• Mar 11th 2011 at 1:57PM
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2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport – Click above for high-res image

Do you miss the Saturn Vue? If so, General Motors is ready to wipe your tears away. Meet the new Chevrolet Captiva Sport, a shockingly familiar crossover being offered for fleet sales here in the United States. GM is quick to point out that the Sport is a variant of the popular Captiva CUV sold in other markets, though its Saturn-badged kin can still be found all over the nation.

The 2012 Chevrolet Captiva Sport will be available in three trim levels – LS, LT and LTZ – with two different powertrain choices. The base engine is GM's Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder, while the uplevel powerplant is The General's 3.0-liter direct-injected V6. Having experienced both of these units in the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers, we found the four to be far smoother and more refined than the anemic V6. In any case, both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is optional on LTZ models.

LT and LTZ models use the 3.0-liter V6 and come standard with OnStar and Bluetooth connectivity. LTZ standard equipment also includes leather-trimmed seats (heated for front passengers), a rear-view camera and premium audio system.

Fleet companies can take delivery of the Vue Captiva Sport as early as the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full details, follow the jump for GM's press release.

[Source: General Motors]
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Chevrolet Captiva Sport to Help Meet Fleet Customer Demand for Compact Crossovers

DETROIT – Chevrolet will introduce the Captiva Sport, a new entry to the U.S market, later this year to help satisfy growing demand for compact crossovers by fleet customers. The Captiva Sport is a variant of the globally successful Chevrolet Captiva compact crossover.

Variants of the compact crossover are sold in more than 50 markets across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America. The U.S.-specific version will give fleet customers a contemporary five-seat crossover with a comprehensive range of features and amenities, and will also address their need for roominess, utility and fuel efficiency.

"It says a lot about our ability to draw on international programs and proven, quality crossovers that we were able to identify and federalize a strong new entrant such as Captiva Sport for the U.S. market," said Alan Batey, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service. "We turned to our global network for a solution to quickly meet the rising demand from local fleet customers and continue to meet strong retail demand for the Equinox."

The Captiva Sport will be available for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2011, as a 2012 model.

The Chevrolet Equinox continues to show strong retail sales growth, with retail sales up 98 percent in February compared with the same month last year. Chevrolet expects sales retail sales to remain strong, in part due to its 32 mpg highway fuel economy rating, higher than the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.

The Captiva Sport features either an Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder or 3.0L direct-injected V-6 engine – each matched with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission. Because the crossover is based on a proven GM global architecture, only minor revisions are required to meet federal standards, allowing Chevrolet to fast-track the Captiva Sport for the United States.

The Captiva Sport will be offered in LS and LT models, with four trim packages, including an all-wheel-drive model (LTZ). All models feature 17-inch aluminum wheels, XM Satellite Radio, six-speaker sound system, four-wheel disc brakes with antilock, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, air conditioning, power locks and windows (with driver's express down) and remote keyless entry.

Uplevel LT and LTZ models include the V-6 engine (with dual exhaust), along with OnStar and Bluetooth phone connectivity. A rear-view camera and leather trim package – including leather-trimmed and heated front seats – are standard on LTZ and available on other trims. The LTZ trim also includes a 10-speaker sound system and a sunroof.

"The range of features offered by the Captiva Sport is as rich as any Chevrolet vehicle," said Batey. "Our fleet customers will find it to be a versatile vehicle that gives them the cargo capacity they need, in a fuel efficient package that will help keep their ownership costs in check."

Under the skin

At the core of the Captiva Sport is a European-inspired driving character, with a stiff, steel body-frame integral structure complemented by a MacPherson strut independent front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension. An isolated engine cradle enhances quietness and contributes to a smooth ride.

Standard on all models are four-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control – systems that work together to provide outstanding vehicle control

In addition to handling features such as StabiliTrak that help drivers avoid crashes, the Captiva Sport helps protect occupants with its high-strength steel structure and a long list of standard occupant-protection safety features. Dual-stage front-seat air bags, front-seat side thorax air bags and rollover capable head curtain air bags covering front and rear rows are standard on all models.

Other standard safety features include front-row safety belt pretensioners, Pedal Release System that decouples the brake pedal in a crash to avoid injuries, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system, automatic power door locks and side turn signal lamps.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thinking I wanted an Equinox, we began shopping for one. I was very disappointed in the lack of interior color options. Now I find out about the Captiva which is only available for fleet sales but has much nicer interior color options. What is Chevrolet thinking in treating the people who bailed them out this way?
        J*zz Muff
        • 3 Years Ago
        What was Chevrolet thinking in treating people who bailed them out "this way" - "this way" meaning "why you no sell us 6 year old car and call it new, Chevy?" Seriously?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want my Captiva, where can I buy one ASAP even though I'm not a fleet rental company? I'll even put a personalized license plate frame so people don't think I'm driving a whitebread, plastic rim, always bright silver rental car. I want this Captiva...maybe I have to wait for Hertz to sell one with 20k miles, cigarette burns in seats and smells like too many people's rearend.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who would be dumb enough to buy a neglected former rental vehicle?

