2016 Chevrolet Cruze

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  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    153 @ 5600
  • MPG(Hwy):
    40
  • Torque @ RPM:
    177 @ 2000
  • Displacement:
    1.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    17495
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Second-gen sedan gets new looks, turbocharged engine

The Chevy Cruze is essentially GM’s modern version of the Chevy Cavalier here in the U.S. It replaced the Chevy Cobalt in 2008 and saw two updates before being redesigned for the 2016 model year. When the second-generation Cruze debuted for the North American market, it grew in length and width and came with sportier styling cues. The most dominate change came in the form of new headlights, a reshaped nose and new character lines on the sides. On the inside, there is a little more room thanks to the slightly larger size. The infotainment system has been upgraded to Chevy’s second-generation MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay as standard equipment. Furthermore, the car now comes with heated seats in the front and rear as well as a heated steering wheel. Under the hood, we see more improved as Chevy is now offering the Cruze with a 1.4-liter engine that delivers 153 horsepower, 177 pound-feet of torque, and offers a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg.

The second-generation Cruze also brought a change to the lineup as well. The L and LS trim levels carry over, and the LT trim is now a combination of the LT1 and LT2 trims from the previous generation. The LTZ trim was also dropped in favor of the Premier trim as the range-topping model. A six-speed manual will be the only transmission available for the base, L trim. A six-speed manual and a six speed automatic will be available for LS and LT trims, while the Premier trim will be stuck with just the six-speed automatic.

The second-generation model is also spawning a hatchback variant that should be coming for the 2017 model year, and there is still a lot to discuss about this generation as well. With that said, let’s dive on into all the juicy details and see what the 2016 Cruze is all about.

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 SS Concept

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 SS Concept

Chevy’s first hot compact since the Cobalt SS

Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt (and its Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion doppelgangers), the Cruze is two years into its second-generation as of 2018. Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, it’s offered with two gasoline engines and a diesel engine in other markets. But, unlike its predecessor, it isn’t offered in performance-oriented guise yet. This could change soon, as Chevy unveiled a beefed-up concept car at the 2018 Sao Paolo Motor Show.

Powered by an engine that generates almost 300 horsepower, the concept goes by the name Cruze Sport6 SS. The "SS" badge, most famous for adorning the Camaro, is not new to compact GM cars, having been used on the Cobalt SS, a 260-horsepower coupe sold until 2010. On top of the beefed-up engine, the Cruze SS also features more aggressive exterior features and a sportier interior. It actually looks ready to go into production, but the fact that Chevy chose to unveil it in Brazil without much fuss on social media may be a sign that it’s not going into production anytime soon.

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Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Top 10 Compact Cars Ranked From Best to Worst

Small cars are still quite popular and the market is brimming with options even in 2018

Compact cars still represent great value for money, even in 2018, in a market flooded by SUVs and all kinds of niche crossovers. Compact models are a great choice as a first new car and, luckily, there’s still a great variety of cars to choose from. Here are our top 10 choices.

Picking the best small car of the myriad of options available isn’t an easy thing to do. If you’ve made up your mind and you don’t want a compact SUV or crossover and, instead, go for a compact sedan or hatchback, there are the obvious choices like a Volkswagen Golf, a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla. But the market is much wider than that. and

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The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

The Best 2018 Cars Under $20,000

Everything you need without breaking the bank

Finding the right car for you isn’t exactly easy. From horsepower to mpg, interior room to standard equipment, there’s a lot to take in and consider. Of course, doing your homework is critical to finding that perfect ride, and luckily, if you’re looking for something under the $20K-mark, we’ve got you covered right here.

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Your Obsession With SUVs and Crossovers like the Ford Escape and Chevy Traverse Probably Just Led to 1,500 People Being Laid Off

Your Obsession With SUVs and Crossovers like the Ford Escape and Chevy Traverse Probably Just Led to 1,500 People Being Laid Off

Sedans are bearing the brunt of the growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs

The growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs has been a goldmine for a lot of automakers. As the demand for these cars grows, car companies are becoming more invested in building more of them. Unfortunately, there is a downside to the strong focus being put on crossovers and SUVs, and sedans are bearing the brunt of it. Sales of sedans have fallen off a cliff across the industry to the point that some automakers are taking drastic action to curb the increasingly worrisome trend. A good example is General Motors. The American automaker owns Chevrolet, and sales of the brand’s Cruze sedan is declining at an alarming rate. As such, the General has taken the difficult step of cutting the production of the Cruze by half, and in doing so, it could also cut as many as 1,500 jobs because of it.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Driven

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Driven

Just like the Cruze sedan, only better

The Chevrolet Cruze has undergone some big changes in the last two years. For 2016, the sedan moved into its second generation by hitting the gym for weight reduction and added muscle. Now for 2017, Chevy has added a hatchback version complete with all the upgrades introduced a year before. I got the chance to spend a week behind the wheel of Chevy’s new hatch, surmising the little bowtie is darn good at hauling people and their stuff.

Admittedly smitten, I’d venture to say the Cruze Hatchback is a better choice than most compact crossovers. The data proves it, at lease objectively in regards to fuel economy and interior volume. Subjectively, the Cruze Hatch feels light on its feet and doesn’t mind being thrown into a turn. No, the Cruze Hatch’s 1.4-liter turbo-four is hardly a monster, but it appropriately balances power with efficiency. It’s hard to complain about 38 mpg highway, even when the sprint to 60 mph takes nearly eight seconds. So, what’s it like to live with? Find out below.

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Pops' Rants: Why I Don't Care About Vegans and Nurburgring Laps

Pops’ Rants: Why I Don’t Care About Vegans and Nurburgring Laps

I love rear-engined cars though...

Boy this was a boring week. Not a single automotive event worth mentio... Ah, wait, the NIO EP9 smashed the Nurburgring lap record for production. Mighty impressive given that the benchmark was about eight years old, but there’s a bit of a problem. The NIO EP9 isn’t a production car. I know I’m old and my memory isn’t as good as it used to be, but can you provide me a link from where I can order this car? You can’t! Because this thing isn’t for sale.

Sure, NIO says that six examples have already been sold to company investors and that 10 more cars are underway for the general public, but that’s not much really. Maybe this contest over who has the bigger pecker on the ’Ring should have some additional rules. It’s enough that automakers like Nissan make special tweaks to their cars for these benchmarks, and we don’t need extremely limited runs validated as production models at the track. If it continues like this, carmakers will need to make just the one car to be considered a production vehicle soon. And it’s stupid!

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The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch is Better than a Crossover

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch is Better than a Crossover

The right answer to the crossover question

It’s no secret crossovers and SUVs are sweeping vehicle sales numbers across the country. Americans are buying these high-riding, unibodied wagons like never before and automakers are responding with even more models. It seems the humble sedan’s days are numbered. But crossovers are inherently compromised – their high center of gravity and sloppy on-road handling not rewarded with off-road capability as with traditional SUVs. The crossover is the cotton candy of the automotive world; all fluff and sugar with no substance. But there’s a better way to get loads of cargo volume without killing on-road drivability. Enter: the hatchback. And perhaps the best and newest example is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback.

