Finally somebody else is also saying it. The Chevy Beat is too small for the US market.
A couple of the more pompously virulent blogs recently gave GM execs a thorough kicking for not certifying the 2011 Chevy Beat for the U.S. market. They suggested not making the baby Chevy suitable for sale here was a blunder of monumental proportions; precisely the sort of short-sighted, dumb-assed thinking that got GM in so much trouble in the first place.
What Chevy really needs is the Cruze to be good and get 40mpg and an Aveo replacement that is modern and gets 45mpg. Not a Beat which does not get significantly better mpg than a Aveo/Fit sized vehicle, is not significantly cheaper but is much smaller and less practical/safe.And the new Beat sure is small. Word on the grapevine is the Beat could be as much as 15in shorter as the new Honda Fit and the forthcoming Ford Fiesta. Engines will be 1.0 and 1.2-liter, against the 1.5- and 1.6-liter units that will be standard in the Fit and Fiesta. In a country that already views the Fit and Fiesta as sub-compacts, this thing's little more than a mobile speed bump.