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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: unless...
By Isidore on 7/12/2011 6:24:21 PM , Rating: 1
As a European, I just don't understand the American bigotry about diesel. My understanding is that your diesel fuel is now beginning to approach the low sulphur fuel available here so what is the problem? Half the cars sold in Europe are diesel and as a cyclist I can tell you that they don't smell particularly worse than a gasoline engine. Their efficiency is in a different league, even allowing for the slightly higher cost of diesel fuel which is a tax artifact. As for hybrids, their increased efficiency over gasoline engines is only real in stop start driving, when you get on the open road it is marginal or imaginary. There is no way they are better than diesels and now we are even beginning to see diesel hybrids. Physics shows that a diesel is intrinsically more thermodynamically efficient than the relatively low compression spark ignition engine so as far efficiency goes it's game over. Yes, it's hard to stomach the idea of a diesel Ferrari but when it comes to long distance sportscar racing the diesels are beginning to dominate. Moreover, a diesel is MUCH simpler than a hybrid and unless your electricity comes from hydro or nuclear they are much more low carbon than rechargeable electrics (if you are worried about carbon that is). I don't know about you but I don't want to drive a coal powered car. When you start adding in the extra refining cost of making gasoline.......


RE: unless...
By darcotech on 7/13/2011 4:49:57 AM , Rating: 1
First, i am sure Cruze can have this numbers on highway as I can easily make 6l/100km (47mpg) while driving at 80mph ( 130km/h) with my 2005 BMW x3 2.0d car.Cruze is lighter and should have even more effecient engine.

The problem in the USA is that diesel is not the same quality as here in Europe, so it smells bad (my friend told from his trip to USA) and might be less refined. I am sure that if citizens of USA could see/test in real life with good diesel the cars with diesel engines, there would be much more buyers for this type of engine.

To me, it seems that petrol companies are not willing to make effort on this side (for whatever their reasons could be) and governement and car industry are not pushing really.

You, as a voter and consumer, should make your impact and make sure you have been given all options like elsewhere in the world.(talking about freedom)


RE: unless...
By Spuke on 7/13/2011 9:53:52 AM , Rating: 2
We have the same diesel as you guys do now (been that way for a few years). Also, for the 1 billionth time, you CAN'T compare Euro mpg with US mpg. Not the same, period. Americans generally don't like diesel in cars (oddly trucks are not an issue). All been discussed before. Some people here claim the VW diesel numbers are indicative of the public's new perception of diesel but, considering the Cruze sells in MUCH higher numbers than the TDI VW's, this will be a perfect indicator of that supposed new perception. We'll see.


RE: unless...
By JediJeb on 7/13/2011 2:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
Concerning the TDI VW, in my area (Kentucky)you have to be on a waiting list to even get one. There is no problem selling a diesel here, and lately the difference in price between regular grade gasoline and diesel is less than the difference between regular grade and premium gasoline. It probably comes down to State taxes causing the large price difference in some places.

I would buy a diesel in an instant. The only diesel I have ever seen that would not outlast a gasoline engine were the ones where GM tried to make a 350CID gasoline engine into a diesel by changing the heads back in the late 70's early 80's and that wasn't a problem with diesels, only a problem with short sighted engineers/management back then. I knew people with the old VW Rabbit diesels that the car fell apart before the engine needed any work so as far as I'm concerned diesel already trumps gasoline for power in vehicles.


RE: unless...
By Spuke on 7/13/2011 3:45:13 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Concerning the TDI VW, in my area (Kentucky)you have to be on a waiting list to even get one.
So what? There was a waiting to get my Solstice but they still only sold 15,000 of them PER YEAR. The Chevy sold 25,000 Cruze's in ONE MONTH (June)! Guess how many TOTAL cars (everything they sell in the US) VW sold in June? 28,000!!! HUGE difference. That's why I said THIS will really tell how Americans feel about diesel cars. If the Cruze diesel doesn't sell, then it goes back to my original assertion that VW's diesels are just a niche market and niche markets do not reflect the majority.


RE: unless...
By darcotech on 7/13/2011 2:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
OK, I trust you on diesel quality.

Americans don't like diesels? Why?
Cause it's prejudice! How many really know about new and very effecient turbodiesels if you get bombarded with petrol offerings almost all the time? Very few IMHO.
And it's not about being stupid, it's because needed information is not passed to them. Don't count us,cause we check sites like this one, to see what's new in car industry and educate ourselfs this way.

I wasn't comparing Euro mpg vs US mpg.I was talking about my driving and how much I get.And I do not drive slow or accelerate slowly.I am sure if I try I can get even better mileage.So if you don't drive as if you were racing you should get great mileage.And if you easy on the pedal(I am not), wow, you will be surprised.

Most of the Cruze here are the diesel ones.

The only thing that i don't understand is why it is planned for 2013 when it exists here. Just small modifications are probably needed.


RE: unless...
By Spuke on 7/13/2011 3:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
I only use US EPA fuel efficiency testing when comparing cars fuel efficiencies. Same repeatable testing methods. No end user variables. Any other comparison is meaningless to me. I can get 33 mpg in my Solstice if I drive decently. Another person I know with a Solstice can't manage much above 20 mpg. Obviously, he drives different than I do. How? I don't know. Because of those variables, I can't compare my mileage with his. Simple stuff.


RE: unless...
By Jeffk464 on 7/22/2011 5:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
You also have to remember american car companies put out some really unbelievable poorly engineered crap diesel engines after the oil embargo in the late 70's. It could just be a long memory thing.

P.S. was I descriptive enough on how bad the diesels were?


RE: unless...
By superstition on 7/24/2011 3:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
Everything I've read said the Bosch design used by VW is made for 45 cetane minimum fuel.

Our cetane standard is only 40 minimum.

Everything I've seen, including a letter for an influential engine manufacturers' association (Bosch included) says our lubricity standard is inadequate. It should be no higher than 460 wear scar and ours is max of 520.

Many states don't test fuel, like Ohio... and so fuel can be shoddy and the only way people find out is when their fuel pumps fail.

No, we're not at European standards for our fuel, from everything I've seen.


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