I’d wager the average Joe and Suzie Carbuyer bought their crossover because it looks cool and offers more interior room than the sedan they traded, while getting better gas mileage than the Chevy Suburban the really wanted but couldn’t afford. Their crossover acts as the happy median and everybody is satisfied. But are they really? Their crossover compromise in every imaginable sense. Suzie misses the cheap fuel bill their sedan provided and Joe wishes for better control when taking Interstate off-ramps. But they pretend to be happy because they don’t know any better. In reality, Joe and Suzie should have bought the Cruze Hatchback. Stick with me on this…

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The 2017 Chevy Cruze is No Missile

The 2017 Chevy Cruze is No Missile

Somehow it feels slower than the first-generation Cruze

This week finds a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback sitting in my driveway, which is honestly exciting. Sure, it’s no supercar or attention-grabbing luxury barge, but it’s the successor to my wife’s car, a 2012 Chevy Cruze LT. Being slightly self-serving, the wife and I went for a drive to see how the new Cruze stacks up. Who knows, perhaps the new Cruze Hatch could satisfy her craving for a crossover with more room. Things were going well, but it didn’t take long to discover the new Cruze feels doggishly slow.

How can this be? Chevy reengineered the Cruze from the lugnuts up for 2016 with a lighter chassis and lighter drivetrain components, including the supposedly more powerful 1.4-liter EcoTec four-cylinder turbo. Those changes carry over to the new-for-2017 Cruze Hatchback, including the all-aluminum EcoTec’s 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Her Cruze’s iron-block 1.4-liter turbo only makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Chevy says the Cruze Hatch weighs roughly 2,900 pounds. That’s a big reduction from the 2012 Cruze’s curb weight of 3,126 pounds. So what gives?

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS - Driven

2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS - Driven

Sleeker, smaller, snappier...and slower-selling?

The Chevrolet Cruze was not hurting for fans. As its first generation neared the end of its run in 2014, Cruze sales reached their high point, with more than 273,000 copies sold. Curious, then, that the Cruze suffered a setback in sales when it was redesigned in 2016 for the 2017 model year. Having spent a week with it recently, I can say that confuses me. The Cruze got sexy new sheet metal, a more-efficient powertrain, a new hatchback model, and improved ride and handling when it was redesigned. Yet, it sold fewer than 200,000 copies for the first time ever in 2016, if you don’t count its late introduction in 2010 when it was on sale for just three months. So, what gives?

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan Becomes Most Efficient Non-Hybrid In America

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan Becomes Most Efficient Non-Hybrid In America

Finally a Cruze that’s supposed to burn oil!

The Chevy Cruze entered its second generation for the 2016 model year and came correct with a redesigned exterior that gives it a sportier look while maintaining the look of an everyday family sedan. Supported by an all-new architecture known as the D2 FWD, the new Cruze shed up to 250 pounds and gained an inch in the wheelbase department. The car itself is more aerodynamic, offers better fuel efficiency, and comes with extra space inside over the last-gen model. But, more important, was the new engine that displaces 1.4-liters and delivers 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That was the only engine on the list for U.S. customers… until now. Chevy has finally announced the diesel-powered Chevy Cruze, and it packs a fair 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque with a 1.6-liter four-banger in tow.

Power output isn’t the reason we’re here today, though. The reason we’re here today is that diesel engine can deliver an EPA-estimated 52 mpg on the highway when paired with a six-speed manual transmission. But, it’s not all peaches and cream here, as in-city driving is rated at just 30 mpg, giving this Cruze diesel with the manual an EPA combined rating of 37 mpg. There’s also Chevy’s new nine-speed automatic that manages to pull 47 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city, also leading to a combined rating of 37 mpg combined.

As far as comparisons go, it won’t beat out your everyday hybrid in combined rating or city rating, but that figure of 52 mpg on the highway is better than that of the Toyota Prius C at 43 mpg on the highway, and the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, which achieves 48 mpg on the highway. The Prius Eco beats it out by just one mpg on the highway. Needless to say, this is a pretty big deal for Chevy customers who spend more time on the highway than anywhere else.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Redline Edition

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Redline Edition

Available for both sedan and hatchback models, but only in LT trim

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Cruze represents a massive upgrade over the previous model. Sportier and more elegant on the outside, the new Cruze also boasts a roomier interior with better materials that give it a near-premium feel. The new D2XX platform, shared with the Chevy Volt and Equinox and the Opel Astra, as well as the turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine also deliver a more dynamic feel and enhanced fuel economy. Come 2017 and the Cruze receives the Redline Edition treatment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Launched alongside similar special-edition versions of the Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Colorado, and Silverado, the Cruze Redline Edition is essentially the production version of several almost production-ready concepts showcased throughout 2015 and 2016. The aim is to give potential Cruze customers a few customization options, a feat that’s pretty rare in the non-premium compact segment. On the other hand, the package isn’t available on all trims, which means you need a solid budget to take a Redline Edition home.

Chevrolet has yet to announce when the Cruze Redline Edition will hit dealerships, but said that all these models will become available for purchase by the end of 2017. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what this special-edition version brings to the table.

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Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Available on Camaro, Colorado, and Silverado, among others

Chevrolet is taking the 2017 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than the nine cars under the Redline special-edition badge. First shown in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Redline package found its way on nine cars, trucks, and crossovers.

The vehicles that benefit from the bundle and are on display in Chicago are the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS Trax LT, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, and Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71. The Cruze LT Redline is available in both sedan and hatchback versions, while the Camaro LT/SS Redline can be had both coupe and convertible body styles.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline models are fitted with black wheels with distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles, and black Chevrolet "bowtie" logos. Customers can also opt for red tow hooks on Silverado and Colorado trucks and unique black hash marks above the front wheels on Camaro pony cars.

The Silverado Redline is already available for purchase, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for the rest of the lineup to become available. Chevrolet says that all Redline cars will be dealerships by the end of the 2017 calendar year. Pricing information is not yet available.

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Chevrolet Offers New Array Of Performance Parts

Chevrolet Offers New Array Of Performance Parts

Chevy continues to grow its dealer parts catalog

General Motors, and more specifically Chevrolet, perhaps the largest list of dealer-supplied parts and accessories available for its vehicles. The list ranges from floor mats to complete small-block V-8 engines with transmissions and computers attached. Well, the list is growing longer with Chevy’s new crop of performance parts available at your hometown dealership.

