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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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RE: Wow!!
By dubldwn on 7/12/2011 2:14:40 PM , Rating: 2
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51mpg city, is that right?

Doubt it. Really doubt it. I'll keep an open mind, but I'll believe it when I see it.


RE: Wow!!
By quiksilvr on 7/12/2011 2:19:38 PM , Rating: 1
Don't doubt it for a second. Diesel engines are way WAY more powerful than petrol, meaning you don't need a honking huge engine to run it.


RE: Wow!!
By Mr772 on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: Wow!!
By tviceman on 7/12/2011 2:38:02 PM , Rating: 3
I've got a Cruze 1.4L turbo right now, and on several fill ups the on-board computer is telling me I'm averaging 35mpg through a full tank of gas. I don't have the eco version either so think it's quite plausible they can hit 50mpg.


RE: Wow!!
By indigosfbmw on 7/12/2011 2:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
I average 33.8 mpg in a BMW 335d 6-cylinder diesel that makes 265hp and weighs 3800lbs. It actually attained 40 mpg on one all interstate trip. But it does seem like they may have reversed those numbers.


RE: Wow!!
By Spuke on 7/13/2011 12:21:56 AM , Rating: 2
Read that it's 50 highway and that's Chevy's target mpg.


RE: Wow!!
By bigdawg1988 on 7/22/2011 12:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares? If that sucker gets 51 mpg highway, I'M BUYING!! 2013 models ought to come out next year, just about when I'm ready to buy. Hoping it has a manual tranny, I miss my stick. Boy, GM is making that bailout thing look pretty smart. Did the government actually get something right?


RE: Wow!!
By bigdawg1988 on 7/22/2011 12:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
Oops, guess it won't hit the showrooms until 2013. Darn, not sure my old Camry will last that long....


RE: Wow!!
By Richard875yh5 on 7/23/2011 11:02:10 AM , Rating: 1
It's not the government who got things right, it's GM. Had the economy not gone bad, GM would still be putting out the great products they are now putting out. These vehicles were planned before the bankruptcy. Give credit to GM!

By the way, I own a Cruze and it is a great car.


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