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The Chevy Captiva Was Sold as the GMC Terrain in Other Markets

Here’s something you didn’t know: The vehicle you know as the Chevy Captiva Sport — which was only offered to rental car companies, all of whom accessorize it with bar codes in the window and Nevada license plates — was sold in the Middle East as the GMC Terrain. Yes, the GMC Terrain you know and love, with the squared-off wheel arches, is not the original GMC Terrain. The original GMC Terrain was a rebadged Saturn VueSee the Chevrolet Captiva models for sale near you

Not in America, of course. In America, the Terrain began its life for the 2010 model year, squared-off wheel arches and all. But I was cruising along in Dubai a few weeks ago, and I got up behind this Saturn Vue/Chevy Captiva Sport, and I was shocked to see it had a GMC badge. I was even more shocked to see it has a GMC Terrain badge. In other words, while General Motors was selling the GMC Terrain in the United States alongside the Chevy Captiva Sport, they were selling the Chevy Captiva Sport in the Middle East as the GMC Terrain. Life at General Motors must be very complicated.

Anyway, I found this a little interesting — and if you’re a very geeky car geek, you probably will, too. Interesting, as I alluded to before, is that this wasn’t the only rebadge for this vehicle: It was initially sold as the Saturn Vue, until Saturn went bust and GM decided to roll it back out as a Chevy. It was also sold as the Opel Antara (mainland Europe), the Vauxhall Antara (the U.K. and Ireland), the Holden Captiva 5 (Australia) and my personal favorite: In Korea, it was called the Daewoo Winstorm MaXX. Yes, with the Xs capitalized like that. Yes, "Winstorm," and not "Windstorm." This seems bizarre to me, but I suppose General Motors must know the Korean market’s naming preferences much better than I do.

I’m disappointed, by the way, to report that the Captiva is officially gone from the U.S. market, meaning it’s only left on sale in Latin America, where it’ll soon be replaced by the Chevy Equinox. Goodbye, dearly rebadged GM small SUV. I only just discovered you were called the GMC Terrain in the Middle East, and now you’re already leaving us. Find a Chevrolet Captiva for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I always thought that the GMC Terrain was the GMC version of the Captiva (or Captiva Sport thing) just like every other GMC truck/SUV. However, I never realised that the GCC-Spec GMC Terrain shown in the image  wasn’t sold in the North American market. I like to mention that  it did get replaced by the actual USDM model of the GMC Terrain in the early-mid 2010’s in our Middle Eastern/GCC Market.

  2. Was not a bad CUV when it came out in 2008 as the Saturn. It was part of the turning point for Saturn (albeit short lived) as the official European GM (Opel) outlet for the US, along with the rebadged Saturn Sky/Opel GT and Astra. 

    Instead Buick became the defacto “Opel” outlet for the US. There was some history with that as Buick dealers is where GM sold actual Opel labeled cars in the 70’s. Interesting enough the current Buick Regal was a quick rebadge job as it originally supposed to be the Saturn Aura replacement!
  3. Trax is probably a better car anyway, honestly. Also, I’m shocked they haven’t brought back the Blazer name for any of these small SUVs. I just hate in general that GM feels the need to change their car names seemingly every two generations. Like RCR said, the modern Camry has nothing to do with the original Camry from 1982, but we like that the name still exists. Just like GM should’ve kept, say, the Cavalier name, instead of going Cavalier > Cobalt > Cruze.

    • I mean it could have something to do with the fact that both the Cavalier and Cobalt were white-hot flaming pieces of garbage. The Camry name has a lot of good feelings behind it, whereas the GM product names just invoke a lot of memories of awful cars.

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