“Our street-level performance parts and accessories are designed, engineered and tested to the same standards as production components for uncompromising quality, fit and durability,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

Though this is news we expected to be SEMA related, Chevy actually had journalists drive both stock and modified versions of cars at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. The car lineup included the Camaro, Cruze Hatchback, Colorado, and Silverado. The modified cars were driven back-to-back with the stock examples to demonstrate the differences.

“With Chevrolet performance parts and accessories, you’re buying peace of mind along with great performance and styling,” said Mark Dickens, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports Engineering. “Importantly, the new-vehicle warranty remains intact when the accessories and performance parts are installed by a Chevrolet dealer.”

Dickens does have a very good point. GM parts installed by a GM technician are all kosher with GM’s new-vehicle warranty. That’s a big difference from aftermarket products that can oftentimes void new-vehicle warranties, leaving customers having to cover repairs out of pocket.

We’ve got the full list of parts and accessories below, so keep reading for more.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line

2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line

A mild interpretation of the Cruze’s customized potential

The annual SEMA show is just around the corner, and with its imminent arrival comes a long lineup of spruced-up, tricked-out, customized automobiles to ogle and lust after. The latest batch comes from Chevrolet, which just announced plans to drop cover on more than 20 individual models at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Among them are two new examples from the Blue Line series, including the 2017 Cruze RS five-door you see here. Bearing both concept-exclusive and production-ready accessories, the Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line is a mild upgrade over the stock vehicle, and will arrive in Vegas with new exterior styling components, a snazzier interior, a few extra horses under the hood, and crisper handling.

All in all, the hatch is pretty unremarkable compared to the average SEMA car, but it does do a decent job in showing off the Bowtie’s catalogue of accessories. If you’re a Chevy Cruze hatchback owner, then this thing might provide the inspiration needed to start modding.

Either way, Chevy says it’ll debut the Blue Line’d Cruze as a means to test the waters and see how the public reacts. You’ll have to wait until November 1st for the full public reveal, but for now, check out our review for the details.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The Cruze for the carry-all crowd

Chevrolet has announced its newest model ahead of the 2016 North American International Auto show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Technically already roaming other parts of the globe, the Cruze Hatchback is making its first appearance in the U.S. thanks to spreading acceptance and growing sales of hatchbacks in the States.

“With nine percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”

The hatchback version of Chevy’s best-selling global car rides on the same all-new platform found under the 2016 Cruze. It also features the same vastly improved interior, updated powertrain, and continues undercutting the previous Cruze’s curb weight.

The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will offer all the same high-tech features as its sedan brother, as well, including MyLink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, heated seats front and rear, a heated steering wheel, projector-beam headlights with LED accents, and an interior that features French stitching and available leather surfaces.

In the safety department, the Cruze Hatchback offers Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist. Parents can even keen an eye their teen driver with the available Teen Driver feature, which provides driving statistics.

Update 06/16/2016: Chevrolet has announced prices for the 2017 Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190, making it $195 more expensive than the Cruze LT sedan. The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will go on sale in the fall of 2016.

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Tron Legacy Edition

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Tron Legacy Edition

One-off showpiece created to promote Disney Shanghai Resort opening

Chevrolet has made its presence felt at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, but it’s not for the reasons you might think. Sure, SUVs and electric cars have dominated the scene in Auto China, but the American automaker brought one car that’s neither SUV nor electric. You might recognize it as a Chevrolet Cruze and while it is a Cruze for all intents and purposes, it’s actually a one-off, showpiece that’s been inspired by the 2011 movie Tron: Legacy.

Unofficially, it’s called the Chevrolet Cruze Tron Legacy Edition and it’s a product of a collaboration between Chevrolet and The Walt Disney Company China. So what is a car with ties to Mickey Mouse doing in a place like Auto China? It’s actually simple. For those who may be unaware, Disney’s latest theme park – Shanghai Disney Resort – will be making its grand opening on June 16, 2016. For its part, Chevrolet is the official automotive partner of the theme park and so, to commemorate Disney’s latest theme park – and first in China – Chevy and the Walt Disney Company China teamed up to create the Cruze Legacy Tron Edition as a tribute to both Disney itself and the 2011 sci-fi movie.

True to its roots, the Cruze Legacy Tron Edition is littered with styling nods to the iconic light cycles that were used in the movie. The exterior and interior of the Cruze both received the same two-tone, metallic blue on black finish, the same two colors associated to the light cycles. It may not be the most important vehicle that has been showcased in Auto China, but for the purposes of raising awareness and driving up publicity ahead of Disney Shanghai Resort’s highly anticipated opening in June 2016, the Cruze Tron Legacy Edition might as well be the only car of consequence to show up in Beijing.

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Second-gen sedan gets new looks, turbocharged engine

The Chevy Cruze is essentially GM’s modern version of the Chevy Cavalier here in the U.S. It replaced the Chevy Cobalt in 2008 and saw two updates before being redesigned for the 2016 model year. When the second-generation Cruze debuted for the North American market, it grew in length and width and came with sportier styling cues. The most dominate change came in the form of new headlights, a reshaped nose and new character lines on the sides. On the inside, there is a little more room thanks to the slightly larger size. The infotainment system has been upgraded to Chevy’s second-generation MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay as standard equipment. Furthermore, the car now comes with heated seats in the front and rear as well as a heated steering wheel. Under the hood, we see more improved as Chevy is now offering the Cruze with a 1.4-liter engine that delivers 153 horsepower, 177 pound-feet of torque, and offers a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg.

The second-generation Cruze also brought a change to the lineup as well. The L and LS trim levels carry over, and the LT trim is now a combination of the LT1 and LT2 trims from the previous generation. The LTZ trim was also dropped in favor of the Premier trim as the range-topping model. A six-speed manual will be the only transmission available for the base, L trim. A six-speed manual and a six speed automatic will be available for LS and LT trims, while the Premier trim will be stuck with just the six-speed automatic.

The second-generation model is also spawning a hatchback variant that should be coming for the 2017 model year, and there is still a lot to discuss about this generation as well. With that said, let’s dive on into all the juicy details and see what the 2016 Cruze is all about.

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Chevrolet Launches Active Phone Cooling - Wow!

Chevrolet Launches Active Phone Cooling - Wow!

Chevrolet has solved a problem that very few people outside of Death Valley, the Sahara Desert or Venus even knew existed: cell phones overheating in cars.

You’ve probably seen spy shots on these pages of camouflaged cars testing in the world’s hottest deserts and above the Arctic Circle. Apparently, Chevrolet quality assurance engineers were testing wireless charging functionality for cell phones in hotter climates when they noticed their phones would frequently overheat and shut down during wireless charging, which potentially stranded them in the desert like Jim Morrison searching for his spirit animal.

That last part probably never happened, but evidently, cell phone manufacturers don’t put their products through the same exhaustive temperature tests as car manufacturers do.

