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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Confirmed For 2013: GM CEO Akerson

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It's as good as official: Chevrolet will build a diesel version of the Cruze for the U.S., to go on sale in 2013. The word comes straight from General Motors CEO Dan Akerson in an interview with USA Today.

Speculation and rumors of a Cruze diesel have circulated for most of 2011, but today's confirmation is the first we've heard directly from the company. So what can you expect of the Cruze diesel?

Akerson says he "drove it the other day. It is great." That's as much as you'd expect from the CEO, but what about the numbers? Akerson says it'll score somewhere in the low- to mid-40-mpg range, with the automatic transmission, implying the manual-transmission version would be even more efficient. That's into hybrid territory, but about what you might expect if you consider cars like the VW Jetta TDI, which rates 42 mpg on the highway.

Around town the Cruze diesel is likely to rate somewhere in the low- to mid-30-mpg range. It's expected to be a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder.

Those figures are pretty close to Chevy's existing Cruze Eco trim--so why bother with the diesel? The 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine in the Eco offers much of the same driving characteristics, after all, with plenty of low-end torque and the ability to pull taller gears at cruising speed.

The answer probably lies in market penetration--buyers that wouldn't consider Chevy at all, even for the Eco, might look to the brand as a serious option if it brings a diesel to market. One advantage the Cruze diesel will likely hold over the Jetta is price. The Jetta diesel starts at about $25,000, but a Cruze diesel, even with a significant premium for its new engine, should be able to come in below the $20,000 mark.

[USA Today via GM Inside News]

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  1. Sounds like GM will produce another low-budget, poorly made diesel engine if it's going to sell $5K less than a comparable VW. Wait 'till owners get a load of premium prices diesel fuel is selling for, the car won't last long. And will they be forced to buy Urea for the cat converter like the diesel pick-up owners are stuck with ?
     
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  2. I can't wait, hopefully they'll engineer it right, and use Bosch diesel F.I. CDI like Honda Accord diesel Europe gets 65 mpg, Mini-Cooper gets 70 mpg, and VW Gold Hybrid diesel gets 75 mpg, but they won't import any of those because it's not PC, they only want Gas Guzzling SUV's so Oil Co can get record profits.
     
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  3. Albert Pryor Posted: 7/22/2011 8:43pm PDT
    Those figures are for an IMPERIAL gallon, not US. Subtract 20% arrive at the American equivalent and those figures will be not so lofty. As for the politics, your guess is as good as mine.

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  4. Why do we use the technology over there and not here? 40 mpg is a friggin insult to the american people !

    European eco-warriors will soon be able to sink their teeth into the new Focus Econetic, designed purely with efficiency in mind. Ford claims that the Focus Econetic can achieve up to 80 mpg on the European testing cycle, or about 67 mpg here in the U.S.
    Ford's road to super-efficiency starts with the automaker's 103-horsepower, 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel engine.
     
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  5. Because it's not politically correct to have a car that gets such high MPG's here in U.S. It would piss off Bush/Cheney/Halliburton/Flour/Bechtel CEO's. They only want Gas Guzzling SUV's so Exxon/Chevon/PhillipUnocal can get record profits. Honda Accord diesel Europe gets 65 mpg, Mini-Cooper gets 70 mpg, and VW Gold Hybrid diesel gets 75 mpg but they won't allow any of those into U.S. for same reason.
     
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  6. Even Nissan Patrol gets 120 MPG in Europe. It stinks up the place a little bit but everything is possible in Europe. Cheney himself started blocking all these cars from coming here and the commie Obama signs off on it while drinking his Bud with Bush Jr.

    I heard they all got so drunk one day that they accidentally let the LEAF slip through.
     
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  7. yeah, you heard about "Bohemian Grove" Club, look it up on YouTube Alex Jones
     
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  8. Those figures are for an IMPERIAL gallon, not US. Subtract 20% arrive at the American equivalent and those figures will be not so lofty. As for the politics, your guess is as good as mine.
     
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  9. No those figures are in U.S. Gallons, NOT Imperial Gallons. 1 U.S. Gallon is 3.7 Liters or .8 Imperial Gallon; because the mileage was converted to Miles and not Km nor liters. And Germany where the Gold hybrid diesel is to be sole And the Honda Accord for other parts of Europe don't use Imperial Gallon but Liters which was converted by the article and mentioned for the U.S. market for comparison.
     
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