The Detroit News reports that the diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze will be manufactured at the General Motors Lordstown, Ohio plant. GM is slated to retool the facility's body shop and assembly line next year through a $5.5-million investment, according to Tom Mock, a spokesman for GM. The Lordstown facility already produces the gasoline Cruze on three shifts Monday through Friday in order to keep up with demand. The Detroit News reports that the plant has recently taken to operating on the weekends to maintain the volume, as well.

The diesel Chevrolet Cruze is set to arrive in 2013, and though GM hasn't released any official powerplant decisions or fuel-economy estimates as of yet, the vehicle is expected to return somewhere around 50 miles per gallon when it arrives. This is the first legitimate diesel passenger car effort from a domestic manufacturer in years, and rumors indicate the vehicle will come boasting a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with around 147 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque.

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      wow - I'm honestly pretty excited for this. So let me get this straight... there's the Volt, which is less practical, slower, heavier, more complicated, and 2x more money, or there's this...
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      About. Damn. Time.
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      Jobs and diesels for US = good news!
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      I'd like to see how this engine would do in an Equinox.
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      I have "hounded" U.S. car manufacturers for years to put diesel motors in their best selling vehicles, all to no avail. However I spoke with officials from Cummins Diesel about 5 years ago, and they told me they were developing a new diesel for the Dodge Ram 1500, they also said it would be ready for production in a year or two. I wonder,.....what happened to that motor??! Is there some reason they don't want us to get "good mileage" in this country? I own a Ram 1500 (gas), and my friend owns a Ram 3500 a much larger and heavier truck with a Cummins Diesel, my friends truck gets 8-9 miles per gallon "more" than my truck! People we need more diesels in this country NOW! Not only do they get better mileage, they burn cleaner now, last lots longer than gas engines, and you don't have to worry about spark plugs, or distributors, making them cheaper to maintain! Heck, a good diesel motor doesn't even get "broken in" good until it has 150K miles on it!! Help me in "hounding" these Car Manufacturers for "MORE DIESEL POWERED VEHICLES"!
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        The recession hit and killed off a lot of the spending that automakers didn't see as necessary for survival/growth, killing off the smaller diesels, from what I understand.
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      I am truly excited to see a domestic manufacturer take on a compact car with a diesel. Europe has been doing it for decades, and it's about damn time people see just how incredible the mpg can be without having to go hybrid for everything. Might just have to hold out for one of these as my next daily driver!
        • 3 Years Ago
        European car manufacturers has always had less stringent environmental hurdles. Europe, bar maybe the Swiss, are only just catching up as far as clean air laws are concerned. Also, be careful what you wish for, since "Clean Diesel", while cleaner than diesels of the past, is still more polluting than unleaded gasoline. Even if only one in every 100 cars became diesel, the health impact would be astronomical, and the laws will become tougher and we're to where we started.
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      Welp GM looks to have my sale. I was ready to drop the money on the Diesel Focus that never made it here.
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      Got to love the post from Grandpa about an engine from 30 years ago, what do these posts have anything to do with today, GM has many diesels driving their products in Europe and have for a long time... If you can't make an educated post then don't make one at all...
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      ....six speed manual....
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      After so many years of manufacturers teasing us--is it really going to happen?
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      introduce a wagon and take a big chunk out of VW's sales
      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Mazda keeps their commitment, we'll have quite the spread in 2013 for under 30k cars. We can only hope that no one backs down. I'm still pissed at VW for not offering a CC TDI over here. In 5 years I'd LOVE to have another diesel car.
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