To rectify the issue, Chevy is introducing a new Active Phone Cooling system in a few new cars, including 2016 Chevrolet Impalas, 2016 Chevrolet Malibus, 2016 Chevrolet Volts and 2016 Chevrolet Cruzes equipped the with optional wireless charging feature. An air vent connected to the air conditioner is situated under the wireless charging bin and continuously sends cool air to lower the phone’s temperature.

“Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel,” Impala engineer Dan Lascu says of the system. “Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem.”

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Next Generation Chevrolet Cruze Will Also Be Offered As A Hatchback

Next Generation Chevrolet Cruze Will Also Be Offered As A Hatchback

For some time, car enthusiasts in the U.S. have been clamoring for more fun and affordable compact hatchbacks, and now is the time to put up or shut up. Joining the already long list of compact hatchbacks, it is being reported that the all-new second-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be offered as both a hatchback and a sedan. Although the Cruze has only been a sedan thus far in the U.S., other markets have had access to the Cruze as a hatchback and a station wagon.

The report comes from Automotive News, which cited three attendees of a recent dealer meeting in Las Vegas, who said that a hatchback version of the next-gen Cruze was revealed under secrecy. It is also being reported that the hatchback shown was listed as a 2016 model, so it isn’t clear if Chevy will launch the sedan and hatchback at the same time or wait until after the sedan goes on sale to introduce the five-door. This latter scenario is what happen with the current Cruze as the sedan was first rolled out before the hatchback and then the station wagon joined the lineup.

Chevrolet will introduce the second-gen this week, and while we’ve only seen spy shots of the car, it will have the same basic shape as the redesigned Cruze that launched last year in China. This new design will essentially leave the new Cruze sedan looking like a shrunken version of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, so it will be interesting to see how well the swoopy new design language lends itself to a hatchback body style.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept

2014 Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept

The Chevrolet Cruze isn’t exactly what you’d call a high-performance model. It’s actually far from one, even if you slap an “RS” badge in it. But it is a popular model in North America; Chevy even calls it the ‘cornerstone’ of its North American small-car lineup. The Cruze certainly has a lot of appeal, especially for first-time car buyers. That’s exactly why Chevrolet is presenting the Cruze RS Plus Concept at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

The Cruze RS Plus Concept is an “imagine the possibilities” take on the compact sedan. Imagine if you dress it up in this color; imagine if you put this and that material on the interior; and imagine if you add a performance-enhancing Stage Kit to its 1.4-liter, turbo engine. These are all scenarios Chevrolet put together in one package, resulting in the Cruze RS Plus Concept.

Whether or not the American automaker has plans to offer it for production is the question at hand. The company didn’t specify its plans, but considering the new options it presented as part of the whole package, I’d be surprised if we don’t see it offered in dealerships soon.

Hopefully, the Cruze’s status as Chevy’s “cornerstone” small-car is enough reason to justify these new options being made available to the public.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Drops Some Camouflage

It’s no secret that General Motors has been working on a update for the hot selling Chevrolet Cruze. We’ve seen spy shots of camo-covered Cruzes before, but none have been so revealing as these.

Looking past the digital zebra print, it’s apparent the 2015 makeover will be fairly extensive. The windshield is more steeply raked, while the rear roof section gets a more coupe-like fall towards the C-pillars. The front fascia is much lower and pointed than before with a more aggressive stance. The larger, reshaped grille starts a belt line that runs over the headlights, through the finders, and circles around to the rear taillights. The exterior door handles have been repositioned further up, integrating within the belt line.

Out back, reworked taillights look more detailed, while the third brake light is been moved to the trunk lid in the from of an LED light bar. The rear fascia is more detailed as well with a black, non-functional spoiler at its base.

The interior of the 2015 Cruze is said to be much more upmarket with a new, large touchscreen and revamped multifunction steering wheel. Stitching and chrome accents abound on the instrument panel and then carry throughout the cabin. Also visible is an “Eco Mode” button, a voice command button, and a lane-departure activation switch. Park assist looks to be among the switchgear as well.

Unfortunately for U.S. buyers, the Cruze will likely go on sale in other countries a few months before production ramps up within the two U.S. plants. General Motor rolled out the current Cruze in the same manner in order to deplete dealer inventory of older models the Cruze was replacing.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Reveals its Interior

This isn’t the first time we’ve caught the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze out testing, but this is the first time that we managed to snop off a few pictures of its interior. Though the shots of the Cruze’s interior are not complete, we still have to say that we like what we’re looking at so far.

As revealed by these spy shots, it looks like the 2015 Cruze will get a new, large touchscreen, a new multi-function steering wheel, a stitched dash and plenty of chrome accents throughout the cabin. It looks like the Cruze will also feature an additional "Eco" mode, and will come equipped with park-assist sensors, a voice-recognition system and possibly a lane-departure warning system.

GM will build the 2015 Cruze — codenamed "D2SC" — on its new Delta chassis that it will share with several other cars, including the next Volt, Equinox and Opel Astra. We know very little else about the new Cruze up to this point, but we do expect it to get a lineup of improved engines that will focus on reducing fuel consumption.

For the U.S. market, the 2015 Cruze will go into production in late 2014 at the Lordstown assembly plant.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

The Chevy Cruze was the second-best selling car in the U.S. in June 2013, just behind the Toyota Camry and up 73 percent versus the previous June. Something about this little car is suddenly resonating with consumers since its arrival as a 2010 model across the globe.

The 2014 Cruze is largely carryover aside from a new turbo-diesel engine option that can deliver huge fuel economy for only about $1,500 extra. And this isn’t your d9iesel engine from the 1990s, as this economical four-pot sprints nearly as well as the gasoline-powered models.

The rest of the line is still going strong with Eco trim levels for the 1.4-liter turbo and an RS package available on top LT and LTZ models that includes special wheels, badging, bumpers, a spoiler and sill extensions.

What buyers are discovering is an affordable four-door car with mechanical refinement the previous Cobalt and Cavalier couldn’t achieve even when turned off and in park. This latest Chevrolet compact sedan is highly dependent on specification and is pretty grim inside on the cheapest $18,000 models but very respectable in LT auto trim from about $20,500.

These better-equipped Cruzes come with a deep features and tech list that includes a Pioneer audio upgrade, MyLink with backup camera and navigation and even enhanced active safety pack that includes rear parking sensors, cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot assist.

All this in a cheap and reliable car is a strong incentive when many buyers are spending serious money to keep their older cars on the road with costly repairs. The Cruze presents a reliable package, but is that enough to fend off the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla? How about the VW Jetta TDI?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze lineup with highlights on desirable options and tech info on the new diesel engine.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel

Clean diesel models are just starting to make their ways into the North American market, and to everyone’s surprise, they do quite well. For example, in the first quarter of 2012, sales numbers were up 35 percent when compared to the same period of 2011 and things continue to improve.

