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Chevrolet Cruze Eco To Top 40 MPG

Should give Chevy compact segment leadership.

by on Nov.12, 2010

With a manual gearbox the 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco hits 42 mpg, 2 better than forecast.

Chevrolet believes it has rolled out a secret weapon that could get it noticed in a segment of the market long overwhelmingly dominated by import rivals such as Honda and Toyota.

The U.S. maker’s new Cruze Eco model, equipped with a manual transmission, has been rated at 42 miles per gallon by the Environmental Protection Agency, giving the 2011 Chevy a solid lead over the 35 mpg Toyota Corolla and 34 mpg Honda Civic – as well as competing compacts from Ford, Hyundai and other manufacturers.

Chevrolet is hoping to make major inroads in the compact passenger car segment with the so far well-reviews Cruze. (For’s review of the 2011 Chevy Cruze, Click Here.) The new model replaces the old Cobalt and other lackluster offerings before it that had cost General Motors dominance in the critical compact niche.

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Cruze has been praised for a variety of attributes, including both its exterior and interior design and refinement, and for its ride and handling.  But at a time when fuel prices are nudging $3.00 a gallon in much of the country – and nearing $4.00 in parts of California – fuel economy is rapidly rising on the list of consumer demands.


First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Can an American offering dominate the compact car segment?

by on Aug.02, 2010

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is positioned to challenge the Asian brands that have long dominated the compact segment.

American automakers have never been fond of small cars, products that seldom, if ever, yielded serious profits.  Sure, there’ve been a couple valiant efforts, from General Motors a list that notably includes the controversial Chevrolet Vega, but often, Detroit’s offerings have been little more than reluctant afterthoughts.

That’s reflected in the sales and market share charts which have long been dominated by Japanese imports such as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.  But could the compact car segment by ripe for a revolution?  As a well-regarded media analyst recently suggested, we may soon see a time when the best small cars on the market come from Detroit.

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While we’ll have to wait a bit to get behind the wheel of the U.S. version of Ford’s next-generation Focus, we did have some extended driving time in the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.  And what we experienced supports the idea that this new Chevy offering could displace its Japanese rivals as the benchmark to beat. (See Driving the Chevrolet Cruze – Mixing it up between the mid-size and compact segments.)