• Nov 17, 2009
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General Motors has announced plans to unveil the U.S.-spec version of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze at next month's LA Auto Show, alongside the all-new Chevrolet Volt. The compact sedan has been available in Europe and across the Pacific for over a year, but will finally go on sale in the States in the third quarter of 2010.

Originally shown at the Paris Motor Show last year, the Cruze is designed to replace the aging Cobalt and will be packing a 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder that GM expects to max out at 40 mpg on the highway. Production will begin at the General's Lordstown, OH plant this coming April, and it would seem that GM doesn't plan to offer the 1.6- or 1.8-liter gas engines (or the Euro-market 2.0-liter turbo diesel) at launch. Hit the jump for GM's releases and expect more details to follow when we hit the ground in So. Cal. on December 2nd.




PRESS RELEASE

Chevrolet at the Los Angeles International Auto Show
  • U.S. premiere of the all-new Cruze, delivering up to 40 mpg highway
  • Volt electric vehicle to be available in select markets in 2010
  • Camaro, Equinox and other hot-selling Chevrolet vehicles also on display
DETROIT – Chevrolet affirms its commitment to fuel solutions and building refined, eco-friendly vehicles with the debut of the U.S. production version of the Cruze sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show, on Dec. 2. The Cruze, along with the much-anticipated Volt electric vehicle, will give visitors to the L.A. show a close-up view of Chevrolet's expanding lineup of gas-friendly to gas-free products.

"With expected highway fuel economy up to 40 miles per gallon, Cruze will be extremely gas friendly while the Volt electric vehicle can be operated gas-free," said Brent Dewar, vice president, Chevrolet. "Chevrolet's focus is on forward-looking technologies to the benefit of our customers, such as the highly efficient, small-displacement turbocharged engine in the Cruze or the Volt electric vehicle with extended range."

The Cruze has already launched to high acclaim in Europe and Asia and has undergone refinement for America. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2010 but has already logged more than 4 million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, making it one of the most globally tested Chevrolet products prior to a U.S. launch.

Cruze is designed to achieve class-leading highway fuel economy using a new family of efficient engines that include a 1.4L turbo. It will lead the way for Chevrolet in small-displacement, turbocharged engines that are designed for excellent fuel efficiency and durability – while also being fun to drive.

Defying preconceptions of what a compact car can be, Cruze will offer a more spacious interior and cargo capacity than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, and upscale infotainment amenities such as a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity and XM Satellite Radio. Ten standard air bags that provide a safety cocoon for occupants – along with OnStar– also make it one of the safest vehicles in the segment.

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended-range capability. It is expected to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt's lithium-ion battery is depleted of energy, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling.

Chevrolet will announce plans for initial retail markets where the Volt will be sold. Chevrolet will also announce the winner of a nationwide consumer competition to name a Volt unique paint color. Consumers determine the winner by voting now for their favorite of three finalist names at www.chevroletvoltage.com, until 8 a.m. Eastern time on Dec. 1.

From Nov. 27-29, the Volt will be on display next to Bloomingdale's at the Westfield Century City mall in West Los Angeles. During regular mall hours, visitors to the Chevrolet Volt display may get two free tickets each to the L.A. Auto Show, while supplies last. The L.A. Auto Show opens to the public Dec. 4.

Production for the Volt is expected to begin in late 2010. Pricing has not been announced.

The Chevrolet show exhibit also will feature the all-new, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro sports coupe and Chevrolet Equinox compact crossover SUV. The popularity of these vehicles helped Chevrolet boost sales by 9 percent in October, including a significant 31-percent increase in retail sales.

The Camaro continues to distance itself from its closest competitor as a fuel-efficient interpretation of a 21st century sports car, achieving 29 miles per gallon on the highway when equipped with the popular 304-horsepower direct injected V-6. Camaro has been a leader in the regular sports car segment for the last five months.

Demand for the Camaro continues to be strong, as Chevrolet now has more than 36,000 sold orders for the car.

The all-new 2010 Equinox is a compact crossover that combines distinctive design, extensive functionality and outstanding efficiency. At 32 mpg highway, the Equinox gets better fuel economy than the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV-4. It even beats the Ford Escape Hybrid while costing $7,000 less.

