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2011 Chevrolet Cruze mixes it up – Click above to watch video after the jump

Development engineers rarely get to have the same kind of fun as, say the guys out flogging the crap out of prototype mules on the test track, but that doesn't mean they can't have a good time. A few of the lab coats behind making sure the audible quality of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is up to par have gotten together to work up a sound collage featuring all of the moving bits on the new compact.

If you're looking for an up close and personal look at just how tomb-like the sedan's doors actually are or you have a thing for watching an engineer stomp and clap his hands at the same time, you'll want to check out the video after the jump. If you like what you hear, the Cruze starts at a meager $16,995. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

Photos by Zach Bowman / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Chevrolet via YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Have you even seen the car/driven it in real life? Poor materials, closing the door sounds etc. can't be judged through your pc monitor. I've had the Cruze for about a year now, and it's a great car for that price. of course, I don't know what the US made Cruze will be like, but the one that I have (and that's made in S-Korea) is really well made and feels solid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is old news now...I live IN Milford, and living by the proving grounds really takes the fun out of new gm products these days. I see ZR-1's Weekly, sometimes daily, not to mention the cruz and volts ALL THE TIME. I was excited for the hard top solstices but gm killed those off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like the Toyota boys are in numbers today. Their bias sticks out like a sore thumb.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put it on tv. It is way better than the Ford guy that is on every 90 seconds
      • 4 Years Ago
      It actually sounds like hollow plastic. Now I'm really convinced I do not want this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure when it is a success world wide......in China, Europe, and Australia to name a few. Boom!
      • 4 Years Ago
      what is the sound of fail?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ooh! Ooh! Me! Me! Over here! I have my hand up! Call on me, please! Please! Please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrible!!! This looks like the same kind of warmed over mediocre crap that bankrupted GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lamest press release EVAR.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The notion that this is a "press release" and the fact that you can't spell indicate that your Washington State days were not well spent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While watching this video, I noticed one thing about the Cruze that would annoy me to no end if I owned one. The license plate is mounted on the trunk lid instead of down in the bumper. Every GM product in recent years only has the license plate attached by two screws in the top of the plate, and then there are rubber nubs under the plate to support the bottom. So even though your license plate comes with four holes drilled in it, you can only put screws through the top. So when you go to slam the trunk lid shut, you get a little resonating vibration sound from the license plate. Then if you decide to put a nice and tasteful chrome license plate frame on your car, guess what? You can't secure it at the bottom either, just like the plate. So you end up with a license plate and frame attached at the top, but not the bottom. And when you slam the trunk lid, you have the metal from the plate vibrating against the metal of the license plate frame, and it sounds absolutely horrible. My Saturn ION had this setup, and finally after a month of having the plate frame on there I ripped it off because even though it looked nice, every time I shut the trunk lid it just made the car sound even cheaper than it already was. Now unless the Cruze is somehow different and has the license plate mounted by four screws instead of two, why the hell did they have to put it on the trunk lid? Anyway, as for the rest of the video, I can't really tell anything more about the quality of the Cruze because laptop speakers aren't the best indication of door slam quality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure you're right about the plate vibrating and the presence of only two screws.

        There are many cars with this setup in the US, it's unfortunate but I can't really see it as a deal breaker.

        I wouldn't worry about the inability to judge the quality of the car from your speakers. You can do wonders with microphone placement and EQ, so I don't think you can really determine all that much from the commercial anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I just can't get excited about this car as say I would a Ford Focus or Fiesta.

      It looks dated already, and the sound of the doors closing is the same as a 1990s sunfire.
      Maybe I'll rent one at Avis and change my mind...

      Who knows?
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