General Motors has announced its plan to outfit the 2011 Chevy Cruz Eco with Goodyear”s Fuel Max radials and Alcoa Automotive”s lightweight forged aluminum wheels. Alcoa says that the 17-inch wheels taken by GM are 20% lighter than comparable products, contributing to overall weight reduction as the Cruz is capable of 40 mpg economy during highway driving.
Not only does the use of the forged aluminum wheels reduce mass to lower consumption and increase efficiency, but it also improves driving performance by reducing unsprung weight.
The Alcoa deal is one that will be in place for a number of years, with the wheels being manufactured at the company”s facility in Cleveland. The Cruz is expected to hit showroom floors this coming fall, but GM has yet to furnish sales expectations.
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.
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– By: Steve Calogera
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