Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2011 Chevy Cruze & 2011 Chevy Volt At L.A. Auto Show

 This is deja vu all over again. How many times do we have to see these vehicles in pre-launch hype before we actually see them on U.S. streets? Here we go again. GM skipped staging a media conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year apparently because of budget issues - bad decision. Hello, this is one of the biggest car markets in the world - GM ignores it, then comes back bragging about already-seen vehicles, come on.

A lot of media were ticked at the clapping and cheering crowd of GM employees in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Hey, media days at the large auto shows are for media to make objective criticism of new vehicles. Chevy vice president, Brent Dewar, will want to make his mark so he'll have make the most of what he's been dealt - Cruze and Volt are among them. Not his fault that his predecessors decided to have the longest vehicle lead time ever and then skip one of the most important auto shows in one of the biggest car buying markets.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze (pictured on right above) U.S. production version that includes a 1.4-liter turbo engine will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, on Dec. 2 after already launching in Europe and Asia. You'll have to wait until the third quarter of 2010 to see Cruze in a U.S. showroom. "With expected highway fuel economy up to 40 miles per gallon, Cruze will be extremely gas friendly," said Dewar. Let's hope GM gets a little more Southern Cal friendly. GM will be putting on the Fritz, that's Fritz Henderson, CEO of General Motors, keynote speaker December 2nd to kick off Media Days at the L.A. show. Let's see if he has anything new to say.

2011 Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle (picture on left above) is expected to drive up to 40 miles on electricity using a lithium-ion battery. When the Volt is depleted of energy, an engine/generator operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling. Chevrolet will announce plans for initial retail markets where the Volt will be sold.

Where's the Spark? Or has it been shown so many times prior to its 2011 launch, that it's losing its ....