The Chevrolet Cruze has been seeing some good success and now, there are some statistics to further support its growth trend.
So far the Chevrolet Cruze took the title as the best-selling US compact in July with total sales wringing up at 24,648 cars for the month, outselling the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, the Ford Focus and every other car in its segment.
“We’re competitive for the first time ever,” Joel Ewanick, GM’s chief marketing officer, said in an interview. “The buyers are completely different than we’ve seen before.”
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In the bigger picture, GM has sold a total of 147,620 Cruzes in the US since its launch through July, selling more than the Prius and still trailing the Corolla, which is at 154,324 units.
“The Cruze is definitely appealing to the audience that would look at Japanese and Korean compacts,” said Alec Gutierrez, manager of vehicle valuations at Kelley Blue Book. “Domestic compacts are doing a better job of swaying that audience.”
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: Chris Chin
Source: Automotive News