Chevrolet has seen a double-digit sales increase of its Cobalt compact car this year since gas prices began their unstoppable upward trajectory. Fortunately for us in the states, the newfound importance of small cars means that we will likely see the new 1.4 liter turbocharged global-mill in the U.S. version of the Chevy Cruze when it goes on sale here in 2009. See, everything has an upside if you look hard enough. Fuel economy in the forties on the highway will be welcome, as will the adequate 120-140 horsepower. When the new Cruze goes on sale in its home market, it will be built in the Lordstown, Ohio plant where the Cobalt is currently assembled. Expect both cars to remain in Chevy's line until the Cruze and its next-gen Delta platform sees its full ramp-up. A sedan body-style will appear first, though we'd expect a coupe shortly thereafter to properly compete with such vehicles as the Honda Civic and Ford Focus.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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