General Motors Lied About All US-Sold Chevrolet Cruze Sedans Becoming Produced in America

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

Update: Added dealer info, sales background.

Contrary to a statement released two days ago by General Motors, it appears not all Cruze sedans sold in the United States are created in the United States.

According to TTAC alum Ed Niedermeyer, a number of 2017 Chevrolet Cruzes — even these for sale at a dealer in Lordstown, Ohio, where GM manufactures the Cruze in the United States — are Hecho en Mexico.

On Tuesday, in response to a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump criticizing Basic Motors importing Cruzes from Mexico, GM stated:

Common Motors manufactures the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are constructed in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for international markets in Mexico, with a tiny quantity sold in the U.S.

However, right after hunting at VIN numbers for a number of Cruze sedans listed on the internet at dealers throughout the United States, Niedermeyer saw a lot of VINs beginning with the quantity “3.”

All Mexican-created cars have VIN numbers that commence with 3A through 37.

We sent out our personal Bozi Tatarevic to pay a visit to his regional Chevrolet retailer, which lists at least two units with VINs beginning with 3G, to confirm if the VINs listed on-line were appropriate.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

This 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LS Automatic is situated at Flow GM Auto Center in Winston-Salem, NC, and its VIN and Monroney sticker clearly indicate it was assembled in Mexico.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Monroney, Made in Mexico, Image: © Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Cars

Bark M. was also able to locate 41 Mexican-constructed Chevrolet Cruzes at a single Autonation retailer in Miami.

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Made in Mexico Chevrolet Cruze at Autonation in Miami, Image: © 2017 Bark M./The Truth About Cars

Common Motors clarifies statement

According to Nick Bunkley, reporter for Automotive News, on Twitter, Common Motors said it imported Cruzes from Mexico for about three months in 2016 throughout its launch.

Even though, as Nick states, he understood the statement to imply GM imported no Cruze sedans from Mexico, as we did right here at TTAC.

Not driven by demand

Mexican-built Chevrolet Cruze imports aren’t even a matter of higher domestic demand for the second-generation sedan. GM has roughly 80,000 Cruzes in inventory going into December, representing about 4-months supply for the compact. The Cruze accounted for only six % of GM’s U.S. volume in 2016.

“Prior to the false statements General Motors created in response to Trump’s Cruze/Mexico tweets, 2016 was a particularly poor year for GM’s compact car,” stated TTAC’s sales guru Timothy Cain.

“While U.S. sales of passenger automobiles slid 9 %, Cruze volume plunged 17 %, a loss of practically 38,000 sales for GM’s fifth-highest-volume product. Provided the freshness of the Cruze’s total redesign, this sharp downturn wasn’t merely explained by the sector’s decline. GM did, however, de-emphasize sales to everyday rental companies through significantly of 2016, a factor that contributed to the lower.”

Basic Motors did not respond when contacted.

[Photos: © 2017 Bozi Tatarevic/The Truth About Automobiles]

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The Honda CR-Z is Now Dead Across North America

2016 Honda CR-Z, Image: Honda

So, Honda’s two-seater hybrid sports vehicle is officially belly-up in North America. There will not be a nicely-attended service or procession, just a solemn trickle of old models off of dealer lots.

Following TTAC confirmed that the CR-Z was done in Canada, and soon after a ‘Final Label’ edition bowed in Japan, word comes that the model has shuffled off into history everywhere else. Honda representatives confirmed to Auto and Driver that the automaker has pulled the plug on the CR-Z in North America.

Sales of the CR-Z rivaled continental drift for momentum, so it is no surprise the firm desires to turn its interest to two “volume models,” which is how the Honda reps referred to the 2017 Accord Hybrid and EV/plug-in/fuel cell Clarity lineup.

The CR-Z didn’t excel as a sports vehicle or a hybrid. For far less money, a utilised Chevrolet Cruze Eco beats it by 4 miles per gallon on the highway, and a sporty Civic can at least carry more than a single passenger. The model didn’t just fail to capture its niche — it killed it altogether.

With production discontinued (or slated to finish soon — either way, 2016 will be the last year), the flow of new models onto dealer lots will soon end. Neglect a funeral, celebrations may possibly spontaneously break out. Soon after the tap turns off, salespeople can begin getting rid of the enormous backlog of CR-Zs currently clogging inventories. Who knows, they may possibly truly mark them down.

[Image: Honda]

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Volkswagen Hands North America the Automobile Keys, Extends its Curfew

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

More autonomy is coming to North American Volkswagen operations, thanks in portion to dealer protests calling for exactly that.

Today, Volkswagen established a new North American Area (NAR) encompassing Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, headed by no-longer-interim Volkswagen Group of America president and CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken (who replaced departing CEO Michael Horn in March).