In just a few short months, Equinox has captured 10 percent of the critical compact crossover segment, its best share since August of 2007 and up 4.6 percent from a year ago. More than half of 2010 Equinox customers traded in a non-GM vehicle (based on internal PIN data). Demand is so strong for the Equinox that the plant where it is built recently added a third shift.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't mean to be a d*ick, but does anyone even care at this point? It's been what, 17 years in the making now? I wonder if the car will have power windows and locks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Weather you being a d*ck or not has yet to be determined, however your comment just had me cracking up. ROFTL
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Cavalier by any other name ... is still a Cavalier.

      Is it possible to be any less interested in this car than I already am? I lust after a Hyundai Accent by comparison!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shamdiddly, you're entitled to your opinion, but there's no car that this reminds me more of than the Cavalier, or the Cobalt, and GM already tried to convince us that the Cobalt was "nothing like the Cavalier that preceded it", but as we know, the Cobalt was a colossal failure.

        If you still believe any of the hype that this loser company spews then you're an idiot, or maybe you're 15 years old, so you don't know any better.

        This car will be a failure (or at least fail to deliver GM from the abyss). Mark my words!
        • 5 Years Ago
        First, you're completely biased.

        Second, if GM is so wonderful now, then all future reviews and experiences will bear that out; however, AT THIS MOMENT, their credibility is zilch.

        Yelling at me will not change my mind about your company's products, and I doubt there will ever come a time when I would ever consider one, because I'm simply not that gullible, and my recent personal experiences have been very poor!

        I recently rented a brand-new Opel Corsa [in France], and was horrified at what a terrible experience it was. Cheap plastics and controls, weak power, TERRIBLE manual transmission; terrible all around, except the fuel-economy was ok. My previous GM renting experience was the G8. The center console (with the window switches) collapsed on me! It was brand-new. I was the first client to rent it. The controls were completely illogical and needlessly complicated.

        By all means, prove me wrong with your future offerings, but I'll HAPPILY keep my MINI Cooper for now. The quality differences and driving experience between the Opel Corsa and the MINI Cooper were so vast, I was utterly in shock. I really was expecting more. My German cousin, who I was visiting, informed me that no one in German takes Opel seriously, and they consider it to be junky.

        You [GM] have a LONG, LONG way to go to restore confidence in the public's eye, and even longer to go to ever convince me to buy one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zapperdude60:

        MY MINI doesn't have that. It has a normal-sized one next to the tachometer, because I have the built-in Nav system :-P

        I agree: That is a tiresome design feature that I'm not crazy about, but it doesn't detract from the driving experience. In fact, I think the second-gen MINI has some very weird dash controls, and I prefer the first-gen's dash (i.e. mine), but the second-gen still has some compelling advances over the first-gen, like the PSA-BMW engine, for one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL@David and you go Shamdiddly!

        I support the efforts of ALL American car companies as much as I can and I will point out EVERY defect known, no matter how well hidden, that I can find about Toyota in particular, or any foreign car company. People need to wise up and realize that overall, American cars have reached parity with the rest of the industry quality and performance and in some cases even surpass that of the foreign competition.
        zapperdude60
        • 5 Years Ago
        @david "I bought it because it's the perfect size for my needs"
        Do you need a speedometer the size of a plate?
        • 5 Years Ago
        David,
        I am 40, work for the company, and tire of critics that reek of ignorance and hate for any American company.

        I will be one of the first to admit that GM doesn't seem to be changing directions fast enough, however, less intelligent persons (perhaps yourself included) dismiss all the recent progress and accomplishment of the company.

        Honestly, there is no pleasing every person, and it seems at times the people with the loudest voices are the least informed.
        Do I need to pull out my General Motors' bag of Whoop-Ass and demonstrate the strides this company has made in the last five years?

        It doesn't matter, as many will use the defense of "Bankruptcy!" and "Government Motors!" to cover their lack of substantive argument. The point is one that is passed over by many that would rather see GM fail and continually point out shortfalls in product development and design:

        General Motors has taken drastic measures to change how it does business.
        General Motors is not going to die.
        General Motors will be a strong global competitor in the automotive market.

