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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 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.

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