From all diesel units sold in the USA last year, a total of 44 percent where the Jetta TDI, a pretty astounding result, considering this is about half of a market that offers about 25 clean diesel models, which experts say will double by 2017.

The first step into this direction was made at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show where Chevy unveiled the new Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel - not a big surprise considering Cruze is Chevrolet’s hottest-selling sedan.

The model will be put on sale at a starting price at $25,695, which is about $2,500 more than the Jetta TDI priced at $23,055.

UPDATE 6/12/2013: This review has been updated with the official drivetrain specifications. Surprisingly, they are significantly better than GM originally estimated.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze

2015 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze finally makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show and while we initially thought that Chevy was preparing a next-generation model, it’s now been confirmed that this model instead carries mild modifications that allows the Cruze to now be more in line with its big brothers, the Impala and the Malibu.

But there’s no reason to be dissappointed, at least if you were expecting an all-new Cruze with a whole lot of changes. The 2015 refresh still has some noticeable changes that only makes the sedan that much more appealing. A new front section is the biggest change from the 2014 model but it’s really all the new technological goodies that really separates the new model.

Needless to say, Chevrolet took that age old "if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it" approach on the 2015 Cruze. Based from what we’ve seen so far, it looks like a smart decision.

Updated 04/14/2014: The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will make its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show in just a few days, but the first official details were already dropped.

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze WTCC China Edition

2013 Chevrolet Cruze WTCC China Edition

If you needed any more proof of the burgeoning auto gold mine that China is fast becoming, don’t look any further than Chevrolet releasing a special edition Cruze in that market.

We get limited run exotics and the supercar variety, but a Cruze? It’s not exactly the first model you’ll think of when releasing a special edition model in China. But that’s the kind of growth the Chinese market has had in recent years, enough for automakers like Chevy to green light a unique variant for a mid-size car like Cruze.

In any case, the Cruze WTCC Edition was designed to celebrate Chevrolet’s success in the WTCC racing series. The car itself carries race-inspired graphics and a slew of new body kit components that include a new rear bumper, modified side skirts, and a truck-mounted spoiler. Looking at the overall product,

As far as the engine goes, the Cruze WTCC Edition comes with a choice of powertrains, including a 1.6-liter gas engine that produces 115 horsepower and 111 pounds-per-feet of torque and a more powerful 1.8-liter gas engine that delivers 145 horsepower and 130 pounds-per-feet of torque.

For a chance to own one, you’ll have to be in China with 123,900 yuan, or about $20,000, to spend.

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze Upscale Concept

2013 Chevrolet Cruze Upscale Concept

At first glance, you may think that the Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t have much tuning potential. However, at the recently ended 2012 SEMA Show, Chevrolet set out to prove the opposite, as its Cruze Upscale Concept moves the compact sedan up a few rungs on the luxury ladder.

Chevy coated the Cruze Upscale Concept in Burnished Brandy Metallic paint, then added in Black Ice exterior trim, giving it a deep and luxurious finish. Next came a set of rocker and fascia extensions, and a set of 19-inch aluminum wheels in Black Ice. Dark-tinted windows and headlamps give the car an even smoother look.

Inside the Cruze’s cabin, Chevrolet combined brown leather with yellow stitching on the seats and steering wheel. The steering wheel is wrapped in Loft Brown and DK Atmosphere leather, as are the door and instrument panels.

To improve the car’s driving dynamics Chevrolet also added an adjustable coilover suspension kit, four-piston front brake calipers, and two-piece vented and drilled rotors.

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Chevy Exiting the WTC Championship After 2012

Chevy Exiting the WTC Championship After 2012

Chevrolet popped into the FIA World Touring Car Championship in 2005 with a fully modified Lacetti and was a near immediate success. In 2008, Chevy switched over to a modified Cruze and the wins kept coming. Actually, Chevy pretty much dominated the series for eight years, taking home the checkered flag in 59 races, taking home two drivers’ championships, and two constructors’ championships.

Despite all of its success, Chevy has chosen to end its stay in this not-so-popular racing series following the 2012 season. This comes as quite a surprise, given the fact that Chevy once again leads the drivers’ championship and constructors’ championship boards this year. Rarely does a manufacturer have such success in a series and chooses to pull out so sudden.

A silver lining to this announcement is that it is just mid-season, so all of its drivers and other various workers can try to find work elsewhere in the series or maybe in other racing series. With all of the success it has had, we are willing to bet that all of the employees and drivers on this team will have no trouble at all finding work, and some may even move onto bigger and better things.

The exact reasoning for Chevy pulling out was not given. We can connect dots pretty well and when you have a brand that is struggling to sell in Europe, despite its success in a European racing series, it is obvious that pouring money into said European racing series is throwing good money after bad.

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon

The run-up leading to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is becoming fast and feverish and now, Chevrolet is joining the party with preparations for the unveiling of the Chevrolet Cruze Wagon.

They’ve just offered the first look at the vehicle, although it’s not much of a look considering that it’s one image of the rear end of the car. Nonetheless, it does give us a good idea of the extended wheelbase of the Cruze Wagon, as well as the accompanying new rear styling of the vehicle.

Not much has gone in the way of details, but the wagon variant does follow in the footsteps of the sedan and hatchback versions, which have become popular sellers since the model was launched a few years ago.

As far as aesthetics go, the Cruze Wagon measures 4,675 mm (184.1 inches) in length, with a total storage space of 500 liters (146.5 cubic feet) to the window line and nearly 1,500 liters (424.5 cubic feet) up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down. In terms of design, the Cruze Wagon has a remodeled front fascia, modified head-lamp interiors and fog lamps, new wheel styles, and as with most wagons go, there’s also the presence of roof racks. For the interior, Cruze models get refinements to the center console and a greater choice of seat finishes, as well as keyless entry and MyLink, a brand-new Chevrolet infotainment system. MyLink connects with your smartphone to display personal playlists, photo galleries, phone books, videos, and other stored media and data to a seven-inch diagonal high-resolution full-color touch-screen.

The Chevrolet Cruze Wagon, as with all of the Cruze variants, will be powered by a range of engines, including the current 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines, a new 1.4L turbo gasoline, a new 1.7L diesel, and an improved 2.0L diesel engine.

All the official numbers, as well as the full details surrounding the Cruze Wagon will be divulged at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Dusk

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Dusk

The upcoming Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec is the more tuned-up Cruze that will be headed to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. On the flip side, another Cruze will be going to the show, too. Only this time, it’s a little more subdued than the Z-Spec Concept.

This model is called the Chevrolet Cruze Dusk and just like counterpart, the Sonic Dusk, the list of modifications come with subtle and sophisticated improvements, including a mild concept ground effects package. The Cruze Dusk also receives a fresh new grille, as well as a new set of dark-tinted wheels.

Inside, the modified Cruze sedan gets an all-new interior trim kit, new custom seat inserts, a suede-trimmed steering wheel, an accessory shift knob, sports pedals, and an overhauled audio system.

