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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 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.


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