View Thread: Chevrolet Forester ??


Cordoba
I couldn't believe it when I saw this!! GM has just released the Subaru Forester as the, Chevrolet Forester!! But you wont find one sitting at you're local Chevrolet dealership in the States. Instead you'll be able to pick one up from you're Chevrolet dealership in, wait for it.......................India!!!!! I wonder how the guy's at Subaru feel about this??

Cordoba
Now, this is one to go in the "what the" file!!

kak
what the hell?

Cordoba
Tell me about it!! It's just not right!!

kak
I don't think this sort of rebadging is very smart....

Cordoba
Hey, you know what else is scary?? Subaru in Japan sell's a rebadged version of the Opel/Vaxuhall/Holden Zafira MPV as the Subaru Traviq MPV!! It also comes in AWD over there as well!! How cheeky is that??

kak
Scary! :surprised

Cordoba
If it look's familiar, that's because it does!! It's an Opel/Vauxhall/Holden Zafira MPV!!

Cordoba
But what I don't get, is that has Euro number plates, when it's only sold in Japan!!

silverTA2002
Why would the guys at Subaru care, GM owns 20%.

Cordoba
The guy's at Subaru probably don't care that much, as it's only being sold in India, which is a developing market. But I don't think they would be too happy if GM wanted to do the same thing in the US!! Plus, I don't think there would be too many Subaru owner's that would be very impressed either!! Could you imagine the uproar if Chyrsler released a rebadged version of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class??

scubie02
Yeah! Or what if Chrysler came out with a Chrysler version of the slk!? Er...

Saab is supposedly coming out w/ what is basically a saab version of the wrx I believe.

scubie02
I know that in some parts of asia the japanese still aren't very popular because of WWII. Perhaps this is true in India, and they feel an american badged car would sell better than a japanese one? There must be some reason for it.

Cordoba
Yeah, I heard that about Saab doing a version of the Subaru WRX. Should be interesting??

scubie02
I think so. I've liked the looks of many saab's for years, but they have had some reliability issues and some other issues that might be addressed in a saab/subaru hybrid.

Cordoba
Originally posted by scubie02
Yeah! Or what if Chrysler came out with a Chrysler version of the slk!? Er...

Saab is supposedly coming out w/ what is basically a saab version of the wrx I believe.

Ha! Well, at least the Crossfire doesn't look anything like an SLK!! This whole Chevrolet/Subaru Forester thing, is just a complete badge swap!! Nothing else has been done to the car!!

Cordoba
Hey, I've also heard that there could be a Saab version of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV!! Could this be going too far for Saab?? I know it's a great idea for Saab to get into the SUV business, but how about offering something different, rather than rebadge a vehicle that's already on sale.

silverTA2002
Originally posted by Cordoba
The guy's at Subaru probably don't care that much, as it's only being sold in India, which is a developing market. But I don't think they would be too happy if GM wanted to do the same thing in the US!! Plus, I don't think there would be too many Subaru owner's that would be very impressed either!! Could you imagine the uproar if Chyrsler released a rebadged version of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class??



Yeah, I heard that about Saab doing a version of the Subaru WRX. Should be interesting??

Well, Subaru is definitely not the same thing as Mercedes. I don't think Subarus are any nicer than GMs.

Plus, the Saab version of the WRX will no doubt be much nicer than the WRX (leather, nice interior, and I'm sure a higher price to boot).

Cordoba
Maybe?? I must say though, I would definitely pick a Subaru over most GM cars, North American ones anyway. But I guess it just comes down to personal taste.

silverTA2002
Does that have to do more with AWD and style (personal preference), or with how nice the cars actually are?

Subies have the AWD advantage, but I don't think that they're necessarily "nicer" cars than most GMs. Interiors are about the same IMO, and overall quality and reliability seem to be about on par.

Cordoba
AWD, style and reliability are the reason's why I would pick a Subie over a GM product, but I'm not sure about quality?? I would have thought that Subaru's would have had a higher standard of quality. Plus, over here Subaru's are marketed as a higher class of vehicle than GM vehicles, so that's probably why I have this impression. For example, Honda and Toyota. Over here Honda's are marketed a class above Toyota's, but where you guy's are, they compete in the same class.

silverTA2002
Hmmm.... interesting.

Subies definitely aren't marketed as a "higher class" than GMs over here. All the Subies are in the 18-25k range.

Just as a comparison, the Pontiac GTO (your Monaro), will be sold for about $32-35k. That's more expensive than any of the Subies here, even the STI.

Cordoba
Over here the Monaro will set you back AUD$58,000, which is only $2,000 dollars more, than Subies STI. Subies STI and B4 Liberty (Legacy), are the most expensive Subies you can buy over here at AUD$56,000. The cheapest Subie you can buy over here, is the Impreza RX sedan and wagon, at AUD$25,000.

2200SLS
remember TOyota tried to sell a Cavalier.

Cordoba
You really have to wonder what goes through car manufactures heads sometimes don't you??!! I couldn't imagine it was a very profitable thing to do?? I mean, why build it in Right Hand Drive, if it was only going to be sold in one RHD market, Japan and not other's like the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and SE Asia??..... Oh, I know why!!......Because we all knew better!!

mustangdriver
Eeek, I can't imagine why Toyota would ever want to consider adding that to their lineup!? hehehe