General Motors has reportedly pushed pack the launch of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze by 12 months as a result of engineering changes.

According to a report from Reuters, sources with knowledge of the US car maker’s plans say the second-generation Cruze, originally planned to launch globally in late 2014, will now start production in December 2015.

The news agency says officials from the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW), who represent staff at a Cooper-Standard Automotive plant that produces rubber and metal seals and trim parts, said “engineering changes” were the cause of the production delay. This was secondarily supported by another supplier source.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS

CAW broke the news to its members via a newsletter, saying, “It was disappointing to hear that the Chevy Cruze program has been pushed back a year and will not start until 2015″.

Spied cold-weather testing in February, the next-gen Holden Cruze is due to start local production in 2016, one year after the model’s previously scheduled 2015 debut.

Holden spokeswoman Andrea Matthews declined to comment on any potential impact on local production of the next-generation Holden Cruze.

“We’re aware of the story… but beyond that we don’t talk about future products or timings and we don’t respond to speculation about product programs,” Mathews said.

“We’ve obviously got development plans underway for future products but we don’t talk about the timelines or specific product programs.”

When asked if the project was progressing as planned, Mathews said, “Yes.”

Holden Cruze

To be built on an all-new Dx22 platform and promising a bigger boot, more interior space and improved fuel economy, the next Holden Cruze has already been confirmed to be part of the local arm’s strategy to build ‘global’ next-generation cars until at least 2022.

In the US, the Chevrolet Cruze will continue to be built in Ohio, where the current model (pictured) has been produced since September 2010.

According to the report, by the end of 2013 the Cruze, which was updated locally in March, will be GM’s oldest model.

  • LowRezFez

    I hope the next gen car is better and has improved styling.

  • davie

    I notice that the cruze has already had several worthwhile upgrades such as small capacity turbo engine, infotainment system and hatchback/wagon models coming on line.

    Its going to need several more to still be relevant in 2016. 3 years is a long time for other models such as the new Mazda3, New corolla, new VW golf, i30 to take market share.

    • BP

      Styling changes will come in next year as well more running changes to the engines etc. which should be enough to keep it going for a bit more.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Do you think they delayed it to benchmark Golf VII? In which case the Astra would be an A3 rival. Or maybe it has something to do with the PSA tie-up?

    • $29896495

      The prototypes looked pretty advanced. Maybe they thought it looked to good and want to make it more like the Malibu. But in theory, it shouldn’t effect Australia if they actually source parts here.

    • Sydlocal

      That PSA tie-up is interesting. I wonder what the go will be with the Ford/PSA relationship considering Ford has used PSA engines for many years.

    • Karl Sass

      If I had to guess I think they’re revising the weight target down. The Cruze is already heavier than most in it’s class and manufacturers have been jousting to cut weight, which will have progressed substantially by 2016. The problem Holden ran into with the weight reduction program was they could only lighten things attached to the body, where the Cruze program is at a point where the basic architecture can still be changed IMO.

      • F1orce

        Why is the Cruze so heavy? Probably too much sound deadening?

      • $29896495

        Relevant point from the story, it’s bigger. Prototypes look to be a fair way along. Again from the story, they are talking about seals, so would suggest they have a weather proofing problem. This is coming after testing in Northern snow.

        • Karl Sass

          Yes that’s a good point, the Cruze is a bit bigger. The Cruze has one of the bigger towing capacities in it’s class. It’s possible, although changing weather seals wouldn’t take a year IMO.

          • $29896495

            With the Cruze growing in size again taking it up a commodore it could be that testing has found the engines can’t cut the mustard. That has to be a strong possibility.

          • Karl Sass

            It’s more the weight that will trouble the engine than the size, depends if the new one is heavier. This thing barely fits into the ‘small’ class as it is, making it bigger is not the right move for Holden’s model range, especially if the next Commodore is smaller than the current one.

          • $29896495

            It’s a;ready been made bigger. GM make chunky cars so it’s size is weight. So I would think the current small engines will struggle. Maybe this is the next Commodore and something else will fill the Cruze spot – like the Barina.