General Motors has postponed the rollout of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze by a year due to engineering modifications as well as its desire to sell more of the outgoing model, people familiar with the carmaker’s plans told Reuters. GM initially intended to start building the next-generation Cruze in late 2014, but has shifted it to December 2015, according to the sources.
Canadian Auto Workers union leaders at a Cooper Standard Automotive site in Stratford, Ontario, have already disclosed the delay to members. CAW Local 4451 Chairwoman Karen Fleming said in a newsletter issued in April that it was disappointing to learn the Chevy Cruze program “has been pushed back a year and will not start until 2015." GM has said that the next-generation Cruze will be completely redesigned inside and out.
GM said the vehicle will have a larger trunk and roomier passenger compartment as well as better fuel economy. GM posted a 17-percent increase in Cruze sales in the US in the first six months of the year to almost 134,000. The model was also the second-best selling passenger car in the US next to Toyota Camry.
The Cruze was launched in 2009, and will be the oldest GM model by the end of 2013. A supplier source told Retuers that GM wants to make sure the next-generation Cruze "does break through the clutter" better than the new Chevrolet Malibu.