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Old 11-29-2009, 08:37 AM   #1
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GM Reveals US-Spec 2011 Chevrolet Cruze!

The 2011 Cruze: Chevrolet Unveils U.S. Version Of The Popular, Fuel-Efficient Global Compact Sedan


2011 Chevrolet Cruze at a Glance:

  • Popular global car refined for America
  • Expected segment-best fuel economy – up to 40 mpg highway – with new family of small-displacement engines, including Ecotec 1.4L I-4 turbo
  • Progressive design with exceptional levels of refinement, quietness and build quality
  • More spacious interior and greater cargo room than Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla
  • Ten standard air bags help make it one of the safest cars in its class
  • Built at Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant
  • On sale in third quarter of 2010
  • Five-year/100,000-mile powertain warranty – the best coverage in America

LOS ANGELES – Chevrolet unveils the U.S. production version of the 2011 Cruze compact sedan at the L.A. Auto Show on Dec. 2. It is a global car refined for America, delivering many segment-leading features and details that challenge preconceived notions about what a compact car can be in North America.
The Cruze also affirms Chevrolet’s commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles, with new, small-displacement four-cylinder engines. It is expected to deliver segment-leading fuel economy with a new Ecotec 1.4L I-4 turbo with variable valve timing – including up to 40 mpg on the highway with a high-efficiency model.
“Cruze is already a hit across Europe and Asia; and now, it’s coming to America to challenge the status quo,” said Brent Dewar, GM Vice President, Chevrolet Global brand. “Along with the Volt electric vehicle, Cruze is the latest tangible example of how Chevrolet is working on exciting products that range from gas-friendly to gas-free.”
Leveraging Chevrolet’s design and engineering talent in Asia, Europe and North America, the Cruze brings to market a progressive, globally influenced design complemented by exceptional levels of quietness, quality and attention to detail – from precise tolerances between body panels to the use of premium materials throughout the interior.
“The amenities, quietness and roominess you expect in larger cars are what the Cruze delivers,” said Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet product marketing manager. “This is a car that will shake up the compact segment, with a more spacious interior and more cargo room than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.”
Cruze goes on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2010 but has already logged more than 4 million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, making it one of the most real world-tested GM products prior to a U.S. launch. The U.S. and Canadian versions of the Cruze will be built in Lordstown, Ohio, where $350 million was invested for their production.

More than expected
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Standard and available equipment includes:
  • New family of efficient four-cylinder engines, including a 1.4L turbo and 1.8L
  • Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions
  • Ten standard air bags, including frontal, side-impact, roof rail head curtain, rear seat side air bags and new knee air bags
  • Electronic stability control with rollover sensing
  • Bluetooth, USB connectivity and navigation system
  • XM Satellite Radio and OnStar
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and Watts Z-link rear suspension, with a family of 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes
  • Fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering
  • Unexpected levels of quietness, smoothness and refinement for the segment
All models share an interior characterized by premium materials and a lengthy roster of unexpected equipment, including leading infotainment. A stereo system that includes MP3 playback capability, six speakers and an auxiliary jack for personal playback devices is standard. A premium Pioneer sound system is available, as is a USB port for iPod operation. Other available technologies include Bluetooth and a navigation system.
“There’s a lot of content in all Cruze models; it was designed to give customers the features they want regardless of the car’s size or segment,” said Brooks. “At a very competitive price, you’ll be able to get a Cruze with leather and heated front seats, 16-inch aluminum wheels, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, Bluetooth, a USB port for your iPod, cruise control, power locks and power outside mirrors.”

Arching roofline
Chevy Cruze’s design is distinguished with a bold face – including a two-tier grille with the iconic Bowtie logo – that is Chevrolet’s signature look around the globe. An arching roofline connects a steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars to give the car a sporty, coupe-like proportion.
The sporty aesthetic is also seen in prominent headlamp housings that wrap around the corners and sweep upward in the fenders and sculpted hood, as well as a short rear deck typically found on sports coupes. The wheels are at the corners, too, with minimal front and rear overhangs. All the elements work cohesively to give Cruze an aggressive look that is complemented by a wide, confident stance.
Indeed, the Cruze is wider and longer than most of its competitors. Taut, tightly drawn bodywork conveys solidity, while restrained use of exterior trim enhances the car’s high-quality feel. The overall appearance is one of purposeful precision.
Precision is also seen in the Cruze’s build quality. The Lordstown assembly plant’s body shop was retooled with the latest in body-framing and welding equipment to optimize the manufacture of a very solid body structure. That strong structure fosters minimal production variance and repeatable gap tolerances of 3 mm or less between most exterior panels. To the customer, this means a better looking car when new and one that feels solid for years to come.

Interior refinement
Cruze’s bold design cues and attention to detail carry over to the interior, where a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit motif is matched with high-quality materials and exceptional assembly tolerances. Grained, soft-touch components and low-gloss trim panels exude a quality that is uncommon in the segment.
The instrument panel is an excellent example of how Cruze eschews expectations of compact cars. It features richly detailed instruments that are backlit with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The LED lights provide a crisp, ice-blue illumination of the analog instruments, as well as lighting for other interior controls. A segment-rare standard driver information center offers a wealth of data for the vehicle owner.
Blending harmoniously with the instrument panels is an integrated center stack that houses the infotainment display, climate controls and radio controls. Flush-mounted components within the center stack have a gap tolerance of less than 1 mm, while the instrument panel-to-door panel gaps are less than 5 mm. Those tolerances are among the best in the class and contribute significantly to the Cruze’s aura of refinement and precision.
Cruze’s headliner and pillar trim exude craftsmanship, too. The headliner cover is made of a knit material that also serves as one of five layers of an acoustically designed headliner to help make the passenger compartment quieter. The interior pillar and other moldings are color- and grain-matched to the headliner, while seat inserts are color-matched to the color of the instrument panel accent trim, giving the cabin the detailed appearance of larger, upscale sedans.

