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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 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?

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