        Now clearly, you don't have to accept that, or GM's vehicle lineup. That is what is great about America; Choice.

        You choose to propagate misconceptions, and I'll choose to continue trying to educate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        David,
        The fact that you feel the need to defend your choice of the Mini just reinforces the ignorant stereotype I threw at you. Not unlike your view toward GM. See? Other people can play, and beat you at your own game.

        You have helped prove my point that your opinion toward the Cruze is based on someone who loves their own car and was just looking for something to pick on.

        You don't have to defend your choice in vehicle to me or anyone else, for that matter - again, that's why America is so great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shamdiddly, say what you want, but the MINI is the best car I have ever owned and 4 years later, I love it just as much as I did when I got it. I am planning to get another one, unless something else compelling comes along. I am very open-minded on this, believe it or not, but if I were to buy a new car TODAY, it'd have to be another MINI.

        It's the most fun car I know of in our market, the manual transmission is a pleasure, the seats fit me like a glove, the fuel-economy is excellent, I can haul almost anything I try to (I've done screen doors and 9ft-long piece of lumber!!), the layout is perfect, it has ever bell-and-whistle I could want, and I was able to outfit it à la carte, and made-to-order per my exactly specifications, at no extra cost. I have gone on 500 mile trips and emerged without any back pain or discomfort. The fuel-economy is great at an honest >36 mpg highway; the reliability has been excellent, etc..., etc... I think it's excellent value for the money. It starts at $18,500 for Pete's sake, although mine was $23,000, because I added lots of interior niceties.

        I didn't buy it for the cuteness-factor, the hype, the badge, to be popular with anyone, or whatever you're trying to suggest. I bought it because it's the perfect size for my needs (if only everyone bought cars size-appropriate to their needs!), it's a sheer pleasure to drive, and fits me like a glove. I defy GM to make anything as good for me. They couldn't no matter how hard they tried. The truth hurts!

        The fact that you and your ilk make fun of the MINI just further reinforces how clueless and blind and misguided GM is about what people want in a car.

        I'm not saying the MINI is for everyone, but it's the perfect car for me. GM has NOTHING appealing or appropriate for me. FACT! Suck it up!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Completely biased?

        Toward the American auto industry, absolutely.

        That still doesn't prevent me from presenting data and facts to people that need a car company to coddle and reassure them they are hip trendsters. (pay attention, I don't want you to miss the slam at you driving a Mini)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Cruze will be a great replacement for the Cobalt. I have never found that car appealing. I love the new GM Interiors, I can't wait to see what Chrysler will be doing with their interiors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good grief, do we have to look at The Rick? Couldn't he be airbrushed out?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Between 1) the rather unremarkable reviews from Australia and Europe of this Chevy-Daewoo and 2) Hyundai's remarkable track record of late, my money is on the 2011 Elantra kicking this thing's ass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car NEEDS to be a hit for GM.

      As much as all the PR has been about the Volt, this Cruze is going to represent much larger sales volume and will be a true test of if GM has really learned their lesson in quality, style and efficiency.

      The exterior look is nice - if not a little bland. The interior looks great in renderings, but it better be as good (or better) than anything else on the market.

      The biggest problem that I see with the Cruze is that is honestly is a continuation of the Cavalier-turn-Cobalt formula from the 80's. It's not a game-changer in terms of look or exterior design, so if you are looking for a sporty hatchback or something totally fresh, this car ain't it. Hopefully it can at least be a very good small sedan that can finally go up against the Civics, Corollas and Mazda3s of the world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hazdaz, see my other post re: Opel Corsa.

        It only LOOKS great. Having just rented one, to say it was disappointing is an understatement. It was horrible! I think it's the worst manual transmission I've ever experienced (worse than Hyundai's). I hated every minute I had the Corsa, and I had to drive it hundreds of miles and though some scary, twisty rural roads in the South of France. I was kicking myself for not having opted for something else.

