While GMC was hardly noticed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, we have been monitoring the brand for the latest news concerning unique future products, and unfortunately, today the news is grim. According to recent reports, the quirky Granite hatchback project has been shelved, just as Buick reveals the tiny Encore.
GM’s product development brass didn’t give any specifics, but could the reason behind the Granite’s cancellation surround the fact that GMC and Buick tend to share the same showroom, and that there would be too much product overlap? That very well could be the case. But considering the healthy co-existence of the current generation Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers, it could just as well not be the case. Instead, GM probably thought that the Granite, which was slated for a 2013 launch, simply didn’t fit the GMC mold — a bummer, especially if you like boxy hatches, or just want to see something (anything) fresh from Big Red.