The Chevrolet Cruze has been performing well both in the United States and abroad, but our U.S. version has been missing a very special powertrain option. As automakers focus on different kinds of fuel-saving technologies, one option that has risen to the top is the diesel engine. The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has made a huge impact in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America in the past year, and now, the diesel option will make its way to North America.
Diesel engines have had an interesting history in the U.S. up to this point. Many Americans think that diesel engines belong solely on large trucks and tractors, but this simply isn't the case. That's why GM engineers from Torino, Italy and Pontiac, Michigan are teaming up to work on the American version of the powertrain. It needs to feel and sound American, while having the efficiency of a European diesel engine.
Mike Omotoso, Powertrain Analyst for LMC Automotive explains the diesel issue, stating, "The market for diesel cars in the U.S. is small at present, but is expected to grow due to Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements and expected increases in gas prices. So far, the German automakers haven't had any diesel car competition in North America. GM could do well with it, particularly with younger buyers who don't have the old prejudices against diesel."1
The diesel variant of the Chevy Cruze will be available in 2013, and will otherwise look almost identical to the standard version of the Cruze. To learn more about this new model and its arrival here at Bayside Chevrolet, located at 1200 Solomons Island Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678, be sure to stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
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