One Step Closer: GM to Add Chevrolet Cruze Diesel to Ohio Plant Production Line

By Joel Arellano | October 21, 2011
In February, Automotive.com reported on rumors circulating the autosphere that General Motors planned to manufacture a diesel model of its immensely popular compact Chevrolet Cruze here in the states. GM has since confirmed those rumors, and has even announced it will start production of the diesel Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant in early 2013. The automaker will be pouring in more than $5 million into the plant in preparation for the new model. The Chevrolet Cruze diesel is currently sold overseas, its 2.0 liter inline-4 engine with manual transmission generating 163 horsepower and getting an estimated 53 mpg combined driving (US figure). GM has not released official specs on the U.S. model though analysts speculate it will get 50 mpg. In comparison, the available Chevrolet Cruze Eco gets 42 mpg highway with manual transmission. All Chevy Cruze models are built in Lordstown. Automotive.com take: The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze diesel could possibly be another game changer for GM—and the entire U.S. auto segment—just like its Chevrolet Volt, which blurs the lines between hybrids and electric vehicles. How? Though the automaker sold diesel cars in the past, it abandoned the market like virtually every other manufacturer by the end of the 80s. Today, Volkswagen the only mainstream automaker still selling diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. Yet even though they've proven popular—Volkswagen says nearly a quarter of its new-car sales are diesel—the German automaker's diesel offerings still occupy a niche among mainstream American car buyers, especially when compared to "baseball and apple pie" Chevy, or Japanese stalwarts Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. GM, through the Chevrolet Cruze diesel, could bring sexy back for fuel burners to Middle America in a way VW hasn't been able to with its Euro-centric focus. What do you think about the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel or diesel engines in general? Let us know in the comments below. Source: Detroit News
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Joe Bough
Joe Bough

Chev abanded the plans to put diesel in 1/2 ton trucks and Toho ect. I wonder why???

E.U.
E.U.

Buy American. Build American. Any American company with "foreign" production plants should be required to pay an import tax on any product it brings into the U.S. from their "foreign" plants. If it is not "Made In America" it is an import, regardless of which company makes it or who's label is on it. Any diesel powered, America made, car and,or compact truck would be welcomed in America.

Stan
Stan

You clearly don't know what you're talking about. Diesels have been used by millions of Europeans and they love them. Americans will learn to love the wonderful torque and abundant fuel mileage that the diesel engine will provide.

Parbrize
Parbrize

Go electric !!! I just can wait the time when electric cars will be affordable. I'll buy a second hand one :)

speedy
speedy

the gm chevy cruze better concentrate on putting a spare tire in the trunk also make sure the steering wheels don't fall off instead of a diesel car. diesels are great for power plants, emergency power, trucks, busses, boats and farm equipment not cars. diesel engines power comes from detoniation the very thing that destroys gas engines. diesel engines must be heavy to withstand detoniation if not like the oldsmobile diesel of the 1980s they are doomed to failure. everything about a diesel engine is expensive because it must be made of superior materials as opposes to a gas engine. diesel engines in cars are noisy, dirty, slow and expensive to repair as opposed to gas engines.

Gordon Rice
Gordon Rice

Thats the only way I would buy american again is if they offer a diesel engine. I own 2 VW diesels and a duramax diesel GMC pick-up. The diesel is the best kept secret in the auto world. Hybrid type fuel mielage without the expensive to replace batteries and other parts.

E. G. GLYKAS
E. G. GLYKAS

I LOVE THE IDEA OF A D-CAR WE MUST BUY AMERICAN IF WE ARE GOING TO GET OURSELVES OUT OF THIS ECONOMIC SLUMP, BUYING AMERICAN KEEPS AMERICA WORKING.

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