Chevrolet began deliveries of its Captiva fleet vehicle last week. The compact crossover is imported from Mexico and bears a striking resemblance to the recently deceased Saturn Vue. Don't think we're about to see the vehicle show up in the company's consumer lineup, however. General Motors says that the Captiva will remain a fleet-only offering in the near future. That doesn't mean that GM isn't keen to grow its compact crossover offerings, though. Automotive News reports that GM is currently mulling a high-riding vehicle based on the Sonic for both Chevrolet and Buick.

Earlier this year, our spy photographers spotted a high-riding Sonic out testing, and the AN report suggests that the baby Buick crossover could arrive on showroom floors sometime next year, possibly as a 2013 model. The only question is whether or not Chevrolet will follow suit with a version of its own. That would leave the Chevy lineup with the Traverse, Equinox and this new model for a very crossover-heavy lineup. GM is apparently considering every angle at this point.


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      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please explain how Chevy is a CrossOver heavy lineup wit two maybe three CUVs? ROLL CALL: Corvette - Car Camaro - Car Impala - Car Malibu - Car Cruze - Car Sonic - Car Beat - Car Traverse - CUV Equinox - CUV You folks never really think things through do you?
      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saturn Vue.
      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      So if you want one, you just buy it from Hertz or Avis instead of a Chevy dealer. No big. If you see a previous-gen Chevy Malibu with a "Classic" badge on the trunk lid, it was a rental car, kept around for an extra year for the same reason there's a Chevy Captiva.
      Felipe Politano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember that Ford is also getting in the subcompact crossover game with its new Fiesta-based Ecosport. That is a hugely important market in South America and an increasingly important niche in Europe. Brazilian magazines have already snapped pictures of the Chevy mini-crossover testing, and word has it that an Opel branded version would follow suit, with largely different sheetmetal, since both Chevy and Opel will sell their crossovers in Europe, it could not be just a case of badge engineering. And since there is already an Opel version in the works... it therefore seems pretty natural that a badge engineered Buick is the obvious development.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        The Ecosport is all over Latin America. I remember seeing a few of them in Mexico and thinking they looked pretty nice.
        Felipe Politano
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        On Chevy being "very crossover-heavy": by 2014 Ford will be selling the Ecosport, Kuga/Escape, Edge, Explorer and Flex in the US... not to mention the Falcon-based Territory and the Ranger-based Everest in other markets. Now THAT is "heavy".
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Felipe Politano
        I think they're just mulling a Chevy version in North America. Latin America's a lock, and it's likely Europe is, but North America is another market. Since they were unwilling to market the Orlando in the US - though more than willing to sell the same vehicle in Canada - I wonder if they are leery about smaller crossovers in this market.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      First Caprice, now Captiva--The Captiva is the new HHR for the rental fleets, just eroding brand value by doing that, oh well!
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Actually this strengthens the value of the brand. How? Well, this keeps the Equinox resale high by having them sold to retail consumers. Without the rush of fresh from fleet used deals, the Equinox never suffers from the pounding at resale that GMs fleet specials - Impala - happen to. This is a cheaper car to make, and visually distinct from the Equinox line.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      So basically, we're just getting the Saturn Vue back with a different badge? This body style has been around since 2008. It doesn't have much time before Chevy decides to redesign it, which wouldn't give this thing much chance to show how good or bad its sales are going to be.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        I guess you somehow missed the part that say this vehicle will only be sold to fleets (read RENTAL).
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        You missed the part about it being sold exclusively to fleet consumers. They want a CUV for fleets which isn't the Equinox - since that's selling like gangbusters to retail consumers and they don't want to waste time selling less profitable fleet versions - and the Captiva was already largely certified and cheap to bring over, due to the Saturn connections and South American production.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
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        redgpgtp97
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        I most certainly agree!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Synthono, fleet sales usually flows on over to actual sales once fleet consumers realize how good a car is. If this is still just as good as the Vue (which was a hot seller), then people will want to purchase one.
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          No, they won't, because they want to put people into the Equinox. If anyone asks, they will say "no, we do not sell those." GM will not supply them to dealers outside of fleet sales. People can ask all they want, they're not buying a new Captiva. There's not enough differentiation between the two lines to justify selling both, and the Equinox is more profitable. That's why the Captiva is fleet exclusive, and that's why you'll never buy a new one as a private consumer.
          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          And they won't be able to, because it's not available to consumers. They may be able to buy ex-fleet versions on the used market, but GM has stated (repeatedly!) that this is NOT FOR RETAIL SALE. How many times do they have to say "fleet-exclusive" and "fleet-only" before you finally catch on?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          You're not getting me. Once consumers start asking Chevy dealerships if they have any brand new ones, GM will most likely stop using it as a fleet vehicle. But that might take a while, so there will probably be a redesigned Captiva for sale in a couple of years.
      T_G_NYC
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to step in and defend my beloved VUE. I own a 2008, with 75,000 miles on it and it's been a dream to own. Not one issue with it, but that might have something to do with the fact that I'm maniacal about routine maintenance and upkeep. Still, Vue McClanahan (our nickname for her) has been a great buy.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess I'm a little confused by this because I don't understand why they wouldn't just sell a slightly cheapened Equinox to fleets. Isn't the Captiva about the same size as the Equinox? They're both based on the Theta platform. I've been in both a Captiva and an Equinox, albeit never for very long, but I remember them being about the same size.
        vince
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        I think selling a lot of Equinoxs to rental fleets would hurt their resale value, which would keep some people from buying them, and also would increase the cost of a lease. If the car is going to depreciate a lot they would have to charge more to make their money. Selling a different model to the fleets should prevent that.
        1guyin10
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        The Equinox has been in short supply for some time. Using this vehicle to fill fleet sales allows all the Equinox supply to be channeled toward retail. The Equinox is an easy selling, profitable vehicle so dealers have been screaming about not being able to get enough of them. The Captiva should also have a lower cost since it is built in Mexico, which is helpful with low-margin fleet sales.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do this with food all the time. Don't want meat & potato leftovers again kids? Bam! Shepherd Pie!!
      notafan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please GM don't go back to your old tricks.
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