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When General Motors first announced the 2011 Chevy Cruze for the United States market, the automaker bandied about a fuel mileage estimate of over 40 miles per gallon on the highway. That's a laudable goal to be sure, but there's apparently more in store from GM's next small car platform in the form of an XFE edition. Interestingly, Motor Trend reports that the engineers that had previously worked for GM's Performance Division are now tweaking future cars for XFE.

That's eXtra Fuel Economy, for what it's worth. You may recall that GM was able to wring a few more mpg from its long-in-the-tooth Cobalt XFE and Silverado XFE, and the same treatment is reportedly in the works for the Cruze with the goal of hitting 44 mpg. The most miserly powertrain combination will be based on the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission, which will be a step up from a standard 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated mill.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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