The modifications done on the Cruze sedan may not be as extensive as other models we’ll see at SEMA, but rest assured, it still has enough to turn a few heads in Las Vegas.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec

As one of Chevrolet’s most popular cars on the market today, the Cruze compact sedan has developed quite a following over the past few years. So with its popularity continuously ascending, it was an obvious choice for Chevrolet to bring a couple of customized models to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

One of the models is the Chevrolet Cruze Z-Spec. You might recall that a year ago, Chevy rolled out the Cruze Z-Spec Concept at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show. That particular model came with its share of accessories, including a full plastic bodykit made up of front and rear bumper add-ons, side skirts, and a rear spoiler.

This particular model, on the other hand, will carry its own set of custom parts, including a high-flow grille, an accessory spoiler, a new stripe package, and a set of 18" custom wheels. Inside, the modifications done on the car comprise of a new steering wheel, special seat inserts, a racing-style pedal kit, an accessory shift knob, and a unique interior trim, among others.

There’s no indication as to whether this particular Cruze Z-Spec will be anything like the one we saw last year, but the good news is that we won’t have to wait too long to find out. The 2011 SEMA Auto Show opens its doors on November 1, giving us only a few sleepless nights to ponder over it.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Tijn Edition

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Tijn Edition

By our count, this is the fourth teaser image of a Tijn Edition vehicle headed for the SEMA Auto Show. Following in the footsteps of the Ford Mustang, Ford Explorer, and Honda Civic SI, the latest installment of ’Tijn Teasers’ features a sneak peek of a Chevrolet Cruze.

It’s only a teaser photo, although it’s one that has definitely gotten our attention. The GM sedan is dressed in a customized Dupont Sunburst Yellow paint finish and comes with a slew of modifications, including a new LED headlight set-up courtesy of Light Wurkz, as well as a new set of blue 19" Rotiform TMB wheels wrapped around Falked tires with matching yellow 6P Baer brakes. Inside, the Tijn Edition dressed up the Cruze with black leather seats and a new comprehensive audio set-up.

Tijn Edition also announced that the Cruze, just like the rest of its SEMA-bound buddies, will come with a massive performance upgrade. Details on that have yet to be revealed, but we expect it to be something in the realm of the ridonkulous, which is on par with what Tijn Edition has done with their previous projects.

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Woodward Dream Cruise 2011 ready to hit the road

Woodward Dream Cruise 2011 ready to hit the road

Anybody that has ever had an appreciation of classic cars knows that the annual Woodward Dream Cruise is one of the can’t-miss events of the calendar year.

Held annually at Michigan’s legendary Woodward Avenue, the world’s largest classic car cruise is shaping up to have another memorable 2011 staging, complete with over 30,000 classic vehicles and an attendance that’s expected to reach well over 1.5 million people.

This year, the Chevrolet-sponsored event will be held on August 20th when you’ll see some of your favorite cars in history. An event like this brings out all types of cars from different generations. You name it, it’s there: from hot rods, classic cars, muscle cars, rat rods, art cars, TV cars, and everything else in between. In fact, at least one of every type of Mustang model made since the car debuted in April 1964 will be in attendance, as well as the Shelby GT500, both street and racing versions of the Boss 302, and the Mustang GT and V6 Coupe with performance package. Getting back to the main sponsor, Chevrolet, the Detroit-based company is bringing many cars from their past, present, and future, including the Cruze, Camaro, Corvette, Volt, Sonic, and ZL1 Camaro.

If you happen to be in the area this weekend, you’ll get a first-hand look at some of those classic rides that you’ll have the chance to check off of your bucket list. But if you’re not within the vicinity, you can still keep up-to-date with the latest happenings courtesy of the event’s official radio station, 104.3 WOMC. Head over to the WOMC website and find out everything you need to know about the Woodward Dream Cruise 2011.

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Super Bowl Ad: Chevrolet breaks the bank with a fleet of commercials

Super Bowl Ad: Chevrolet breaks the bank with a fleet of commercials

It must be a good sign for the auto industry to see so many car brands coming out with their own commercials for the Super Bowl. We don’t know how much each commercial spot costs but we heard it’s somewhere around $2 million, making Super Bowl Sunday one of the most important, if not THE most important day of the year in the advertising circles.

For their part, Chevrolet spared no expense with the number of commercials they made specifically for the Super Bowl. Centered on the tag line "Chevy Runs Deep", each ad features a marketing spot for a number of Chevy-branded vehicles, including the Cruze, Cruze Eco, Volt, Camaro, and Silverado HD with a number of unique plots for each of the ads.

We’re not going to spoil anything, but we do have to say that Chevy hit some funny bones with their ads. Out personal favorites include "Tommy" and "Status", with "Ms. Evelyn" also places right up there for the all the meaty guys watching the game.

Check all the ads after the jump and get your fix of all of them before watching the game. At least you’ll be ahead on some of your friends on that department.

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Chevy Cruze Nets Double World Championship

Chevy Cruze Nets Double World Championship

The 22nd and final round of the coveted WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) was held in the gambling hub of Macau this weekend, setting the stage for a Chevrolet world-first. The Chevy Cruze race cars went down in history by being the first ever Chevrolet or GM race outfit to win a double Championship in any FIA sanctioned World Championship series.

After finishing second in Race 1 at Macau, Yvan Muller took the Championship with 331 points – a full 55 points clear of his nearest rival, Gabriele Tarquini. The weekend proved to have a fairy tale ending to what was a stellar season for the Cruze race cars, finishing on the podium in no less than 21 of the 22 races, also ensuring Chevy the constructors’ title for 2010.

Credit also needs to go to Mullers teammates Alain Manu and Rob Huff for their performances this weekend and throughout the season. Unfortunately for Huff, he finished tied on points with Tarquini for second place in the championship, but had to cede the runner up spot to the Italian due to his higher number of victories during the season.

The competition was stiff from other manufacturers that included SEAT diesels and the BMW 320si, making Chevy’s achievement all the more satisfying.

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2010 Chevy Cruze Z-Spec Concept

2010 Chevy Cruze Z-Spec Concept

The Cruze already has a pretty decent “globalized” look to it from the factory that is better than the outgoing Cobalt. Sold in over 60 countries worldwide, this car represents a sizable part of GM’s global market share, meaning it has to be very good to meet the demands of consumers – and it is. The 1.4 liter turbocharged 4-pot under the bonnet provides sufficient power whilst still maintaining great gas mileage. But as we on TopSpeed know, like anything else from the factory, it could be better, and that’s why the Z-Spec Concept has been created.

Chevrolet wanted to create a unique showcase of an Americanized, sporty-looking Cruze, fitted with a range of factory-engineered parts to set it apart from your average model. More and more people are customizing their vehicles and Chevy have now created a means for their customers to do so through the Z-Spec. One of the cool features apart from the additions to the car itself, is that all these accessories are available as optional parts from your dealer, meaning you can build their cost into your monthly repayments. We particularly like that.

