According to a recent report in Automotive News, General Motors has issued a stop-sale order on some of its 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze models. No reason has been given, although this is hardly good news for GM - the Cruze was the automaker's best-seller in 2013.

The order affects models with the 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder – according to the report and confirmed by GM – and was emailed to Chevy dealers last night. It seems that Chevy knows quite certainly what cars are affected with the unnamed malady, sending dealers a list of VIN numbers with the stop-sale request.

We reached out to Alan Adler at General Motors to confirm the stop-sale order, and although he couldn't comment on any issues with the car, he did confirm that the order was sent out last night. It seems, though, that these sort of internal stop-sales, while not a common, daily occurrence, are also not unusual.

Regardless of the why behind the stop-sale, the timing really couldn't be worse. GM already has quite a full plate these days, handling the ignition switch recall affecting the Chevy Cobalt, the Cruze's predecessor in the compact segment, as well as several other models. That 1.6-million-unit issue is being blamed for at least 12 deaths and has prompted a federal investigation and a massive outreach campaign by the automaker, which has gone so far as to put its new CEO on camera for a video FAQ.

Of course, if anything official is released relating to the Cruze's stop-sale, we'll be sure to let you know.


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      Jerry
      • 8 Months Ago
      So when are they going to recall the 2011-2012 Cruzes with manual transmissions for the fires the clutches can cause? The ceramic clutches are undersized and will not burst when they wear to a certain point like an organic clutch would. They slip and slip and get very hot. Hot enough to overheat the bell housing and melt the seals in the clutch's slave cylinder is some cases. This then pumps brake fluid with a 300F flash point onto a 500F+ clutch disc. Guess what happens next? Need to nail the managers that decided to "fix this with a running change". Not sure how they sleep at night.
      bc
      • 8 Months Ago
      when is Obama-loving Autoblog going to start reporting on how screwed the car industry is instead of talking about a so-called recovery in every other article? who would have thought a government-owned company that recently went bankrupt would be churning out **** cars that nobody except dealerships want to buy note the channel-stuffing slide: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-28/gm-halts-sales-chevy-cruze-gives-no-reason
        Larry Litmanen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bc
        autoblog is huffingot post. these people think we forgot that during he Republican primaries "auto"blog magically dug up a story about a candidate when he was leading the polls. This website actually was great years ago.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bc
        autoblog is huffingot post. these people think we forgot that during he Republican primaries "auto"blog magically dug up a story about a candidate when he was leading the polls. This website actually was great years ago.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bc
        How, exactly, is the auto industry as a whole 'screwed'?
      carlotta
      • 8 Months Ago
      Does this affect the Buick Turbo Cruze, err the Verano?
        ChaosphereIX
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carlotta
        if you knew your cars, you would know the Verano is not at all related to the Cruze, they just ride on the same platform. Much the same way a Golf rides on the same platform as...most of the VW line. Verano has two completely different engines to the one recalled.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carlotta
        Seeing as the Verano doesn't use the 1.4L Turbo, I'm gonna go with.... No.
        2003gliguy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carlotta
        the Verano uses the LHU 2.0T from the Regal....not quite the same. The LHU makes 270hp and 295tq in the Regal GS in 2012-2013. The 2014 Regal turbos all use the new LTG 2.0T shared with the Malibu
      bootsnchaps60
      • 8 Months Ago
      The quality engineering from Daewoo continues. Haven't beenable to determine if the Cobalt was a rebadged Daewoo or a rebadged Opel.
      Brian
      • 8 Months Ago
      What a mess
      Eggmania
      • 8 Months Ago
      i wonder how far out of control this will spiral for GM. its not looking good
        ChaosphereIX
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        it wont. There is a pathetic number of VINs needed to be fixed. Out of our massive inventory, we have 3 cars affected. Calm down...
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      normc32? you ok?
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Norm has a Verano, which doesn't have the 1.4L Turbo.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          1. You didn't. I jumped the gun. 2. If whatever the issue is affected engines destined for the Encore, it would have been included in this stop sale. It is not, therefore, the logical conclusion that can be reached is that engines destined for the Encore are unaffected. 3. I could've sworn he said he had a Verano.
          churchmotor
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          You really are a dumbfucker aren't you. I can't believe you continue to reply to me, as I always own yourass with your drivel and errors. Remember cartroll1701 ....tiberius1701 ....yonomo1701.... normc32 also "claims" to own an Encore. It has a 1.4 turbo. Remember him claiming no SUV is faster or gets better mileage in thread after thread. OK cartroll1701, go tuck your tail and hide please, or I'll resort to making a fool of you in your post after post again.
      EvilTollMan
      • 8 Months Ago
      GM should just start making Toasters.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @EvilTollMan
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        • 8 Months Ago
        @EvilTollMan
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      BGJ
      • 8 Months Ago
      Let me see if I have this right. GM waits too long to make a recall, and the press skewers them (rightfully so). GM learns the lesson and makes more frequent, less impactful recalls, and the press skewers them. Talk about an easy job! I should be a "journalist". Like being a weatherman, you're never wrong and never need the facts on your side.
      Chet
      • 8 Months Ago
      Government Mule die already
      marv.shocker
      • 8 Months Ago
      Doin' good, GM!
      thedriveatfive
      • 8 Months Ago
      Interestingly as of me writing this GM stock is up 0.99%, it appears the market does not care about this.
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