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Chevrolet Cruze
Diesel Cruze will get about 50mpg in city

Traditionally, U.S. auto buyer (and manufacturers) have shied away from diesel engines in passenger cars. There are a few diesel cars on the market in the U.S. already, mostly from VW (BMW and Mercedes offer diesels in limited models). Diesel cars are common in Europe and are a viable alternative to gasoline engines and hybrids in many instances. 

A new vehicle is coming to the U.S. with diesel power that will have fuel economy good enough to make hybrids jealous according to Detroit News. The vehicle is the Chevrolet Cruze diesel and it get well over 40 mpg. The move is seen as a way for Chevy to meet the stiffer EPA standards that are looming for its entire fleet.

The diesel-powered Cruze is expected to hit dealer lots in 2013 and it will be built on the same line as its gasoline-powered brethren. Pricing for the diesel Cruze isn't known at this time. Right now, the gas-powered Cruze has a price starting at $16,525.

Interestingly, the Cruze is the bestselling vehicle in America right now with 25,000 units sold in June. That sales number was enough to put it ahead of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Analyst Dave Sullivan with AutoPacific Inc said, "I couldn't think of a better way for GM to capitalize on the momentum that Cruze has created for GM by adding a diesel."

The diesel engine Cruze would most assuredly cost more than the gasoline version due to the higher cost of production. New diesel engines have little in common with the loud and smoky diesels that many people are familiar with from years ago. Likewise, modern diesel cars can be just as refined as their gasoline counterparts.

We first heard news of the Cruze diesel in February.

Updated 7/22/2011 @ 10:00am

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson just confirmed that the diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze will drive in 2013. 

“I drove it the other day. It is great,” Akerson told USA TODAY. “These new diesels are quiet. Should make it in the low- to mid-40s, and that’s with an automatic."

Official Press Release:

Chevrolet confirmed today it will add a diesel variant to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013.  Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. Additional details on the Cruze diesel for North American markets will be released at a later date.

The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is  the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

Cruze recorded a total of 24,896 sales in the United States in June, the fifth consecutive month sales have exceeded 20,000. The success of the Cruze has increased Chevrolet’s total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5 percent a year ago to 11.9 percent for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19 percent. 

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By Motoman on 7/12/2011 1:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
First time in a long time I've heard any news from the US car market that made any sense...

...having said that, anyone know if it requires the pee water? Because that little act of morony is keeping me from buying a new truck...maybe ever.

RE: whee
By Brandon Hill on 7/12/2011 1:53:58 PM , Rating: 2
Just piss in your fuel tank every 5,000 miles... problem solved ;)

RE: whee
By lelias2k on 7/12/2011 2:39:44 PM , Rating: 2
Why would it keep anyone from buying a vehicle? You top off the fluid every time you change your oil. What's the big deal?

RE: whee
By Motoman on 7/13/11, Rating: 0
RE: whee
By jharper12 on 7/23/2011 5:53:47 AM , Rating: 2
1. 66% reduction in NOx emissions

2. In Chevy's system you are first limited in speed to 55 MPH, then another drop, then finally 5 MPH. So you're never left stranded, and if you don't fill up as soon as you are limited to 55 MPH, then you deserve to go 5 MPH.

3. This is the only thing to really be bothered about with DEF systems. This has always been the case with emissions though. You're complaining now, but are you still complaining about the catalytic converter in your cars? Are you just dying to go back to the good old days of smog alerts in every major city every day? Because I'm not. I get it, you are bothered because individually we don't even notice emissions, but collectively they truly do pose a problem. I actually like to go outside. I like to run, bike, play sports, hike and have fun. While I'm not a fan of emission controls, I've definitely noticed they have helped the air quality tremendously in the Atlanta area, where I live.

Try this, stand behind an old school diesel (maybe GM's J-type or Ford's 7.3) while the engine is running and try to have a conversation with someone. Now, do the same thing with a brand new Duramax. You'll barely hear or notice the Duramax, you'll be choking and shouting standing behind the 10 year old engine. That's why.

ps. the fact that you call it "pee water" is hilarious. This stuff really is commercial grade urine... notice I said commercial grade though guys... don't pee in the tank. It will end poorly.

RE: whee
By lagomorpha on 7/31/2011 9:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
"An easy thing to run out of"

If you're a complete moron. Most autoparts stores carry it now by the gallon and sticking an extra gallon in your trunk will keep you going for quite a long time.

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