      I know one person who did that and that was one of the worst ownership experiences that I have ever heard of, aside from my friends '08 GTI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess resale value wasn't a concern when they approved this plan.

      Do any of you ABers have any idea what the resale value on FLEET ONLY models are? I'll give you preview, abysmal.

      This isn't the best idea in my opinion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because some fleet customers actually care about residuals when the time comes to turn over the fleet. My company rotates vehicles about every 1 1/2-3 years and we have historically stayed away from manufacturers with poor resale values.

        What you save upfront usually doesn't pay off when the time comes to turn your fleet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going to make the same point. Fleet buyers do care about resale value too, which leads me to conclude that GM is able to sell these Captivas for an attractively low price and still make a profit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But if your only initial customers are fleets, then why does it matter what the resale value is, as long as the fleet is happy enough with the initial price? It's not like the normal situation where retail customers sell their car after 5 years and get burned because there are 20 bazillion fleet units on the used market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a strange move on GM's behalf. I can only hope their insiders truly know what theyre doing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why, oh why does GM want to create a "fleet-only" model? Isn't the point of "moving forward" to focus more on the more profitable retail channel?

      Hopefully, they won't cannibalize Equinox resale values when all the old Captiva models hit the used-car lots...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is too keep the Equinox out of fleets and keep its resale high.

        I'm not sure how I feel about this, but at least it isn't going to be sold to retail customers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How long til dealers start complaining that they should get it to sell too. Because some granny came in and rented one in FL and now wants to buy one but cant and the dealer is incapable of selling her an Equinox.

        Hey Chevy: Just make one good small CUV and sell it worldwide.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess is that being that it's a relatively old model under the light reskin they figure it won't really be competitive at retail. Launching it at retail entails a lot of money sunk into marketing and it doesn't make sense to do that for a model that might not be around that long, they're likely trying to use up the tooling and parts they had prepped for the Vue and make up the investment they made into making the Vue. Fleet customers just want vehicles of a certain size and sometimes operating cost and you don't have to spend money on ads everywhere. I'm sure rental car companies will love this since they can charge a lot more for an "SUV" with this thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This will increase the resale value of the Equinox by keeping it off the rental lots.
        • 4 Years Ago
        See my post below.
        Fleet buyers might be less profitable, but they still buy hundreds of thousands of vehicles each year. GM would be stupid to simply turn their backs on those numbers. Offer those customers a slightly different model with probably slightly older equipment and protect the good name of your higher-profit "regular" sales.
      • 10 Months Ago

      I bought a 2013 fleet Captiva Sept. 1, 2014 I love the car except the 18 mpg. Looks feel accessories comfort but I don't know if you can mix unleaded gas with E 85 ? Does anyone know ? In Palatine Illinois

      • 3 Years Ago
      II am a very satisfied owner of a 2008 Saturn Vue. It is a great vehicle, and is one of the few small vehicles capable of carrying 4 full size male golfers, and 4 golf bags. I have the bottom of the line 4 cyl model ! It is surprisingly well equipt for a base model, and would be really great with the 6 speed transmission for better mileage. If i could order the Captiva I would be down to my Chevy dealer today to get one because I have a golf buddy waiting to buy my Saturn when I get a new car.
        J*zz Muff
        • 3 Years Ago
        .... Except the Equinox and Terrain both have TONS of leg room.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why bother with the LTZ trim on something that is fleet? KISS.(Keep it simple stupid) offer the 2.4 as the only engine and keep it front wheel drive if it is only going to be used as a rental or a municipal vehicle. It will help the resale of other GM vehicles and production will be cheap as no new technology is being used.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is solely about freeing up profitable Equinoxes for retail sale. GM is maxed out on production capacity for the Equinox. They have been so desperate that they are building bodies in one plant and trucking them to another for assembly in hopes of meeting demand. The Captiva will be built at a plant in Mexico where capacity is available. By allowing the Captiva to be used for fleet orders all the Equinoxes that would have gone to fleet will be available to the dealers who are screaming for product for retail.

      Overall an inventive answer to a difficult dilemma by GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      some of you guys are complaining like this car is that old...They just recently stop selling them when Saturn closed..Whats next the G8/Caprice old too
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also known as the Craptiva in Australia. At least its only sold to fleets over there, over here people buy it as their family car. And yes that V6 is gutless, very lacking in torque
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was sold to American families, too, as the Saturn Vue, but with different powertrains.

        I wonder if the Chevy Captiva Sport will be sourced from GM Daewoo/GM Korea like for the rest of the world? The Vue was sourced from GM's Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, and they're having a hard time keeping up with Cadillac SRX demand.
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