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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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Diesels in Europe
By DanielUK on 7/16/2011 6:53:39 PM , Rating: 2
The main reason Diesels are popular in Europe is because not so long ago Diesel fuel was way cheaper, (Diesel fuel is alot cheaper to make than Gas. Gas companies will proplibly tell you different). So car companies made Diesels in volume and the prices came down.

If you couple the lower cost of the cars with the super high price of gas you can see why 50% of new cars are Diesels in the UK.

Car companies cant sell too many Diesels though, If every one in the world had a high volume of Diesels, the would be a problem. One gallon of crude oil only makes so much Diesel and so much gas. If we all had Diesel cars, Gas companies would have too much gas and not enough Diesel.

GM are serious about small Diesels in the States. They own 50% of VM Motori an Italian based company that has been making some very nice Diesel Engines for a long time. The other half of VM is owned by ..... Chrysler/Fiat who are allready using VM motors, the first I believe was in the Jeep Liberty.

This new small GM motor will be produced in a new factory here in the states. Given that, I would think the Cruze Diesel will be priced to sell.

Basically if you drive more than 15000 miles a year a Diesel will problably sace you money. Dont forget to factor in the resale value of the car. just look at the price of a used VW TDI even if it has 200K under its belt.




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