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Holden Tuning Company HSV Working On Hot-Cruze

Holden Tuning Company HSV Working On Hot-Cruze

While drivers in the United States still love their larger vehicles, the rest of the world is driving around in hatchbacks and wagons. Chevrolet might be attempting to capitalize on this with the Cruze five-door in the land of vegemite and kangaroos, Australia.

The base Cruze will likely feature a few four-cylinder petrols and diesels, but there is a chance that Holden’s in-house tuning company, HSV, will kick it up a notch with a high-performance four-pot, although this has not been confirmed. This will mean that the Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus ST will have some competition from GM.

We don’t expect to see or hear anything from HSV for quite some time, as the company is busy making sure its V8-powered vehicles will be able to survive in the future. We hope to hear something soon on the Cruze HSV, although Americans won’t ever be able to drive it.

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Chevrolet Cruze Ads Are Warming Up

Chevrolet Cruze Ads Are Warming Up

As with any new car, we can expect to see ads popping up like zits on a teenager’s face. The new ads for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze are just starting to appear on the web, which means it won’t be long until we see them on TV.

As of late, GM has a history of attacking other manufacturers, mostly Toyota and Honda, in its advertisements. This time it’s not different, as the ad clearly targets the Corolla. The second ad that you will see isn’t an attack, but rather an overview of all the positive things that have been said about the new kid on the block.

Frankly, we’re just happy that it’s Tim Allen doing the commercials this time and not Howie Long, as those were painfully bad. Expect see the ads hit the television waves sometime in the near future.

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Chevrolet releases online configurator for the Cruze

Chevrolet releases online configurator for the Cruze

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze won’t turn heads as a road-burning machine, but when it comes to a car that comes with a fuel-economy calling card, you can’t do any better than this compact sedan.

And if you’ve got a taste for online configurators, you’re in luck because Chevrolet recently released the configurator for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze for you to go crazy on. You can opt for the basic LS model that comes with a price tag of just a nickel under $17,000 - $16,995, to be exactly. But if you’re willing to splurge on the car, you can click a myriad of features to put on the Cruze, including an RS appearance package, a sunroof, navigation system, and a spare tire to boot. All these add-ons could spike up the price of the car to $26,800, an increase of 10 grand over the basic model but still cheap enough to make it a little worth it.

Then again, all of this is subject to your imaginations so you might as well go the whole nine yards in configurating your virtual Cruze.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Although not many Americans fancy themselves hatchback lovers, Europeans just so happen to love some five-door automotive action. With these types of people in mind, Chevrolet has unveiled the first details on the hatchback version for the new Cruze which we heard about a few days ago when their Australian brother, Holden, let it slip during an interview. Its official debut will be made at the Paris Motor Show with sales in Europe beginning in mid 2011.

In order to transform the Cruze into a lean, mean hatchback machine, Chevrolet has built it on the new body-frame integral system (BFI) which offers high levels of stability and solidity. The vehicle will also change with the help of a sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs at the front and rear of the car. This new format allows for 400 liters cargo capacity and 60/40 split rear seating.

Chevrolet did not announced the engine line-up, but we expect to see the same choices as in the sedan version: a Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine, standard on the LT and LTZ models, and an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder engine for the LS models.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, knows that, when it comes to Europeans, the money is in a good hatchback. He says, " Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe."

Prices for the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will be released closer to its actual launch date.

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Chevrolet will bring Cruze hatchback to Paris

Chevrolet will bring Cruze hatchback to Paris

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze was unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Motor Show and Chevrolet will make good use of the next major motor show, the Paris Auto Show, by revealing the hatchback version for the latest model in their line-up. A first concept version of the hatchback Cruze will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and will most likely be followed by a production version.

The confirmation was made by the maker’s Australian brother, Holden: "There will be some exciting news coming out of the Paris motor show and the Chevy reveals for the Australian market." However, Holden would only say that it was too early to confirm the presence of the Cruze five-door at the Paris show, preferring to leave official announcements to Chevrolet .

The production version will be built on the Delta II platform and will be revealed in the second half of 2011.

We have to remind you that at the same show, we will also see production versions of the Chevrolet Aveo and theChevrolet Orlando.

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GM Engineers Make Music With Chevrolet Cruze

GM Engineers Make Music With Chevrolet Cruze

So this is what happens when you allow engineers to do whatever they please. Left alone with the new Chevrolet Cruze, they began to make sweet music with different areas of the new sedan that will look to put General Motors back into the midsize segment.

If you’re interested in watching a few engineers clown around, but at the same time see how stuff works, than this video is for you. From the doors to the trunk to the wipers, nothing is off limits to these guys.

Apparently, the video was shot at the Milford Proving Grounds in what looks to be a bunker. It also looks as if the video is attempting to show us that the Cruze has sensational build quality, unlike previous GM sedans. It’s a pretty good attempt, as the video is entertaining and informative at the same time.

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2010 Chevrolet Cruze CS

2010 Chevrolet Cruze CS

Chevrolet UK has unveiled a new CS race-inspired option pack for the Cruze sedan today. It will be available for all trim levels and engine variants and adds a price of £1,595 over the sedan’s price total. The new Cruze CS will be available starting mid July.

The CS package includes 18-inch white multi-spoke alloy wheels, lowered suspension, a boot spoiler, unique CS graphics, and matching tailored carpet mats. These options are added to the standard follow-me-home lighting, remote central locking, a CD-radio system with auxiliary input, premium soft-touch interior plastics, and electric windows.

For the UK market, the Cruze is offered in three trim levels: S, LS and LT. It also comes in three engine versions: 1.6 S with a total output of 113 HP, 1.8 liter, or a 2.0 liter diesel powerplant. The engines can be coupled to a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet will bring the production version of the 2011 Cruze at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week. The new compact sedan will be offered in three different trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ and will go on sale in the third quarter of 2010.

The Cruze’s exterior is characterized by a a two-tier grille with Chevy logo, prominent headlamps, a sculpted hood, as well as a short rear deck typically found on sports coupes. On the interior Chevrolet opted for a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit matched with high-quality materials.

The new sedan will be offered with a Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine standard on the LT and LTZ models and an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder one for the LS models. Both engines can be coupled to a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Updated 06/03/2010: Chevrolet today announced prices for the 2011 Cruze that will go on sale in September. The new mid-size sedan will be offered in four trim levels: Cruze LS starting at $16,995, Cruze LT starting at $18,895, Cruze Eco starting at $18,895 and Cruze LTZ starting at $22,695. Depending on the trim level, standard equipment list includes: cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port with audio interface, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and remote vehicle start.

Press release after the jump.

