Holden Cruze was not the success GM had hoped it would be…
A turbo engine, remote start, leather trim, satellite navigation these sound like the ingredients for an impressive small car. Well, on the surface the flagship Holden Cruze SRi-V may have been, but on the whole the second generation – the first generation Cruze was made by Suzuki in Japan and was probably very reliable – was developed across many General Motors sites across the world but it was half baked attempt at a compact car which faced talented adversaries such as the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3. Oh dear.
Early models were imported from Korea, but production was soon switched to Elizabeth South Australia. Sadly, that didn’t improve quality or reliability and alongside the Captiva, the Cruze was one of Holden’s most troublesome models.
The Cruze was replaced by the Astra in 2015.