Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

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    Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    I did vote Cruze. I'm not sure I would have ever considered Camaro an entry level performance car, definitely not now though. If GM is going to develop something along those lines, the Cruze is a good sized fit.

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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    A Sonic hatch with lots of performance accessories could be affordable fun for the boy racer crowd. Affordability is a key component here that an above LTZ Cruze may not fit the bill, especially when you start with the after purchase accessories.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    sonic...

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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    I voted for the Cruze. I'd like to see a Cruze SS even if its a sedan. I've seen some photo shopped stuff that looks really good and with Chevy's history with the Cobalt SS it makes sense.

    The Sonic should get a sport model but perhaps not an all out SS. We don't want the SS badge on everything.

    The Camaro is performance by default. Not sure why you included it there. But while we're on that note. I'd like to see a "track package" for the V6. Maybe not the new FE4 suspension, but why not the FE3 from the regular SS? Add better brakes and maybe tune the engine up a little for good measure. Price it just under the SS like the Genesis R-Spec.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Impalibu View Post
    I voted for the Cruze. I'd like to see a Cruze SS even if its a sedan. I've seen some photo shopped stuff that looks really good and with Chevy's history with the Cobalt SS it makes sense.

    The Sonic should get a sport model but perhaps not an all out SS. We don't want the SS badge on everything.

    The Camaro is performance by default. Not sure why you included it there. But while we're on that note. I'd like to see a "track package" for the V6. Maybe not the new FE4 suspension, but why not the FE3 from the regular SS? Add better brakes and maybe tune the engine up a little for good measure. Price it just under the SS like the Genesis R-Spec.
    Well currently, the Camaro IS the entry level performance entry by default, since GM offers nothing below it.

    By entry level performance, in my mind, I'm thinking about $20G's and youth oriented. The Sonic fits that bill better than Cruze. For the Camaro though, that ship has probably sailed for good.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    Well currently, the Camaro IS the entry level performance entry by default, since GM offers nothing below it.

    By entry level performance, in my mind, I'm thinking about $20G's and youth oriented. The Sonic fits that bill better than Cruze. For the Camaro though, that ship has probably sailed for good.
    I'm thinking they could sell a Cruze SS for around 20K. They could have two trims, 1SS and 2SS. The 1SS could be a more stripped down performance car with the features of say the 1LT but with the performance goodies. The 2SS could be more like the LTZ or 2LT with performance goodies. Even if the 1SS was 21-22K would still be under the Camaro.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Impalibu View Post
    I'm thinking they could sell a Cruze SS for around 20K. They could have two trims, 1SS and 2SS. The 1SS could be a more stripped down performance car with the features of say the 1LT but with the performance goodies. The 2SS could be more like the LTZ or 2LT with performance goodies. Even if the 1SS was 21-22K would still be under the Camaro.

    Okay, give me some specifics of those "performance goodies". Engine, trans, wheels, etc.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Why not all of the above?

    Reportedly the Sonic will not be equipped with the turbo version of the 1.4, so there is a natural upgrade path to the 1.4T, 1.6T or 2.0T. Likewise for the Cruze, which could offer the 1.6T and 2.0T as upgrades.

    And I would suggest that Buick could desperately use the Astra 3 and 5 door coupes to complement the Verano sedan.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Cruze, start with the 260 HP (290 with stage) 2.0, add the 6 speed manual and that's a good start.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    Okay, give me some specifics of those "performance goodies". Engine, trans, wheels, etc.
    Woops! Never mind. I just checked on the price of the Cobalt SS. Its waaaaay more than the other trim levels.

    I was thinking of the Impala SS, which was actually very close to the price of the LTZ Impala.

    Maybe a Sonic SS would be better.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

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    Why not all of the above?

    Reportedly the Sonic will not be equipped with the turbo version of the 1.4, so there is a natural upgrade path to the 1.4T, 1.6T or 2.0T. Likewise for the Cruze, which could offer the 1.6T and 2.0T as upgrades.

    And I would suggest that Buick could desperately use the Astra 3 and 5 door coupes to complement the Verano sedan.
    I'm all for all of the above too. But only one can sit on the lowest rung, price-wise.
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    I say pick the Corsa OPC clean of all it's mechanicals and doo-dads, and transfer them all to the Sonic.





    Sonic Z24?

    Who can do a photoshop?
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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    I'm all for all of the above too. But only one can sit on the lowest rung, price-wise.
    Oh now he gets technical.

    Forget the Corsa - it's about to shift platforms and get a redesign.

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    Re: Which car should Chevy focus on for entry level performance?

    Cruze.

    I'd give the Sonic a sport model though. But not an SS.
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