The Chevrolet Cruze, a global project by General Motors under the direction of Tevan Kim, replaced the Chevrolet Lacetti. The car is based on the new Delta II global platform, on which the Opel Astra J is built. First introduced in 2008 for the South Korean market as the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere, it replaced the car of the same name sold since 2003. The previous generation of the Lacetti was sold in markets in Asia, Europe and Oceania. GM replaced the previous generation with the new Cruze during 2009. The Australian version has been on sale as the Holden Cruze since the second quarter of 2009. The American Chevrolet Cobalt has been replaced since August 2010, and at the end of the year the Chevrolet Cruze firmly holds first place in the U.S. market among compact models.