Chevrolet YGM1 Concept

Announced as the Chevrolet YGM1 concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999, the original Cruze was derived from the subcompact Suzuki Ignis five-door hatchback (known as the Suzuki Swift in Japan). Despite the Chevrolet branding, the YGM1, like the production car, was the work of GM's Australian arm, Holden. Along with the styling, Holden executed most of the engineering work and were responsible for devising the "Cruze" nameplate.

Manufactured by Suzuki in Japan, GM revealed the production Chevrolet Cruze in October 2001, with Japanese sales commencing the following month. The Cruze was also sold in Australasia from 2002 through to 2006 as the Holden Cruze. As opposed to the Suzuki that was marketed as a conventional passenger model, Chevrolet pursued a marketing strategy that positioned the higher-riding Cruze as a light-duty sport utility vehicle (SUV). The production model had standard front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. From 2003, Suzuki of Europe began manufacturing the Cruze as the Suzuki Ignis—representing a facelift of the original Ignis.

Source: Wikipedia, 2013

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