The Chevrolet Cruze is rumored to have a two-door option in planning. GM has neither confirmed or denied the rumors, so far.
It is a possibility that the Chevrolet assembly plant in Orion, Michigan will be producing the coupe. The plant is already adding other vehicles to the line up that it will be producing. This will include the Chevrolet Sonic and the Buick Verano.
Currently, the plant’s focus is on the Sonic launch, and at a recent open house at Orion, officials again skipped over inquires about the two-door Cruze. The Sonic is a highly anticipated edition because it is the only small subcompact being produced in the U.S.
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The Chevrolet Cruze became the the best-selling compact in the U.S. in May (in part due to the downturn of Japanese brand sales), which resulted in a need for a larger production capacity. The Lordstown, Ohio location that the Cruze is currently built at is no longer sufficient, thus the decision was made to move production to the better equipped Orion plant.
A two-tier pay structure was also developed to allow for the additions in production, with lower wages for new workers and those with senior membership of the United Auto Workers Union earning about double.
Given plans to upgrade the Cruze’s image both in the U.S. and overseas, there are some hints letting on to bigger plans for the Cruze, as well.
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.
– By: Alexandra Koken
Source: Detroit Bureau