General Motors’ high-performance group is considering venturing into powerful small cars. Jim Campbell, who was moved last week to a new position of vice president of GM’s performance vehicles and motorsports said that GM has “tremendous opportunity in the small and compact car market.”
“Small cars and compact cars are going to be more and more important going forward, and we’re looking at efficient performance,” said Campbell. “We will work with those teams to provide performance variants.”
Shall we keep our fingers crossed for a Chevrolet Cruze SS? We think so.
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze”s base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 40 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models will be available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze:
– By: Omar Rana
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