        It is a nice-looking car, and the fuel-economy was good, but it ends there!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The biggest problem that I see with the Cruze is that is honestly is a continuation of the Cavalier-turn-Cobalt formula from the 80's. It's not a game-changer in terms of look or exterior design"

        Yes. This is EXACTLY my point. More of the same sh@t. They change the name, but the car remains more or less the same, and less than being a looker, it's a non-looker! Utterly uninteresting and will fade into the background immediately, which is not what I assume GM is hoping for.

        This company is still so much in denial. They've learned nothing from their experiences of the past year, and I suspect it's because they got "off" too easily, and keep too much of the old guard in charge, and they are the problem!
        • 5 Years Ago
        We might both see this car as just a continuation of the same formula, but honestly the Civic and Corolla are continuations of their respective formulas too... just they have done a much better job over the years fulfilling that formula.

        I don't agree that this car is sh!t though - that remains to be seen, but while you and I might want something more exciting, the fact remains that boring sells. The masses don't want anything too crazy. And truthfully, slap on some more aggressive fenders and bigger rims on some future SS model, and the Cruze could be pretty darn nice looking - better than any USDM Civic and Honda sell zillions of them.

        I would love to see GM come out with a hot hatch (like the great looking Opel Corsa which might come here as a Buick), but for now the Cruze looks like a GOOD small car. It might not be an enthusiasts small car, but a good small car none the less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be interested to see how they keep costs competitive for their rental fleet market with that 1.4 turbo.

      I'm surprised there isn't also a bargain-basement 1.8 NA model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It may be possible that the rental versions will get a different engine (read: cheaper and simpler). The current Malibu was/is offered with the 3.5L V6 (that the Aura had available to consumers) for fleet duty but was/is only offered with the 4cyl and 3.6L V6 for consumers.

        FWIW, every rental I've had in the past year (and there have been many) have been mostly imports. Of the domestics, I've only had a Malibu, a Focus and 2 Journeys. The rest were Nissans, Kias, Hyundais, and a Toyota Camry. I honestly wouldn't mind if they didn't sell many Cruzes to rental agencies and let the imports take over that segment, they seem all too happy to do so.

        However, I understand that there is money to be made there, but I guess they just don't need to flood the rental market. That gave them a bad enough name as it is, no need to fuel the fire.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the Fiesta thank you very much. Chevy Cruze already looks outdated and it's not even out on the US market. And by 2012 I am more than sure Honda Civic will further outclass this thing. Only thing this Cruze has going for it is good highway MPG but I am just wondering how optimized that engine/transmission is and probably how uninspiring to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree - the new Fiesta is sexy. Ford is doing some good things lately!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They look like Honda and Toyota now.


      Very nice!
      • 5 Years Ago
      First off, this car will be great. The picture does not do it justuce, it has to be seen in person. Now doing so at the auto show this past spring, it out shines the civic in styling, as well as the Corolla, and Sentra. Interior is upscale and out does the civic's 2 tier confusion and it feels high quality.
      As for the 1.4T, it will have high torque output compared to its horsepower like the "crappy" Cavelier and Cobalt before it that left corollas and civics in the dust at stop lights, and sold so many copies. Now due to the fact that the Cruze will be lighter than the Cobalt, and corolla when I last checked, and will carry a turbo, it will smoke the competition including the base Mazda 3, which weighs well over 3,000 lbs. GM always had peppy small cars for chevy and it will continue to be so. If this car seems aged is because autoblog has covered it more than any auto news site out there, plus you have those who have been burned by the big 3 of the 80's and will never see anything good in it. If 2010 is good to me, it will be parked outside my apartment building. No more Corolla for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I recently took a look on a Euro spec Cruze and I was a bit disappointed with the finish of the interior. Every current gen car of European origin (Volkswagen, Peugeot, Slowakia made Kia c'eed) looks and feels better. I don't know if this will change for the US since US buyers seem to be more tolerant to hard plastic interiors than Europeans...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do people care so much about the hard plastics ? Id rather have good seats, a decent road feel and some useful features in a budget car...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I callin ur statement out as B$. When it comes to inexpensive cars. The Europeans have just as must hard plastic as Americans, and I have experienced it first hand. Further the European Press have said the quality of its interior is on par with the industry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      'Bout damn time.
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