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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: WTB: TD model
By AEvangel on 7/12/2011 2:17:15 PM , Rating: 3
After the bail out I just can't imagine every buying a Chevy...I would rather stick with Ford or something foreign.

RE: WTB: TD model
By Samus on 7/12/2011 3:06:33 PM , Rating: 3
Bailing out GM wasn't nearly as big of a mistake as bailing out Chrysler. I don't see many people buying Fiat 500's for $15,000-$22,000. It's just about the same size as a Smart Fourtwo, which hasn't ever met its US sales targets, and is being axed. GM actually has a future. The only reason they got into trouble is because they didn't transition to small cars as fast as Ford did with the Focus, which was one of the best selling cars in North America for years when it came out. All GM had was the awful Cavalier, later replaced with the overpriced, low-quality Cobalt. The Cruze is a great design, well priced, and should be above average reliability since its technology is based on the Holden Astra, which has been around for years and is quite reliable.

In regards to diesel, assuming this Cruze won't be turbo diesel is admiting ignorance of modern diesel technology. Practically all diesels are turbo, otherwise you need more displacement to achieve respectable horsepower. Looking at the given information of ~50mpg, it's obviously turbocharged, intercooled, common-rail direct-injected, possibly aluminum or just small displacement, smaller than the 1.9l VW uses in the Golf/Jetta TDI.

It's safe to say they're simply dropping in an updated Vauxhall/Opel/Holden 1.7l turbo diesel that's been in production for a decade. The engine produces 123hp, 207ft/lb, and in the Astra gets 62.8mpg on the Euro cycle, which falls right in line with the estimated 51mpg EPA estimate GM is touting.

RE: WTB: TD model
By superstition on 7/24/2011 3:02:51 AM , Rating: 2
The Fiat needs premium fuel, which is going to be a hard sell. Despite the premium price for diesel fuel, at least it gets better MPG.

RE: WTB: TD model
By kmmatney on 7/12/2011 3:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
I felt the same way - but I travel a lot and get to rent a lot of new cars. I have to say, the new Chevy's are nice cards. I had a Chevy Cruze for all of last week, and it's a great car for the money. Overall, I've had a better overall experience with new Chevy's versus new Fords. The Chevy Traverse is also a very good ride.

Also, GM paid off their bailout money early, and with interest, so they are now doing something right.

RE: WTB: TD model
By kmmatney on 7/12/2011 3:21:26 PM , Rating: 3
Woops - looks like GM hasn't paid off the bailout yet...

RE: WTB: TD model
By danjw1 on 7/12/2011 8:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not only that, but the current CEO of GM just recently said that even though the american tax payers have lost money on the stock we have already sold, that we should dump the rest while the price is still underwater. And he still insists it was a good investment.

RE: WTB: TD model
By fic2 on 7/12/2011 8:52:02 PM , Rating: 2
I think they borrowed money from another part of the U.S. gov't so they could say they "paid" off their TARP loans. Like paying your AMEX with your Visa and saying that you have paid off everything. Basically they are now running their accounting like the U.S. Gov't is...

RE: WTB: TD model
By superstition on 7/24/2011 3:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
GM was bailed out in the 1990s and paid back the money.

I think it's pretty silly how much people are focusing on the bailout for the auto makers. It's nothing when compared to what the rather parasitic finance sector got.

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