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Chevrolet joins Oprah in the fight for a "No Phone Zone"

The leading lady in talk show history, Oprah Winfrey, has declared today National No Phone Zone Day with a special episode of her self-titled, award-winning talk show dedicated solely on this subject. The No Phone Zone campaign started a few months ago and has snowballed into a worldwide effort to stop the use of cell phones in motor vehicles. Today, Chevrolet has joined the effort providing funding for 400 PSAs dedicated to this campaign. Chevrolet will take it one step further and encourage the 77,000 General Motors employees in the U.S. to take the “No Phone Zone” pledge.

“We are proud to help Oprah raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Chevrolet Marketing. “The ‘No Phone Zone’ campaign fits our own mission to keep Chevrolet drivers, and their loved ones, as safe as possible while on the road. That’s why every Chevrolet is designed to offer peace-of-mind, with technologies to help drivers avoid crashes, and features to protect occupants in the event of a crash.”

Hit the jump for the full story, press release, and a special message from Oprah herself.

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Chevrolet Cruze by Irmscher

Chevrolet Cruze by Irmscher

The Chevrolet Cruze is a car that was created for everyday use, so sportiness is a word that doesn’t define it. Fortunately for Cruze owners, the German tuner, Irmscher, revealed a tuning package for the sedan this past weekend.

The tuner started with a few changes under the hood. Thanks to a new suspension and new exhaust silencers with elliptical twin exits, the 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine develops a total of 186HP and 466Nm at 2,300 rpm compared to the 113-141hp produced by the standard Chevy Cruze.

The package also includes: an optional boot lid spoiler, 18" alloy wheels with 225 sport tires and aluminum door sills.

This tuning package makes a lot more sense than the Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee by Irmscher that was created about nine months ago. Turning a Chevrolet Camaro into a Chevrolet Cruze, really? We think Irmscher should stick to beefing the Cruze up like they did here.

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Time-lapse video of Mallock crew creating a touring car Chevrolet Cruze

Time-lapse video of Mallock crew creating a touring car Chevrolet Cruze

Ever wonder what kind of painstaking labor goes with the production of a competition-ready World Touring Car Championship racer?

At the very least, preparations take about a few weeks to turn something like a Chevrolet Cruze into a high-powered, sticker-obsessed production car. The crew at Ray Mallock Ltd., however, can do it in just under two minutes.

Ok, that’s an exaggerated exaggeration, but this time-lapse video of the Mallock crew working on the Cruze illustrates the whole process of building a touring car in under two minutes. If you’re going to watch it, we advise you not to blink because there’s a pretty good chance that you might miss out on something pretty important.

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Cricket player Michael Vaughan art-balls Chevrolet Cruze

Cricket player Michael Vaughan art-balls Chevrolet Cruze

You’ll never mistake a professional sports athlete for having a good head on the world of art, let alone make the art themselves.

Retired England cricket captain Michael Vaughan wants you to know that it does happen and he’d be all too happy to show you that he’s exhibit number 1.

After retiring from playing cricket, Vaughan has found a new way to spend his post-playing days by becoming a self-proclaimed art-baller, which, if you don’t know, constitutes to hitting paint-soaked cricket balls at blank canvases until he finds an ‘image’ that he’s happy with.

General Motors seems to have taken a liking on Vaughan’s work that they commissioned him to make an art-ball-inspired Chevrolet Cruze. From what we’ve read, the entire project took about eight hours to make and used up about five gallons of paint. Vaughan even takes time to describe the whole process on how he became interested in art-ball and also gives us a close look at the man in cricket-swinging action.

Press Release after the jump

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS

Chevrolet’s very successful Cruze sedan will be the first model at the New York Auto Show and will include an RS package. The new RS package will be available for LT and LTZ trim levels.

The package includes unique fascias, rocker moldings, a rear spoiler, and fog lamps. The interior gets chrome accent rings in place of the standard silver finish, as well as opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through – providing a sporty nighttime appearance.

Updated 04/01/2010: Chevrolet unveiled today a video of the Cruze RS presenting the car in details. Check it out!

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Next to the Cruze RS, Chevrolet will also unveil an Eco version for the sedan at the New York Auto Show. The Chevrolet Cruze Eco is powered by a 1.4 liter Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing and will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The 1.4 liter Ecotec engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission has a fuel economy of 40 mpg on the highway. The Cruze Eco will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 10 seconds with the manual transmission and 9 seconds with the six-speed automatic.

The car is distinguished by a lower front grille air shutter, lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels, rear spoiler enhanced aerodynamics, and 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels.

Updated 04/01/2010: GM today revealed a first video for the Cruze Eco. The video presents beauty shots of the car. Check it out!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Chevrolet Cruze BTCC

2010 Chevrolet Cruze BTCC

Chevrolet is entering the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) with two Silverline Chevrolet Cruze. The cars will be prepared by the Wellingborough-based RML team, which also looks after Chevrolet’s WTCC Cruze.

"The Cruze has already shown itself to be a superb racing car in the World Touring Car Championship," said Chevrolet Managing Director, Mark Terry. "So the decision to enter it in the most high profile series in the UK was made much easier. We’re looking forward to an exciting season, and one that will raise the profile of both the Chevrolet brand, and the style and dynamic appeal of the Cruze – a car that has already proven to be a success both on and off the track."

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Can this be the Chevrolet Cruze SS?

Can this be the Chevrolet Cruze SS?

As every Chevy should, the new Cruze compact will also be available with a factory tuned high performance Super Sport package. Form the looks of things, it seems that Chevrolet of Singapore will be the first ones to offer a Cruze SS, styled along the lines of the special edition Cruze Bumblebee from the German tuning firm Irmscher with a more aggressive bumper package, a set of new rollers wrapped in sticky Falken rubber as well as reportedly illuminated skuff plates. Oh, and don’t forget the obligatory racing stripes, all for an additional $3,500 over the price of a standard Chevrolet Cruze.

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2009 Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee by Irmscher

2009 Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee by Irmscher

Created in collaboration with the tuner Irmscher, the special edition Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee pays tribute to the Bumblebee Camaro, the automotive icon that played a staring role as an Autobot in the two Transformers movies with its rally stripes and flashy running gear and will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

No matter what angle you look at the Cruze Bumblebee from, the car’s design is stunning. The new orange on black compact Chevrolet benefits from being lowered by 30 mm increasing handling performance and simply aesthetically pleasing. The mirror covers, fog light housings and rear diffuser have also been finished in the same bright shade of orange as the silver lined racing stripes. Out back the exhaust is finished off with a pair of unique stainless steel tips. Continueing the orange theme are a set of 18 inch Irmscher designed Turbo Star wheels wearing a set of sticky 225 mm wide tires, specially prepared for this unique Cruze. The Cruze Bumblebee is based on the automatic 1.8 LT version of the new Chevy and will be built upon request.

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