The move permits North America more flexibility as to the volume of particular models and where they are sold. The automaker’s U.S. dealer network began revolting against their head workplace last month, accusing best brass of ignoring their pleas for item reassurances in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.

Brand chief Herbert Diess failed to fully placate dealers at a meet-up earlier this month, especially these looking for reparations, but did commit to boosting production of popular models to stimulate U.S. sales.

By setting up the NAR, Volkswagen lessens the need for choices to come from across the Atlantic, and allows North American dealers and regional officials to feel far more in charge of their own destiny. All regional activities will be aligned through the NAR, such as solution development, procurement and production.

“The establishment of the North American Area provides the U.S., Mexico and Canada a lot more freedom and far more duty than ever just before,” Diess said in a statement.

The NAR will operate with a board structure, with Woebcken at the helm.

“With the new structure of the North American Area we will be empowered to make the choices to bring the cars that the buyers in the market are demanding,” stated Woebcken, adding that when a region calls for a lot more powerful-selling solution, they’ll get it.

Back at property, Diess is still facing opposition from organized labor over a expense-saving efficiency strategy and ongoing rumors of layoffs.

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Brighten Your Wednesday With a Glimpse of Glorious K-Car America

K-car Superstar

Hump Day can be a drag, but practically nothing puts a smile on the faces of challenging-working Americans like value-laden Chrysler Corporation compacts and telling OPEC to go screw themselves.

Whilst diving deep into the YouTube wormhole the other day, a promotional music video for the 1981 Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries twins reared its patriotic head.

It requirements to be shared.

“K Auto Superstar” is the song you need to really feel good about life once more. Three-and-a-half minutes extended, it’s a halcyon portrayal of the Lee Iacocca and Ronald Reagan era, featuring upbeat and cautiously coiffed Americans heading out to make the ideal buy of their lives.

It’s morning in America, see, and the K Cars are here. And not just the K Cars — the future is right here, also.

Little Bobby waves to the driver of the (Common Motors) huge rig that is shipping the gleaming Ks to Anytown, U.S.A., whilst Linda and Jim (these names are guesswork) sip Sanka although reading the front-web page news of the vehicle’s arrival.

One lady, who we’ll get in touch with Carol, even requires public transit (for the last time) to get to the dealership!

The floundering Chrysler Corp. hadn’t make its K Automobile jackpot but, so it is understandable that some of the pop-nation song’s lines do not look to rhyme. You gotta buy what you can afford, which was essentially the pitch for the K Vehicle itself. The video does make up for the horrible lyrics with exceptional hair, each on men and girls. It’s strange how curly/wavy hair is totally gone from the more than-30 male crowd these days.

The message of “K Auto Superstar” is this: if you can deal with having excellent private grooming habits and a good outlook on life, you could be Dodge (Aries) material.

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The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon is Coming to North America*

C 250 diamantsilber cranberryrot/schwarz AMG

* But not the U.S. — at least, not yet.

Add the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon to the list of vehicles offered in Canada and not the United States. Mercedes-Benz Canada announced Thursday it would begin selling the extended-roof version of the C-Class this year. To add insult to injury, it will be a diesel with all-wheel drive — and that’s it.

Mercedes did not disclose what shades of brown will be offered.

The preceding-generation C-Class wagon was not obtainable in Canada or the United States.

Mercedes Benz C-Klasse T-Modell Fahrvorstellung, Frankfurt/Deid

When the C-Class Wagon goes on sale later this year, it will be powered by a two.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine creating 200 horsepower and 369 lbs-ft of torque sending energy to all 4 wheels by means of the automaker’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive program. Although not detailed, the C-Class Wagon will probably acquire the very same seven-speed automatic as the E 250 BlueTec.

MSRP and exact on-sale date had been not disclosed.

So, who’s going to be going to The Wonderful White North this year?

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Honda Will not Sell Tiny S660 in America, Simply because of Course Not


Honda will not import its tiny S660 convertible to the United States due to the fact we are a nation of giant people who drive giant cars, Automotive News is reporting.

John Mendel, executive vice president for Honda, mentioned three weeks ago that the S660 could bring some “spice” to the American Honda lineup, but apparently he looked at a nearby parking lot and changed his thoughts.

“When the practicalities of the industry come in, and the vehicle only so big, that may not be the greatest auto for the U.S. market,” Mendel told Automotive News. “It might be greater for India or China or someplace else.”

Mendel stated the “baby NSX” rendering that came out was a “design study” from their R&ampD labs in California, but stopped quick of saying something additional about that auto.

According to the report, the long-awaited Civic Type R must arrive in North America next year, which indicates we will not have to make do with the Civic Si and thrilling redesigned CR-Z as the quickest Hondas money can buy considerably longer.

Honda is expected to reveal its subsequent-generation Civic at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

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