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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 MorGasTax on 7/12/2011 4:36:02 PM , Rating: 2
From my friend who is a diesel zeolot, there is a big problem with the efficient euro diesels running with the dirty diesel fuel being sold in the US. This is another case of the Oil refiners owning Congress and the EPA, and why Ford will not open a diesel engine plant to make fuel efficient engines.

RE: Wow!!
By Solandri on 7/22/2011 1:30:25 PM , Rating: 3
The high sulfur content of diesel in North America is hardly the fault of oil refiners. The oil you get from the ground here simply has a higher sulfur content than that from the Middle East or Scandinavian North Shore.

And the entire world, including the U.S., has standardized on ULSD (ultra low sulfur diesel). It's pretty hard to buy any other type of diesel in the U.S. now. So if we are to believe your friend, then Congress and the EPA prevailed. Precisely the opposite of what he's insinuating.

Frankly, I don't think the oil companies care if they sell high-sulfur diesel or low-sulfur diesel. The only thing that they care about was that if they were producing low-sulfur diesel, they'd have a harder time selling it (would have to price it higher) than the company producing high-sulfur diesel. If the government mandates everyone produce low-sulfur diesel, then that isn't a problem anymore. They can just produce and sell the low-sulfur diesel, safe in the knowledge that nobody will be undercutting their prices by selling high-sulfur diesel.

RE: Wow!!
By superstition on 7/24/2011 2:55:43 AM , Rating: 2
Sulfur isn't the problem. US diesel is ultra-low sulfur.

The problem is that our lubricity standard isn't good enough, according to an engine manufacturers' association. They say the wear scar should be no higher than 460 and our standard is 520 max.

Many states don't have any fuel inspection, like Ohio. So fuel quality can be poor, with contaminants, algae, and water.

Cetane level is low here, at 40 minimum. This leads to less efficiency and more soot.

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