I really like everything about this car, except those hideous chrome strips above the tail light. This is a deal breaker for me, to these eyes they are equivalent to the chrome beaked TL. Maybe it will look better with the refresh? I wont even start a "why no manual" debate here, but that would make the car perfect... imo of course
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I agree, however, that the chrome eyebrows ruin an otherwise nice little sedan. It makes the back of the car look an angry Muppet (Burt or Sam the Eagle).
The Verano and Excelle were designed at the same time by the same global team, with the US and Shanghai teams applying changes to suit the local markets at the end. GM was able to get it out in China first because they were able to get a factory spun up to build it. Gotta remember that GM went bankrupt around the time they would've been putting together the plans to get Orion Assembly switched over. The money simply wasn't there to get that going, and the credit markets were in terrible shape so they couldn't just borrow the money. Also, the average wages at that plant pre-bankruptcy were very high. They couldn't have built a car like the Sonic or Verano (which are not high-margin vehicles) and sell it at a profit, without doing what they did -- which is lay off a massive portion of the workforce there, and the negotiate lower wages with the UAW in order to avoid moving production of new cars offshore.
Things are much better now -- Orion Assembly is a profit center for GM now, so strategically GM did things right. It just meant the Verano couldn't be built until MY2012.