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Motorists Rave for GM’s Minicar “Triplets”

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GM executives may be stunned, but it’s no surprise to anyone else that the automaker has scored a big hit with the three minicars it unveiled at the New York Auto Show, last month, the Chevrolet Beat, Groove and Trax. So, will the automaker actually get it right this time and, with fuel prices soaring, give the go to put one or more of the “triplets” into production? Listen to this podcast from TheCarConnection.com:




 
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  1. I do love my Scion xB, and plan to keep it for a long time, but if the Groove makes it to production intact and offers a significant improvement in ride quality, refinement, and fuel economy, you can bet'cher britches I'll be thinking seriously about how well the Scion's been treating me. This is more like what the next-gen xB should be, rather than the needlessly-overpowered, love-handle-equipped 2008 xB. I like my compact cars to focus firmly and primarily on safety, energy economy, and passenger comfort/features first; performance takes a back seat to roomy and comfortable back seats. I sincerely hope they keep the engine displacement at 1.5 liters or under. There's no reason for any larger engine on a car this small. My Scion feels plenty peppy with 103 hp, and there's no reason this shouldn't with a similar output.
     
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  2. I put my vote in for the Beat, but I like both it and the Groove.

    The very sad part about this entire story is that GM (apparently) needs to put forth all of this effort to learn that people might be interested in purchasing a small car. Makes me wonder if this isn't another attempt to grab PR without needing to actually put forth the effort of building a car (like the Volt is seeming more and more to be).

    I understand Matt's (above) sentiment about the cars not needing more power, but I disagree. If they can have more power (relative to weight) than the current Scion xAa & xB I would find that preferable. I'm not looking for a 200 or 300 horsepower car here, but the lack of sufficient power in those models has kept me out of them, and in my '95 Civic Si. The Civic Si has only 125 hp (and weighs only 2300 lbs), but could manage 0-60 times in less than 8 seconds, pass on the open road, and still return mileage very similar to the Scion xB.

    I will be looking for all of those qualities in my next car - mileage and performance. I'd love to have a reason to buy a domestic (U.S) sold vehicle. I'm wondering if GM will actually give me one.
     
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  3. I would surely pay an extra to get a 130hp rather than a 105-110 hp engine in a small car I think that a bigger engine option should be offered. So that rev happy buyer are not bored with the econobox after 6 months.
     
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  4. Merci pour l'compagnie "DaeWoo" !L' marquis voulez (Voulea) dire Merci Beaucamp pour ws compagnies Chinois de PATAC et Shanghai,! for helping GM noveau "Buick"
    Riviera, with help from Asia)Asie a nous langue) GM has a chance to survive longer!.
    Bravo,Bravisimo!,I always was in Opinion drastique that the Yankees are 'Clueless,but entree les Asian,and ...Voilsa'Puff the magic dragon'.!
     
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  5. Eisen Stein! (Iron Stone) warum nicht (why not Eisen Stadt,Iron City,or Eisen Beton Iron Cement,That's my personal choice) Choise de la Roi de Belges, et l'Maequis de Bois de Bologne par Paris.whom extend here formally his wish to invite Monsieur Paul to his honore chateau in the middle od l'Bois to discuss the lessons learned to be decided Socialistique democratique avec l'publique mondiale et l' publique de EUA.You see l'petit Voiture de Daewoo won!.Merci pour Korea Sud!.
    Que prepere reunite avec Corea du Nord!.
     
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  6. Knowing GM and how they drag their feet these small cars of the future will be just that. As toyota keeps making more efficient autoes Gm is standing around wondering what happened. They are just like our Government they just don't catch on. Wake up America the day of the large barge is over, for decades all foreign countries have been driving vehicles like these minis. After the minis will come the electrics, then and only then will we start winning the war on oil...
     
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  7. My father in law retired from GM.

    I got a new Beetle while dating his daughter the week it came out. It was my first new car. I was passionate about it. He asked, when are you going to buy American? I said when they make something I enjoy the look of.

    After the Beetle, I drove two leased Azteks. (I know, but, I loved them & they were way practical. And frankly, I liked the quirkiness.) Then we had out lil guy & got a Vibe & Equinox. The Vibe's lease was up & I wanted a fun lil car. We looked at Aveo but it was too spartan. I liked Scion, Prius, Mini, and Smart but didn't want trouble from my inlaws.

    I bought a 1957 Nash Metropolitan & it's been my every day driver for over half a year now.

    I would love to get a Groove & would gladly pay extra so it's interior looked more like a Pontiac than the Aveo. I don't need a racer. HP is not my concern. I need room for a 3 year old & a hip interior with lil storage areas for shades, garage door oepns, cups & change. I need stellar gas mileage. I doubt I am alone.
    Be like Smart, put up a $99 down payment & I'll order a Groove tomorrow.
     
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  8. Love them all, but, would buy the burnt orange one. Make the interior modern and simple, comfortable and quiet, I will park it in my garage! Good work GM.
     
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  9. They are great concepts but my feeling is this: don't tease me with a car that you KNOW you need to build where Toyota has market share because no one else is in and gas prices will continue to be high. GM is gaining ground in some areas but stop thinking everyone will buy a truck or SUV. Build them and place one as a Chevy, Saturn, and Pontiac.

    Change your way of thinking and have a balanced portfolio in segments where people are buying and don't take 5 years to make a decision to build it and another 4 years to build it. The market has changed again by then.

    Build them and Buick Rivera concept (bring it hear please! I'll put down a deposit) and get ready to make money!
     
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  10. These concepts are as important for GM as the decision to build the 12-cylinder Cadillac halo car.
     
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  11. I think it is laughable that we are opining on these cars. The domestic automakers simply do not have the creativity, intelligence, or character to build great cars like these. Where is the domestic answer to Scion or Yaris? To the new Civic? There isn't one. The executives at our domestic companies are old school geriatric types who were in their prime during the Detroit wonder years of the seventies and eighties which were responsible for our loss of market share to the imports to start with. They are more concerned with their hemorrhoids and varicose veins than they are of being creative and savvy enough to compete with international car companies.

    Don't get me wrong, I drive a Ford Focus and would love to be able to buy more domestic cars. But the fact is, I buy domestic out of patriotism more than product superiority.

    Rest assured, if GM builds one or more of these cars, it will be a watered down, cheaply constructed piece of crap that only has some vague "influences" from the models that were shown to us. This market test is another GM farce.
     
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