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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 ChuckDriver on 7/13/2011 1:38:37 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
The new "decontented" 2011 VW Jetta


I am sad that VW has decided equip the Jetta VI with a hard plastic dashboard, replace the articulated trunk hinges with the traditional ones that intrude into the cargo area, and remove the A/C registers mounted at the back of the center console that provided cool air to the rear seat passengers. These are just a few of the differences from the Jetta V that I observed when recently driving a 2011 Jetta. In this case, new is definitely not improved.

I hope that this decision gets VW many new customers. They will need them because they have disappointed many of their old customers who appreciated the attention to detail VW gave when designing and building their cars. It is still a decent car, but before you buy a 2011 Jetta, take a look at a 2005.5-2010 Jetta.

P.S. I also miss the hook in the trunk for hanging grocery bags.


RE: Wow!!
By Lord 666 on 7/22/2011 6:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
Love my 2006 TDI. Thanks for the comparison. They also don't offer the 4*4 (rear side airbags) option in the 2011 model.

Hoping the 2012 Passat is more like a 2010 Jetta but with more size.


RE: Wow!!
By Lord 666 on 7/22/2011 6:52:54 PM , Rating: 2
Wtf?!?! Just checked the new Passat and it is not an option for rear side airbags.

The 2012 A6 is not available in TDI yet either.

Holding onto mine for a bit longer then.


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