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To Celebrate 100 Years, Chevy Sells Its One Millionth Cruze


Chevrolet launched its compact Cruze model globally in 2009, followed by the North American launch in 2010 as a 2011 model.

Since then, the Cruze has proven to be a home run for Chevrolet, and the automaker has announced one million Cruze sales worldwide on the day that marks Chevy’s 100th birthday.

If you think small doesn’t sell in the United States, the Cruze would beg to differ. Year to date in 2011, the Cruze has proven to be the best-selling compact sedan in the United States, beating out competitors from Honda, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and Kia.

Part of the car’s success stems from the wide range of available models and price points. Buyers focused on comfort and amenities can opt for the range-topping Cruze LTZ, while those demanding the best fuel economy can choose the Cruse Eco.

Equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine and aerodynamic enhancements, the 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco is the most fuel efficient gasoline powered (non-hybrid) vehicle sold in the United States

Ordered with the standard six-speed manual transmission (which includes a tall Eco overdrive sixth gear), the Cruze Eco gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in highway fuel economy.

The rest of the Cruze line delivers respectable fuel economy as well, returning up to 38 mph highway when equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecoboost engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Even base models, equipped with a 1.8-liter, normally aspirated Ecotec engine and a six speed manual transmission, deliver up to 36 mpg in highway fuel economy.

There’s more good news coming to the Cruze product line in 2013, too. While other markets have had a 2.0-liter diesel option since 2009, the U.S. will finally see a diesel Cruze in 2013.

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  1. Not a big fan of the styling at all, but at least it's selling well. I still think the Focus and Elantra much better for looks but the Cruze has more size, so I guess it works for many. If anyone had told me that GM would have the best selling compact car here 5-10 years ago, I would have laughed, at best.
    Yes, problems in Japan, etc., but the Corolla has been worst in class for a while now and the new Civic was a stunning disappointment, and I say that as a longtime Honda fan, even if I generally buy German lately.
     
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  2. @robok2, here's the irony: if Saturn delivered cars like the Chevy Cruze, they'd still be in business.
     
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