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Old 01-27-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Cruze wagon has potential for U.S. -- but will it get here?



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Any way you measure it, Chevrolet's Cruze had a great year.
For 2011, U.S. sales totaled 231,732, and all sales came from one configuration: a four-door sedan.

Well, it turns out Chevy's got an ace up its sleeve.

General Motors is putting the finishing touches on the Cruze wagon.
The rear portion of the wagon has been stretched several inches, and a tailgate with a sloping rear window has been added. The description is based on spy photos that have popped up on Web sites.

Once before GM chose to skip the U.S. market for a Cruze variant. The good-looking and very practical Cruze five-door hatchback is sold outside the United States. I know some U.S. dealers wanted the hatchback in the Cruze line, too.

But what about the wagon? Will the U.S. market be snubbed again? GM won't say.

Today the only competitors offering small, affordable wagons here are Hyundai, with the Elantra Touring, and Volkswagen, with the Jetta Sport Wagon.

I see some opportunity here.

The Elantra Touring replacement will be introduced next month at the Chicago Auto Show, and the folks at Hyundai hint that the redesigned car might be marketed as a hatchback . The "Touring" name might be discarded.

As for the Sport Wagon, I would expect that a Cruze wagon could be priced a few thousand dollars below VW's model.

It appears there's space in the U.S. market for a Cruze wagon.
This seems like an opportunity for Chevrolet.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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FEB 9, 2012: A stunning new wagon will join Holden’s popular Cruze line-up within the next 12 months.

The imported model will be the third variant of Holden’s favourite small car and promises to combine the practicality of a wagon with the high-tech features and sporty style that has made Cruze sedan and hatch so popular.
The Chevrolet version of the Cruze wagon will make its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.

The latest Cruze bodystyle complements sedan and hatch which have sold in excess of one million vehicles globally since the carline was launched in 2009.

Holden Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth said he was looking forward to welcoming the Cruze wagon to Australia.
"Cruze wagon ticks all the boxes, it offers distinctive design, dynamic driving, space and economy," said Mr Elsworth.

“Cruze has been a fantastic success story for Holden, it’s been extremely well received by our customers making it Australia’s fifth highest-selling car in 2011.

“We’re confident Cruze wagon will take the nameplate from strength to strength and reach new customers who are looking for more versatility.”
The new wagon will feature generous storage space and a high level of standard features and safety that customers have come to expect from a Cruze.

Cruze wagon, at 4,675mm, is slightly longer than the hatch (4,510mm) and sedan (4,597mm) models. Load space ranges from 500 litres up to the window line in the rear to nearly 1,500 litres up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down.

The exterior design features a tapering single arch roofline and comes with roof racks as standard, providing convenience while maintaining a poised and sporty look.
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Roof rails for the win.
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Chevy, please, do it. Please.
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Looks a heck of a lot better than the cartoonish HHR wagon.
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