• Sep 27, 2010
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General Motors is betting on the Chevrolet Cruze sedan to boost its small-car image and sales here in the United States. Overseas, however, GM will be offering the Cruze in an attractive five-door bodystyle, and a report from Australia's Drive.com states that Holden's in-house HSV tuning department is considering a high-powered Cruze.

HSV doesn't outright confirm that a performance Cruze is in the works, but the company has stated that it is strongly considering adding a four-cylinder model to its lineup and that the Cruze would be the "best option for showing progress." If the HSV Cruze were to be produced, our bet is that it will be based on the new five-door hatch body style that we won't get here in the States. This means the Volkswagen GTI and upcoming Ford Focus ST could have some seriously stiff competition from the likes of General Motors.

As for timing, don't expect to see a HSV Cruze anytime soon – the tuning company's current focus is making sure that its V8-powered cars have a solid, sustainable future. Still, news of a tuned-up Cruze certainly piques our interest, if only to be a lusted after piece of forbidden fruit.



[Source: Drive.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, good job GM copying Audi's led design. looks super-original.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Last time I checked the patent office didn't have anything on file for a straight line...
      • 4 Years Ago
      hatchbacks don't sell here. and neither do utes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks fabulous. Great job Chevy!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "This means the Volkswagen GTI and upcoming Ford Focus ST could have some seriously stiff competition from the likes of General Motors." - Autoblog

      GM's global operations have long pitched high performance versions of the Astra squarely at the Golf GTi and Focus ST - certainly in Europe. Since GM-DAT products have replaced GME machinery in the B-segment and C-segment in Australia, a HSV version of the Cruze makes sense there. In Europe, GM-DAT sourced cars are pitched as budget offerings from GM, in the same vein as Skoda is to VAG. It's unlikely a hot hatchback Cruze will make its way to European shores, let alone the States.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cruze Hatchback has more style then the sedan GM should really consider bringing it to the US market
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree that the Cruze hatch is better looking (and obviously more practical) than the sedan.

        I can only hope that the reason that Chevy doesn't offer that version here is because Buick is going to get a hatchback in the form of the newest Astra eventually.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        The Saturn 2 door Astra hatchback is one of my favorite looking hatches in the last 5 years. It's a shame it's dead. I'd love if GM revived it as a Chevy (and gave it a decent engine).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Vaua70: Not trying to be a smart-ass. I understand that english may not be the first language of some who post here.


        The Cruze Hatchback has more style THAN the sedan.

        When making a choice between two or more items, the appropriate word is thAn.

        You liked the blue car more thAn you liked the white one.


        The word thEn is an informal reference to a specific time. In this instance it is the opposite of the word NOW.

        The word thEn is also used when referencing a sequence or order of events, or the order of preference of a list of items.

        e.g.: My favorite pony car is the 2011 Mustang GT, thEn the Dodge Challenger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        And a Cruze SS to follow in the footsteps of the Monza SS and Nova SS would be even better!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks nice. The 5 door, with the 1.4L turbo and a manual transmission, my next car could be a Chevy!

      oh well...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice...
      but the USA better see a naSScar edition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My God...if HSV gets their hands on the hatchback Cruze, and we don't get it in the states, I'm going to be thoroughly pissed...

      THOROUGHLY...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car fixed the most important defect of the sedan version, small glass windows instead of the black plastic covers of the rear doors. Thank you GM, but the current sedan will be another disaster as of my prediction because of the ugly plastic cover on the rear door windows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Over the weekend after trying to chase down what might have been a new Chevy Colorado with the disguise wrapping on it (amazing how fast the guy took off as soon as I snapped the camera), it disappeared in a small town where I got sidetracked by a bunch of Cruzes w/MI plates. All decked out in what looked like SS trim. Nice...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea, make that thing a 3 door hatch and it's a winner for sure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So stupid that GM are not offering the hatchback version in the U.S. There is a market for these cars, look at subaru and how many hatchbacks you see on the road (a lot!). Since GM is selling the Cruze starting at 17K for the base model, and more for the average model. You get what you pay for i think anyways, so i dont think a hatchback version would be to much more. Why is GM pulling what Ford has done in the past of making hatchbacks and superior euro spec versions for europe only, guess its still the old GM thinking i guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree with you both jonnybimmer and Epix, i think the cruze hatchback looks much sportier and they could market lol i am going to say this, or sell it like a competitor to a Subaru they would sell, as for the hatches not selling that was somewhat the car companies fault lack of quality cars, and i mean come on i would take a saturn if you gave it to me for free lol, and times and cars have changed people want quality and fuel efficient cars now
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember the Saturn Astra XR? The 5-Door Focus? Like most car enthusiasts, I love a good hatch/wagon, but unfortunately they really don't sell well in the US, the general public just doesn't want them over a sedan. For an example, consider how many Jettas you see vs Golf/GTIs, or Corollas vs Matrix/Vibes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol Sean Eagen i live in MA, to funny we are closer than we think, anyways i personally see a lot more Subaru hatchbacks than sedans, or station wagons but anyways just feel like a lot of foreign car companies and well ford is too but there is a market for them so i would pick a hatch cruze over a sedan cruze think it looks better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        opps meant would not take that car if it were given to me for free, the status of that car was that of an old person's car
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know where you live, but here in Southern NH and the Boston area, I see WAY more Subaru sedans than hatchbacks. Subaru's are pretty popular around here.
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