Australia gets its own 2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback design by Holden

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Holden, a subsidiary of Chevrolet in Australia, just revealed its own version of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. At a glance, the Holden Cruze hatchback looks similar to the U.S. version. But at a closer look, you can distinguish that it has a bit of refinement.

Noticeably the front bumper, which has more smooth, rounded corners and less sharp edges. And this smoother and rounded design cue follows to the rear end as well. We also noticed that the Holden Cruze front air vent with its upper part are now filled with a spacer, instead of open in the Chevrolet Cruze.

“In designing the new five-door hatch we wanted to retain the sporty ‘Cruze’ proportions and bring the same Holden appearance to the hatch that we developed for the new locally-built Series II Cruze sedan,” said Holden Design Director, Tony Stolfo.

The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback looks very attractive to beginning with, and it hard for Holden to top it off.  All and all, it looks to similar to tell a difference at a glance.

It is too bad that such attractive car like 2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, America won’t get to see it anytime soon. That is because of previous generation’s popular wisdom has it that Americans don’t like hatchbacks. Times are changing, and we don’t think that popular wisdom do not hold true now. Those baby boomer’s idealogies are slowly fading away, and now we have a new generation of young Americans who expect a versatile sports vehicle like the the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. Mazda knew this all too well when it introduced the Mazda-3 sports hatchback, and it had great success on it. And this goes the same to Subaru and Volkswagen.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed to hope for 2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback in America.