Sometime life is unfair. Europe will get the the Chevrolet Cruze in 2009. While we’ll be stuck with the Cobalt-only land until 2010, Europeans will take spare Cruzes out on the track. Chevrolet revealed today the Cruze World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) that will compete in the 2009 championship. The car is already being tested and will continue throughout the remainder of the current season and the coming winter.
The Chevrolet Cruze’s first competitive outing will be in Brazil at the opening round of the 2009 WTCC in Curitiba. The Cruze will be the replacement for the Lacetti as GM’s WTCC car.
Press release after the jump.
Chevrolet Europe has shown the first glimpse of the marque’s 2009 World Touring Car Championship contender, today. The all-new Chevrolet Cruze, which recently premiered at the Paris Motor Show, will continue Chevrolet’s presence in the WTCC, in which the marque so far has won twelve world championship races.
Testing of the new race car – which is the first to start Chevrolet’s new design language in Europe – has already started and is on schedule, and will continue throughout the remainder of the current season and the coming winter. Developed, built, run and driven by the same team and drivers, the Cruze will be all but guaranteed the same speed, reliability and success. The Chevrolet Cruze’s first competitive outing will be in Brazil at the opening round of the 2009 WTCC in Curitiba. In 2009, the WTCC will again visit twelve tracks, in South and Central-America, Africa, Europe and the Far-East.