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The Chevrolet Cruze arrives in the United States

The Chevrolet Cruze finally arrives in America! The Cruze has been on sale worldwide for a year, but the US launch has been delayed by transmission problems and a recall of fuel supply lines. The Chevrolet Cruze is actually a compact developed by Daewoo. There are a staggering number of finishes and packages for the Cruze, especially for the US market. The Cruze will also be offered in a 40 MPG Eco model highway version powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine.

Some modifications had to be made to the car to reach that MPG goal. A lower front grill air shutter was used which closes at higher speeds. Improves aerodynamics and opens at lower speeds to optimize engine cooling airflow. The upper grille has more latches to improve aerodynamics as well. There is an extension of the lower front air dam along with extensive use of underbody panels and a rear spoiler. All of these improve the aerodynamics of the car. The Cruze’s ride height was lowered to also improve the car’s aerodynamics and help achieve higher mileage per gallon. The car also features 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels to reduce the overall weight of the car. It also has ultra-low rolling resistance Goodyear tires.

The Chevrolet Cruze won’t be available until the fourth quarter of 2010, but that hasn’t stopped people from wanting the car. It’s no wonder people want a high-mileage car that can go 0-60 miles per hour in 10 seconds with a manual transmission and 9 seconds with an automatic.

Non-Eco Cruze models will be LS, LT, and LTZ that start with a base 1.8-liter engine. A Cruze review called it an old-school engine that ruins the experience. The LT and LTZ models are powered by the 1.4 Turbo engine with a small power upgrade but a much better torque rating.

There is an RS Appearance Package for the LT and LTZ trim levels that feature unique fascia, rocker arm trims, rear spoiler, and fog lights. The package also comes with a top-tier instrument cluster, chrome accent rings, and opaque cluster bezels that allow the ice blue backlighting to shine through for a sporty nighttime look.

The Chevy Cruze is currently looking to be a much better car than the Cobalt it replaces. The 40 MPG Eco trim could become GM’s first competitive green car. However, the questions are: Will consumers think of Chevrolet when they think of small green cars?

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