Chevy, Buick squeeze in more compact crossovers as cars are dropped


General Motors will try to offset lost sales from its shrinking U.S. car lineup by adding small crossovers with familiar names for Buick and Chevrolet.

By early next year, GM will resurrect the Chevy Trailblazer and introduce a larger variant of the Buick Encore. Other than their names, though, dealers and consumers should not expect the vehicles to have much in common with their predecessors.

The compact crossovers will share a platform and be imported from South Korea. The vehicles, which GM confirmed last week, will slot between the brands’ subcompact models and larger compact crossovers. Chevy and Buick are among a number of brands trying to increase market share by slicing the popular small-crossover segments even more narrowly.

Chevy and Buick are expected to lose at least two cars apiece by the 2020 model year. GM ended production of the Buick LaCrosse, Chevy Cruze and Chevy Volt sedans this year; and production of the Buick Cascada convertible is to end this summer, followed potentially by the demise of the Chevy Impala by January.

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