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Will the government lose money on GM? yes
Was it worth it? probably
Do I like GM still being around? yes.





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Will the government lose money on GM? yes
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We all do Aus.

My main point anyway is that there isn't much to be proud about the Cruze apart from its initial sales success. He should have said Malibu or something else, the fact that he responded Cruze is not very auspicious.





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We all do Aus.

My main point anyway is that there isn't much to be proud about the Cruze apart from its initial sales success. He should have said Malibu or something else, the fact that he responded Cruze is not very auspicious.
The Cruze could become the best-selling GM vehicle once operations start in South America. Lets just wait and see how far the Cruze goes in the US. Its still too early to tell. My opinion of course.





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The Cruze is a fine car, everyone else can see it. Even MotorTrend in their comparison with the Focus where the Focus won, admitted the Cruze was a "more comfortable commuter". The general buying public doesn't care nearly as much as MotorTrend which one is 0.5s faster in the quarter mile. It's different car than the Focus aimed a different crowd and by all means, it's selling quite well to those people.

But if we're judging by 0-60 times and MT roadtests instead of sales and ATP then ya, the Cruze isn't doing well at all.


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The Cruze is a fine car, everyone else can see it. Even MotorTrend in their comparison with the Focus where the Focus won, admitted the Cruze was a "more comfortable commuter". The general buying public doesn't care nearly as much as MotorTrend which one is 0.5s faster in the quarter mile. It's different car than the Focus aimed a different crowd and by all means, it's selling quite well to those people.

But if we're judging by 0-60 times and MT roadtests instead of sales and ATP then ya, the Cruze isn't doing well at all.
But the Motor Trend test doesn't say that the Focus won for being 0.5s faster in the quarter mile (actually it was 0.6s faster and 4.6 mph faster), or because it stopped sooner, but rather because it had better seats, better fuel economy, better quality, better materials and looks better. In their own words:

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With all said and done, it's impossible to deny the Focus a clear victory over the Cruze. With better performance in all of our testing categories, better fuel economy, higher-quality interior materials and styling that is both fresh and eye-catching, the Focus was also able to offer a strong match for the Cruze's standard amenities while undercutting the Chevy in price (albeit by a tiny margin). Cruze buyers who (wisely) choose not to pony up the extra cash for the RS appearance package will save a few bucks, but be left with a car that is far too tame for its target market. At the end of the day, styling does make a difference in our subjective conscious, and even though the Cruze could be entertaining to drive, we had no doubt that we'd rather see the Focus in our garage at the end of a play day in the mountains.
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This test should have been between the Focus and the Elantra . . .





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stratojet makes sense but I can't help to think that GM still has endemic problems when Reuss says that the Cruze is the car developed under his leadership he is most proud of.

The new Malibu's yet another car which is a gigantic improvement over the car it replaces but can barely keep up with the competition, and that is a sign that Ackerman which is a cost cutter and not a car guy, is pretty much in charge..
It's too bad that he didn't say that he was most proud of the Cruze of all the cars he developed. He said that he was most proud of the CTS-V coupe.

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He’s a car guy at heart; he cited the Cadillac CTS-V coupe as his favorite car developed under his watch (and drives one himself), but all of the talk about fuel economy and low-key launches left me concerned whether the Malibu – currently available with an optional 3.6 liter V6 – would see a sport variant that improves upon the base car’s 2.5 liter four cylinder.
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When he first answered the “which GM car developed under your leadership are you most proud of” question, his first answer was the CTS-V coupe. But then he quickly threw in that he was proud to have secured local Cruze production, because he clearly feels an attachment to Australia from his time managing Holden.
The Cruze isn't the car he's most proud of; the CTS-V coupe is. It's very different to say that you're most proud of a car vs. most proud of getting a particular car produced in Australia and ensuring that auto manufacturing continues there.
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It's too bad that he didn't say that he was most proud of the Cruze of all the cars he developed. He said that he was most proud of the CTS-V coupe.




The Cruze isn't the car he's most proud of; the CTS-V coupe is. It's very different to say that you're most proud of a car vs. most proud of getting a particular car produced in Australia and ensuring that auto manufacturing continues there.
Not to mention that his leadership of establishing Cruze production in Australia arguably saved GM Holden. He has every right to be proud of that. From what I heard, there were not many inside GM that thought Holden could ever do that.


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