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GM Hopes Lighter, Smaller Acadia Will Spark Larger Sales


Right now the successful automaker is the one that can best satisfy the seemingly insatiable appetite of U.S. consumers for SUVs and crossovers.

With the debut of its smaller GMC Acadia, General Motors (GM - Get Report) has taken another significant step in broadening and renewing its crossover portfolio. Built on a lighter, narrower and shorter architecture than its predecessor, the new Acadia is aimed at a premium customer that appreciates fancier materials and more sophisticated styling.

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By reducing Acadia to midsize from full size, GM's Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave remain the only two full-size crossovers built on non-truck -- unibody -- architectures. The new Cadillac XT5 crossover is based on the same architecture as Acadia.

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