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#2383 of 2391 Re: GM Turning the Corner? [editor_karl]
Nov 01, 2005 (3:55 pm)
I dont doubt the Impala is a decent car, I actually like the interior and the exterior is OK. I dont see how the HHR is any worse though, considering the price point. I think it's pretty clear that the HHR wasnt meant to be a rocket and I think it's 0-60 times are close to that of the Element and Scion xb as well as 4 cylinder SUVs like the RAV4. The handling is probably a little ponderous when compared to a nimble econo car, but again it's competitive with other small boxy vehicles. I dont think you're going to find an Element at Laguna Seca anytime soon and the same is true of the HHRm at least until an SS version debuts. The HHR is about style and practicality, not winning races. At least that is the way I see it. Same with the cobalt base model. When you are talking about lack of handling I assume you are talking about the base model, but the base model is more or less designed to be a Chevy version of the corolla. The SS is sportier and the SS s/c is definitely in the upper eschelon of small sporty cars based on the numbers I've seen. A $22K car that pulls .9gs and does 0-60 in 6secs flat is pretty impressive, especially when it has in interior far better than the Neon SRT-4. Aside from the new civic/mazda 3 I dont see any other small cars that are superior when you consider their entire model lineups.
The Z06 posted some impressive numbers in the latest C&D issue. Right on top of the Ford GT they tested last year.
If Edmunds does a sedan test similar to what MT and C&D did this month PLEASE include the Altima and G6 and leave out the camry. It is pointless to put a lame duck Camry in a comparo, as those two mags did, and then leave out a class leader like the Altima V6. They knew the Camry was doomed to last place when they started. I was glad that both mags noted some of my observations about the Fusion's lackluster interior. Prior to this eveyone was giving the Fusion a free pass in terms of material quality and fit/finish.
#2384 of 2391 Karl's Blog
Nov 01, 2005 (4:10 pm)
Now that Karl has his Blog up and running we will be making this discussion read-only. Karl is already talking about GM rounding the corner and other great issues.
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