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GM Lordstown to produce diesel version of Cruze, sources say



Published: Mon, July 11, 2011 @ 7:06 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Cruze, the most-popular car in the U.S. last month, will come in a diesel version that could boost gas mileage to around 50 mpg, two people briefed on General Motors Co. product plans said today.

A diesel Cruze would help GM meet more stringent government gas mileage requirements. It also would rival the efficiency of the popular Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid, which gets 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the highway, according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The diesel Cruze won’t hit showrooms until at least 2013, according to one of the people, both of whom asked not to be identified because the company hasn’t made a formal announcement.

The people didn’t know the price of the Cruze. Cars with diesel engines generally cost more than those with gasoline engines because they are more expensive to produce.

The base version of the Cruze now starts at $16,525. The diesel Cruze would be built at GM’s factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

Read the full story Tuesday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

GOOD JOB

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2mabell(21 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

That should really help repay the over 30 billion gm still owes the taxpayers.
These are throw away cars,,whats next a cooking oil vega.Big Fail.......

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3Brit(18 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

That is good, but not clean enough. I was driving behind a car that was diesel the other day and it stinks. That is an issue. Would people really like everyone to be driving diesel? It is way too smelly and just not a solution. Certainly GM can do better than that. They are still stuck in the past and need to move ahead to something cleaner, greener and more efficient. Diesel is not a solution and it isn't a new idea. Just an old idea that didn't work and wasn't good in the past and still isn't good enough.

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4big97redtj(16 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm proud of GM to finally come out with a diesel. Now if we can only convince Toyota to bring the diesel Hilux over here.

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5howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

With all the fried foods manufactured and consumed in Ohio, what we need to go along with more diesel cars is a full scale biodiesel refinery! There is big money in this for those with some vision! Several biodiesel plants in the West are now operating in the black and are planning expansions or second plants. And the exhaust smells faintly of the food that the oil was used to cook, with fewer pollutants than regular diesel or gasoline.

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6piak(508 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Out of curiousity: How many stations sell diesel around here?

Does anybody know?

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7DwightK(1179 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Great idea. 50 mpg is fantastic.

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8redgpgtp(37 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow, I think it's a great idea GM is finally producing a diesel here. VW has been doing it for years and people buy theirs so if GM can build a quality dependable version then why not sell one here. The new diesels don't smell as bad or sound as loud as the older models did due to new designs and technology and 50mpg sounds great. To all the nay sayers, here's an suggestion, DON'T BUY ONE!!!

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9Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

2001 ford 250 super duty work truck 305,000 miles
16 mpg still runs like a top

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10Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

4 wheel drive
600 pound welding machine
1000 pounds in power and hand tools
3000 pounds in parts and pipe

If the truck was gas i would be lucky to get 11mpg. Diesel is the way to go for all vehicles.

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