world next month when a five-door Cruze hatchback showcar is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

Chevrolet Europe has released the first images of the highly anticipated global model which was designed and built by Holden's Port Melbourne design studio.

The showcar with its sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs is a precursor to a production model, also designed by Holden that will be built in several countries, including Australia where it will start product in late 2011.

Holden Chief Designer Richard Ferlazzo said the project had been a significant undertaking for the studio which had spent more than 12 months working with GM designers from around the world developing the hatch variant.

"Our brief was to create an alternative body style to the traditional sedan that retained the same dynamic proportions that has made Cruze such a success around the world," Mr Ferlazzo said.

"We are very proud of the result which will be tailored further for the Australian market and given an appearance consistent with the rest of the Holden portfolio next year."

The Holden Design Studio is an important part of General Motors global design network, as one of only three facilities in the world with the capability to design and build prototype concept vehicles for exhibitions and international auto shows.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      This actually looks pretty sweet...a lot better than the regular cruze IMO. Has a very strong resemblance to the Saturn Astra, which I also liked the looks of.

      I'm really not sure why anyone would buy a sedan over a hatch anymore...the benefits of the hatch are usually to overwhelming to justify buying the sedan variant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Won't make it to the US? Oh well, I guess I won't be buying any stock in GM after all....
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's okay. I prefer my hatchbacks closer to a wagon though. Laying the glass back just takes more space away and makes it heavier (large glass is heavy). Just get the pivot point far enough forward that I can open the back in my garage and that's the perfect spot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The real question is whether the hatchback Cruze will show up in Europe where hatchbacks are prized.

      However, There seems to be a certain mindset anti-intellectual, and anti-scientific here inthe commentary. It is also a religious prejudice.

      What Global Warming? Where is it? It was supposed to occur in the 1980s, per Herr Doktor Holden and Chu. When it didn't happen, then it was coming in the 90s; when that failed, Herr Asstronomer Hansen predicted it for the turn of the 21st century. Lo and behold its now a decade later than that and we are still looking for the mysterious missing Global Warming fellow.

      We measure the calorithmic heat of the Oceans with climate buoys now, and they report the Oceans are cooling. Satellite measured Ice extent increases at the Poles. The only places its OFFICIALLY hot, is where there are no longer any thermometers to measure anything, since 4/5ths of weather stations have been turned off, in places, like where its cold. Yet the concept of interpolating the temperature between two places as an average is sound. Until you measure it at the equator and half way around the globe on the equator and average those two equatorial temperatures to ascertain and predict the temperature at the North or South pole half way between them.

      Something seems to be wrong, but Herr Doktor Asstronomer Hansen, the ultimate atmospheric Profit, can't figure out what. After all, averaging an equatorial 100 degrees and another equatorial 100 degrees to get an average for half way between, of 100 degrees, doesn't seem to get an accurate temperature of the North Pole...He wonders why.

      If it weren't for the religious nuts who truly believe, CAGW would be laughed out of existence. It still is, but it is taking longer.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Bravo. The carbon nonsense has distracted people who have a genuine concern for the planet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm can I get that with a Volt under carriage it's far more interesting looking to me at least
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is very nice. Hope it comes to the U.S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This news feels like knives in the back :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      It has a very angry face
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only 1 that thinks this is a Dodge Caliber with a Chevy grill and taillights on it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I think you're alone on this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, not even close dude.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I believe you are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car would be a sales success in the states - doesn't matter if it's a hatch or not. Just read the reader posts here or at any of the other online sources. (and online posters are usually very blunt and brutal about automaker's products)
      Hatches make sense and domestic drivers are realizing this. As the average car size trends smaller, space effeciency becomes more important.
      GM - bring this car here.
      USA Today Drive On Community article ---->
      http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/09/gm-hatches-chevrolet-cruze-hatchback-for-europe/1?loc=interstitialskip

      • 4 Years Ago
      GM can be wrong in not bringing Cruze hatchback to US. Hatchbacks today are a lot better looking than those of the past. Also hatchbacks are a lot more practical than sedans. I believe Cadillac comes with either a hatchback or wagon. Does GM think Cadillac can sell better than Cruze? But GM's crystal ball hasn't been right for years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      green by what standard?
        • 4 Years Ago
        MattF, it just isn't. that's what they want you to think. it runs on fossil fuels. it worsens the trade deficit, it brings peak oil crisis closer and it worsens global warming.
        only a CO2 free car is green.

        it's like crime. bank robbery isn't legal just because it's less criminal than genocide. it's not legal ish.
        they wont give you the obvious electric cars when you are so easily fooled by this wasteful bucket.
        you just don't get it. wake up. peak oil cometh
        • 4 Years Ago
        Matt, if every car in the world was this car would that stop global warming? or make it much worse.

        think
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please, come down from your ivory tower. Thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no can do. I'm going up, not down. why dont you join me and God on high. race you to the top : )
        • 4 Years Ago
        MattF, then why are we talking about electric cars..
        you know I'm right.

        and it wont stop peak oil either..
        • 4 Years Ago
        (Different Matt here)
        Actually, if every car got 40 mpg, yes it would go a long way towards mitigating the contribution of cars to global warming. The earth's carbon sinks are currently absorbing about half as much CO2 as we are emitting, so a 50% cut across the board may just about halt warming in the medium term.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Basic math tells me that if every car were this car, it would not in fact make global warming "much worse".

        40mpg > 30mpg.

        Nice try, though...
        • 4 Years Ago
        40 mpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because there are different shades of green. The Cruze is certainly green(ish) compared to many other cars.
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