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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 Shadowmaster625 on 7/13/2011 9:03:39 AM , Rating: 5
It is going to cost at least $2400 for the diesel upgrade. The rarity factor is going to ensure that the minimum price you pay is $3600 more than the best base Cruze price. So how much is 15 extra mpg worth? Is it really worth $3600, plus another $600-800 if you finance it? So, $4500. Minimum. Ha, no way in hell is it worth that. If you drive 12000 miles per year at $4 a gallon you take 12 years to make your money back, at 51 mpg vs 36 mpg. Even more if diesel is more expensive than gasoline.

Here is my math:
miles * years * ave fuel price / mpg

12000 * 12 * 4.0 / 36 = $16,000
12000 * 12 * 4.4 / 51 = $12,424
diff = $3576

If you project gas/diesel prices to what they are likely to average over the next 10 years:

12000 * 12 * 6.0 / 36 = $24,000
12000 * 12 * 6.6 / 51 = $18,635
diff = $5364

So somewhere around $5 a gallon is when it will actually pay (over 12 years) to buy this car. But then of course at some point you're going to end up dropping an extra grand into your car for maintenance/repair just because it is a diesel.

RE: Wow!!
By JediJeb on 7/14/11, Rating: 0
RE: Wow!!
By Dr of crap on 7/22/2011 10:42:11 AM , Rating: 1
Two things -
First diesels last longer so 12 years - do-able

second - don't buy a NEW one, wait 2 years and steal it for less!

RE: Wow!!
By superstition on 7/24/11, Rating: 0
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