One of the most fuel-efficient cars in the United States is also becoming one of the most popular. General Motors announced that for the first three months of 2011, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is on track to exceed 50,000 total sales.
Retail sales for the Cruze are expected to more than triple those of the Chevrolet Cobalt during the first quarter a year ago. The Cruze is the replacement for the Cobalt. Retail sales are also gaining ground in strong import-car markets, where Cruze is expected to be:
- 370 percent higher in California
- 225 percent higher in New York
- 230 percent higher in Florida
In an internal survey of more than 500 Chevrolet Cruze buyers, exterior styling and fuel efficiency ranked as their top reasons for purchasing the model over a competing model.
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Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 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 42 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
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– By: Omar Rana