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Chevy preps a Cruze hatchback for the U.S.


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June 22, 2015 - 12:01 am ET

DETROIT -- Chevrolet plans a hatchback version of the next-generation Cruze compact sedan for the U.S., targeting a niche segment that could be ripe for growth.

Chevy executives showed a hatchback Cruze to dealers last week at a national meeting in Las Vegas, according to three people who attended. The car was billed as a 2016 model ...

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Finally - as for those who claim hatches won't sell in the US:
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The Cruze hatch also will take on the Ford Focus, which derives about 40 percent of its sales from the five-door model.
 

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So the Focus hatchback has been 40% of Focus sales. For how long has the Focus hatchback been around? That's some Niche market, considering all of the other compact hatchbacks there are on the market. Wonder how many Cruze sales were lost to those other hatchbacks?
 

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So the Focus hatchback has been 40% of Focus sales. For how long has the Focus hatchback been around? That's some Niche market, considering all of the other compact hatchbacks there are on the market. Wonder how many Cruze sales were lost to those other hatchbacks?
I have a hard time believing the focus hatch is 40% of the current focus sales. Based on what I have seen on my travels its more like 10 -15%. Also anyone else ever see a focus hatch? has some of the ugliest taillights I have ever seen on a car.
 

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You see a lot of Focus hatchbacks around here. Can't prove it's 40%, but I'd bet it's close. The Focus hatchback has been around for two full generations now, so they must sell well enough for Ford to continue it across Focus platforms.

Of course what we see in our individual locals doesn't necessarily reflect national counts. I see far more 1st generation Cruzen here than 9th generation Civics, even though they outsell the Cruze by something like 25 to 30% each year. I also see far more Darts on the street than 9th gen. Civics even though they only sell about 7,000 Darts each month nationally, about 1/3 what the Civic sells. The same sort of thing goes for the Corolla. The highest selling compact in the US, but I see far fewer of them here than the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th best selling compacts.
 

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I have a hard time believing the focus hatch is 40% of the current focus sales. Based on what I have seen on my travels its more like 10 -15%. Also anyone else ever see a focus hatch? has some of the ugliest taillights I have ever seen on a car.
I see quite a few.

I think I actually see more Fiesta hatchbacks than sedans. I really don't see that many Fiesta sedans...they look weird. Like someone decided to just keep adding trunk until it beats everything in the class

I actually considered the Focus hatchback when I was shopping for a car last. It does make a few more ft-lbs of torque (but it is at a higher rpm than the Cruze) But they virtually all had that abyssmally bad automated manual. You had to get the ugly plastic hubcapped model to get a manual.


I thought I could get by with a sedan. I might have been wrong. I already had on instance where my Mazda 6 5 door would have easily handled something that just wouldn't fit in my Chrysler or my Cruze.
I need an SUV....I can't fit the things I need to carry in a car....
You never had a hatchback. I bet I could stuff nearly as much cargo in a Golf, Focus, or Mazda3 hatch as many small SUVs
 

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Nice looking car but I was never a fan of rear wipers. They rust and leak through the mount due to road grime/salt when driving and most neglect changing the blade because they cannot tell when it's bad because it's in the rear. The rear defogger is good enough.
 

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I never had a problem with my rear wipers. Well, I couldn't use an expensive blade on the back of my Mazda6. If I bought the most expensive Bosch, it would chatter. Get the cheapest Trico or Michelin and it's fine. But other than that, no leaks, no rust, and clear rearward vision.
 

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Nice looking car but I was never a fan of rear wipers. They rust and leak through the mount due to road grime/salt when driving and most neglect changing the blade because they cannot tell when it's bad because it's in the rear. The rear defogger is good enough.
The rear wiper on my Montana never had any problems. Blade change neglect cannot be blamed on the vehicle - those same owners probably don't check their tire pressures either.
 

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Excellent move, too bad it wasn't a first gen cruise, I love the way those look. I would speculate it's going to be replacing the in-between sized sonic. I don't really see the point of the sonic. It's roughly the same size as a cruze anyway.
 

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Hope it gets a hi-performance engine too - something to compete with the Focus ST.
 

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Maybe we'll finally get a Cruze with brembos from the factory. With our luck, though, they'll give all this stuff to the Sonic, and leave us, high and dry. And if they do add it, none of the parts will be compatible so we won't be able to use any of them on the current model, such as calipers and rotors.
 

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Honestly I'd rather have the Cruze wagon.
 

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Never have been a fan of the looks of a hatchback car but can understand the utility of the larger rear hatch opening. I carry allot of tools and random crap in my car, seems a hatch back would be dangerous if you got in an accident everything in the back will be flying around.

If I was buying a Chevy sonic today I would save the $600 and buy the much better looking(to me) sedan over the hatch. It has a much more usable truck space, can hold more than 4 paper grocery sacks when you have rear seat passengers as well. Also wouldn't a Sedan shape get better MPG? Seems there is allot more car sticking out in the back to keep hold of the air with a hatch.
 

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Looks more like a half a hatch back to me.



Should square off that back a bit more and add two jump seats like that Italian Ford C-Max we rented. Then they would have an instant sell from this guy.

Ha, don't stack to much luggage back there with that slope, will break that rear window. Speaking from a bad experience, not with that Ford, but with my Supra. Also a so-called hatch back.
 

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Discussion Starter #20 (Edited)
Opel Astra K

Also wouldn't a Sedan shape get better MPG? Seems there is allot more car sticking out in the back to keep hold of the air with a hatch.
While I cannot address the "better MPG" question because EPA testing of the 2016 Cruze's platform mate, the 2016 Opel Astra K aka "Der neuer Astra", either hasn't been done or if done the results not released to the public, I can say with certainty that the 2016 Opel's overall length is approximately 10-11 inches shorter than the next generation 2016 Cruze sedan with a wheelbase that's a hair under 1.5 inches shorter.

My source:
Technische Daten | Neuer Opel Astra Maße
Technical Data | New Opel Astra Dimensions

Modelle | Opel Astra 5-Türer - Opel Deutschland


When the second-generation Cruze 5-Door Hatchback/Liftback arrives in the USA and Canada, as promised many times by Mark Reuss, GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, it will be derived presumably from the Opel Astra K 5-Door Hatchback which is already on sale in Germany and has been well-received by the public and motoring press. To do otherwise would make no sense on many levels.



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