2011 Chevrolet Cruze Compact Car Launch Delayed Til Next Fall

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As U.S. carmakers get serious about building world-class compact cars, one of the most eagerly awaited entries is the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which will face off against a totally new 2012 Ford Focus as well as revised models of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Nissan Sentra.

Now reports say that General Motors will push back the Cruze introduction by three months, from next spring or summer into the third quarter of 2010, to ensure a perfect launch.

The upside is that the extra time will allow all models of the Cruze--presumably meaning different trim levels--to be built before the car goes on sale.

The Cruze has received good reviews in Europe and Asia, where it is already on sale. It will be built for the U.S. market in GM's Lordstown, Ohio, plant.

Perhaps the extra time is good, since the U.S. taxpayers who bailed out GM can only hope the 2011 Cruze does better than the first compact Chevrolet built there: the notoriously unreliable Chevrolet Vega.

The Cruze is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.4-liter engine that will offer fuel efficiency as high as 40 miles per gallon, with the same power as the 2.4-liter engine in today's 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. The Cobalt will remain in production until the Cruze launches.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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[Detroit News via TheCarConnection]

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Comments (5)
  1. Here's hoping GM will have a winner. It does look very good in red.

  2. It is amazing! I work at the lordstown plant and could not believe my eyes when I saw the first couple pilot cars.

  3. "Better than the Vega?" This writer must have just come from a 30 year sleep. How can anyone relate to a car that was out over thirty years ago. He seems angry that the Chevy Cruze has been delayed 3 months from Spring to June of June 2010.

  4. "Thanks dear,
    it was really nice of you to show the glims of the all new Chevrolet Cruze.
    Chevrolet has always been the car of my dreams
    as i cant afford one of these, at least felt somebody could provide me with a contract hire Chevrolet of the kind & i would fly the machine like m riding a plan even for a day..
    again thanks a lot…:)"

  5. It is not delay that is going to kill gm. As long as they release the car with near perfection combined with mileage everything will be go fine for them.
    defensive driving

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