The Granite has movement!

Looks like GM will build the Granite after all and we cheer that decision if it’s true. The Granite was a big hit at the 2011 NAIAS but it has taken a year now to get any word that GM will move forward with this sporty and fun vehicle that could bring a whole bunch of younger customers into GM showrooms. We like it!

From AutoBlog.com:

Many moons ago, Motor Trend reported that the funky GMC Granite concept from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show had been given the go for production. Immediately after, however, MT stated that while it strongly believed that the Granite would be produced, the publication had yet to receive an official green light from its sources within General Motors. That changes today, apparently.

Motor Trend is reporting yet again that the Granite has been confirmed for production, even going so far to say that the road-going car will keep the rear-hinged suicide door setup of the concept. This new confirmation reportedly comes from a “well-placed source” within the automaker, who also says that the Granite will be built on the same C-segment platform as the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Buick Verano.

When GM debuted the Granite concept, it used the same 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four as the Cruze, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This powerplant would certainly make sense for the production car, though MT suggests that even the automaker’s 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four from the Verano would be a good fit. Regardless, we’ll wait until GM issues an official statement before we start gearing up for the first drive.

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GMC grows brand with Granite

The Granite is exactly the direction I feel GMC needs to go when addressing growing the GMC brand. Bring in younger and value conscious buyers with new vehicles like the Granite and you may keep them around for awhile. First glance this vehicle reminds of the Bronco concept Ford displayed a few years back. Hopefully GMC will build this one soon!

From the Detroit News:

For years, GMC was a purveyor of big work-like trucks and plush SUVs. But where do you fit in a shifting marketplace demanding smaller, more practical, fuel-efficient transportation choices?

If you’re General Motors Co.’s venerable all-truck brand, you rethink and shrink the lineup.

GM today will take the wraps off the Granite — a compact urban utility concept that is the smallest GMC ever and nearly 2 feet shorter than the new Terrain compact crossover.

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