2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ
So, no, we wonâ��t celebrate the Cruze as the Great American Small Automobile. It canâ��t be, having been blended by Daewoo in Korea & by Opel in Italy. We will, however, celebrate it for removing from our lives forever the Pontiac G5 & the entry-level Chevy Cobaltâ��two Ohio-built passenger pigeons that mark a milestone, representing, as we certainly do, the last small cars that an all-Yankee GM squad will ever generate. Is that a bad thing? Probably not. Is that a tragic thing? You bet. Letâ��s all say it out loud: â��America canâ��t engineer small cars.â�� See? That wasnâ��t so hard.
Since the 1970 debut of the mechanically vermin-infested Vega, GMâ��s grim experience building econosedans has no doubt been made unhappier by the media, who, on each debut, ask, â��Is this the Great American Small Automobile?â�� As the Chevette & an onslaught of Cavaliers would demonstrate, the answer is â��no,â�� has always been â��no,â�� & we all know that itâ��s â��no.â�� Yet we keep asking, even when the American small automobile in question is not credibly Americanâ��as in the Toyota-built Nova, the Isuzu- & Suzuki-built Geos, &, eventually, every single Saturn sedan, whose tag line, â��A different kind of automobile company,â�� ought to have been, â��A actual familiar kind of automobile you rented a couple years ago in Europe.â��