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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 d33pblue on 7/12/2011 2:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it does, however VW only offers the diesel on the highest trim level, which elevates the price for reasons other than the diesel system. It doesn't offer one with the base trim.

I can see Chevy keeping the diesel premium to $2000 or less.

RE: Wow!!
By Mitch101 on 7/12/2011 2:51:25 PM , Rating: 1
Not to forget the price of Diesel is higher but opens up alternative fuels as an option and possibly drive the price of Diesel where it should be.

Seeing 51mpg for 2013 makes me laugh about this.
White House Wants 56.2 mpg by 2025, Automakers Are Upset

Only 12 years to get another 5mpg's but I think alternatives would serve a better purpose of getting people off FOREIGN oil all together.

RE: Wow!!
By NullSubroutine on 7/12/2011 3:04:54 PM , Rating: 4
You realize that is a fleet-wide average standard? There is also only so much energy in a gallon of fuel and even if you extract it all, you still have to deal with mechanical inefficiencies that will always exist with ICE. After all that engine has to propel a rather heavy vehicle forward and with all the required safety and emissions standard the government keeps adding on, it isn't that easy.

The government can require every vehicle to be pulled by a magical unicorn, doesn't mean that is reality.

RE: Wow!!
By Bostlabs on 7/22/2011 12:02:23 PM , Rating: 2

Shoot, I was looking forward to having a magical unicorn...
hmmm, I'd probably need a scooper attachment though.

RE: Wow!!
By ClownPuncher on 7/22/2011 1:01:16 PM , Rating: 2
Unicorns don't poop, you knave.

RE: Wow!!
By borismkv on 7/22/2011 1:08:52 PM , Rating: 5
Yes they do. They fart rainbows and poop sunshine.

RE: Wow!!
By Manch on 7/22/2011 10:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
and the sushine will power solar panels!

RE: Wow!!
By superstition on 7/24/2011 3:24:16 AM , Rating: 1
I hope they do makeovers because the Cruze is really ugly. I was about to say butt-ugly, but there are a lot of butts in the world that look a LOT better than the front end of a Cruze.

The angry gopher look just doesn't do it for me:

RE: Wow!!
By nofumble62 on 7/23/2011 10:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
Same garbage argument they made in last 20 yrs.
If the Bush administration had any brain and leadership, they should have raised the CAFE to 35, and we are all better off now.

RE: Wow!!
By Indigo64 on 7/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: Wow!!
By rnssr71 on 7/12/2011 9:09:34 PM , Rating: 2
"and in typical American fashion, since the possibility of using biodiesel or used cooking oil is a possibility, with widespread adoption, this car could take itself AND its owners to the nearest golden arches for a "fill up." " older diesels, yes! but not new ones. anything more than B-5 on a new diesel and you void the warranty. it sucks!

RE: Wow!!
By knutjb on 7/13/2011 1:10:09 AM , Rating: 5
You do realize the new high fleet mpg standards are from the same people who don't want you to eat any fried foods...

Oh and they are pressuring electrical plants to shutdown through unreasonable emissions standards but push electric vehicles...

RE: Wow!!
By Philippine Mango on 7/12/2011 10:08:20 PM , Rating: 5
GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS EVERYBODY!!!! That '56mpg' or '62mpg' the whitehouse/epa are proposing are CAFE fuel economy. Which means that the 2010 Prius, rated at 50mpg average on the monroney sticker gets about 70mpg on the CAFE cycle. So a vehicle that gets 56mpg on the CAFE cycle is more around 38mpg average. Even better, that's a FLEET average. It is so annoying having to repeat this very important piece of information as it's the difference between a very reasonable request and a very UNreasonable request (by the govt.). Vehicles over the fleet averaging 40mpg is very reasonable and doable especially by 2025.

RE: Wow!!
By The0ne on 7/22/2011 5:26:20 PM , Rating: 2
Thumbs up for you. Lets see who will bang this into their heads for the next green vehicle discussion :)

RE: Wow!!
By Richard875yh5 on 7/13/2011 9:07:52 AM , Rating: 1
GM is not upset about the proposed CAFE. Ford and Toyota are and GM said they will simple comply with whatever it is.

RE: Wow!!
By rudy on 7/12/2011 4:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
With most of these compact cars the base price only covers a stripped down manual anyway you are looking at the 20's to get into anything normal people would buy anyway.

RE: Wow!!
By JediJeb on 7/13/2011 11:41:22 AM , Rating: 3
I always knew I wasn't normal. I much prefer the stripped down manual version to the automatic version or any version with power everything and so pretty you are afraid to scratch it.

Well, I do have a weakness for cruise control, but please don't tell anyone.

RE: Wow!!
By mindless1 on 7/13/2011 1:43:14 PM , Rating: 1
Cruise control with manual transmission?

RE: Wow!!
By JediJeb on 7/13/2011 2:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, most pickup trucks have it, even my 85 Ranger did. Unless you are trying to use cruise control while driving in the city it works just fine.

RE: Wow!!
By mindless1 on 7/14/2011 3:33:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, almost all my driving (including expressway) would be considered city driving as there's no long stretches where there wouldn't be the potential for gear changes.

RE: Wow!!
By Spuke on 7/13/2011 3:34:23 PM , Rating: 2
Cruise control with manual transmission?
Yeah dude. Manual transmission cars have had that since the late 80's.

RE: Wow!!
By FITCamaro on 7/14/2011 9:27:03 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously. Cruise control has been on manuals pretty much as long as its been available on automatics.

RE: Wow!!
By DougF on 7/13/2011 5:09:43 PM , Rating: 3
Had it on my manual 1993 Volvo 850GLT...the pleasure of down-shifting through corners and easy long distance driving all in one. Loved that car, had it 14yrs, until my eldest child totaled it (accident was not her fault tho).

RE: Wow!!
By Manch on 7/22/2011 10:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
yup, pops had it on his 1978 Toyota Land cruiser. Granted it was more primitive(cut down mop stick) but he did upgrade it in 83 to an electronic one.

RE: Wow!!
By Kurz on 7/22/2011 12:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
Only thing cruise control controls is Throttle position to maintain speed that you set it to.

RE: Wow!!
By jah1subs on 7/13/2011 12:53:07 PM , Rating: 4
Another point of comparison is diesel trucks. IIRC, there is a $4000-$5000 price difference between comparable diesel and gas powered trucks. This is probably a pretty fair comparison since both options are typically somewhat high volume and mature offerings, at least for V8s.

There are other challenges around Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) in vehicles, which is what is in gas/fuel stations.

RE: Wow!!
By JediJeb on 7/13/2011 2:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
The price difference in trucks is understandable since the gasoline engine is often the same as in the regular version of the truck and SUVs, but the diesel is a fairly heavy duty engine option.

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