Buzz Garage: Chevrolet Cruze

Unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is one of GM’s most anticipated cars as they shift from gas-guzzling SUVs to compact vehicles. Replacing the Chevy Cobalt, the Cruze will go on sale in Europe starting March 2009.  A U.S. launch date was originally set for April 2010 but has now been delayed to 2011 due to a pinch in GM’s cash flow.

Europeans will get their Chevrolet Cruze lineup of 4-cylinder engines ranging from a 112-hp 1.6L, a 140-hp 1.8L and a 150-hp 2.0L turbo diesel. All models will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The U.S. market will get a 100-hp 1.4L 4-cylinder turbo engine. According to GM CEO Rick Wagoner the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is expected to return a fuel-economy of closer to 40mpg. The Chevrolet Cobalt returns 33mpg highway and the new Cobalt XFE (extra fuel-economy version) returns 37mpg highway.

GM is investing $500 million in the U.S. for the production of the Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio plant. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.

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Posts on the Chevrolet Cruze:

03-10-2009: 2009 Chevrolet Cruze UK pricing released, goes on sale in July
02-26-2009: Melbourne 2009: 2010 Holden Cruze gets 2.0L turbo diesel in Australia
02-24-2009: GM will build Volt, Cruze engine at existing Flint South Engine Plant
01-28-2009: GM extends Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine plant delay
12-17-2008: GM puts a hold on Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine factory
12-08-2008: Chevrolet Cruze on track for April 2009 for European markets
12-05-2008: Chevrolet WTCC Cruze race car fully revealed
10-30-2008: Chevrolet Cruze goes on sale in Korea as Daweoo Lacetti
10-27-2008: Chevrolet Cruze may get hatchback and wagon variants
10-25-2008: Chevrolet Cruze delayed until 2011, Malibu until 2013
10-13-2008: Chevrolet Cruze WTCC race car revealed
10-03-2008: Live from Paris 2008: GM shows Camaro, Volt, Cruze,
10-01-2008: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze makes Paris debut, interior revealed
09-25-2008: GM announces 4-cylinder turbo for Cruze and 1.4L non-turbo for Volt
09-16-2008: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze could cost more than Japanese rivals
09-03-2008: Lutz: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will be worth the wait
08-22-2008: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze coming to the U.S. in April 2010 with 40mpg
08-21-2008: GM to invest more than $500 million to build 2011 Chevy Cruze
08-21-2008: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze officially revealed
07-31-2008: Chevrolet Cruze and Cadillac CTS Coupe looked at as GM’s saviors
07-17-2008: In (very little) pictures: Chevy Cruze, Buick Invicta and Cadillac SRX
07-08-2008: New Chevrolet Cruze to debut at the Paris Motor Show


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