New, efficient powertrains
Enhanced with its exhaust-driven turbocharger, the Cruze’s Ecotec 1.4L turbo performs like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions. It is standard on LT and LTZ models, with power ratings estimated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm).
Standard on LS models is an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder that has the same basic architecture as the 1.4L turbo. Both engines are part of GM’s family of global small-displacement engines designed with fuel efficiency in mind, including technology such as full variable valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy across the rpm band.
Backing the Cruze’s new four-cylinder engines are six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Each contributes to Cruze’s excellent fuel economy and, with their carefully matched gears, enhances its fun-to-drive quotient.
With the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, Cruze’s fuel efficiency enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km), meaning it can go longer between fill-ups.
Cruze is backed by GM’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty – the best coverage in America.

Responsive, quiet driving experience
Complementing Cruze’s new powertrains is a strong body structure and chassis system designed to deliver a responsive and fun driving experience. The body structure is tight and stiff; and its solidity enabled engineers to more precisely tune the chassis for comfort and driving control.
A MacPherson strut suspension is used up front, while a technically advanced Watts Z-link design is used with the rear suspension. It helps center the rear axle during cornering, helping to keep the Cruze’s handling responses symmetrical on both left-hand and right-hand turns. The linkage’s capability to center the axle during cornering delivers a more balanced driving experience, as the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension.
StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, as well as traction control and anti-lock brakes are standard. Electric power steering is also standard on all models. It helps save fuel because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories. Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT models, with 17-inch alloy wheels standard on LTZ. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are available on 2LT and LTZ models.
Along with a responsive driving experience, the Cruze delivers quietness and refinement on the road. Hydraulic ride bushings and an isolated engine cradle reduce or eliminate vibration pathways that could be transmitted to the passenger compartment. Similarly, a number of noise-reducing and noise-cancelling technologies are employed throughout the body structure, including 18 distinctive acoustical treatments. Examples include:
  • The steel front-of-dash panel is sandwiched between two damping mats
  • Nylon baffles are used in various hollow portions of the body structure and filled with sound-absorbing foam that expands when the body enters the paint oven
  • The headliner comprises five layers of thermal fiber acoustic material, including a premium woven fabric on the visible outer layer
  • Patches of sound-damping material are applied strategically throughout the body structure and melt into place when the body passes through the paint oven, allowing the patches to follow the contours of the sheet metal below
  • Sound insulation material between rear-body structural components that is made from recycled blue jean material
  • The doors have triple seals and feature fiberglass “blankets” that serve as water, airflow and noise barriers. The doors are also beta-braced, meaning they close with a solid, precise sound and no resonance.










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Old 11-29-2009, 09:34 AM   #2
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Hey Fenwick, after reading some of the responses over at GMI... U should, since I can't, point out that more than likely this is not the LTZ model with all options listed. Note that the press release is the most base a LTZ can be. The wheels in fact are 17inch... and despite the fact that GM's photography has gotten better.. their marketing pics normally leave something to be desired. If U ever saw the CTS commercial where they take a what looks to be a Enterprise spec CTS and present it as the "Beauty of Cadillac.":(

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Old 11-29-2009, 09:39 AM   #3
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No matter how they write it up, it's one ugly ass LITTLE car.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:41 AM   #4
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Even so, fog lights should be standard on an LTZ model (always have been). Makes me wonder if something went wrong when they were building this particular car.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:41 AM   #5
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I like the interior. Exterior doesn't do anything for me though.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:43 AM   #6
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No matter how they write it up, it's one ugly ass LITTLE car.

Looks better than anything in its class IMO... only the Civic looks as well. My thought is GM went with a design that was both radical and traditional... crazy as it sounds.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:19 AM   #7
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Well, i like it. It is a step up from the Cobalt, and has better styling than it's competitors.
Was there word on a coupe?
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:36 AM   #8
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I'm not a huge fan of the styling. The tail end looks very average, and the headlights bother me. It does look good, but I prefer the Cobalt for it's less aggressive attempt at what can only be described as the economy segment of cars. My biggest concern with this product is that the cost will increase with the use of this additional "refinement" that people indicate this car has over the Cobalt. If the car is a step above the Cobalt, then who is going to buy it? There's not really a place in GM's lineup for a more expensive, slower, more efficient compact, so the logical call would be to kill the Cobalt for this slightly uglier car.

While I'm sure this is not a concern for GM, I have to, as a performance enthusiast, beg the question of what this will do to young enthusiasts. The 16-year-olds fortunate enough to get their first new car early in life will start slow and economical. How many of us got a pony car in the 1970s? As much as our community seems to not like the idea of kids in fast cars, isn't that what a lot of us were? I'm just a little concerned that the most attainable car segment is getting slower, and the fast ones that we like the most are getting more expensive.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:40 AM   #9
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it looks fine to me. Main thing is they build a high quality car in that segment, that starts winning younger people back to GM.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:35 AM   #10
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to me the exterior has a generic look to it.. nothing really jumps out as being different.. the interior looks like an evolution of the Malibu interior, which I already like...

I wonder though if there will be a coupe version? they need an entry level one for parents thet buy one for their kids going off the college...
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:48 PM   #11
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Extremely boring car, but boring cars seem to sell.
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:46 PM   #12
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Interior is great. Exterior sucks. Still, I hope they sell a lot of them.
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:23 PM   #13
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looks like a hyundai elantra.





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Old 11-29-2009, 02:34 PM   #14
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Looks nothing like an Elantra.... What are you smokin'?

I think it looks significantly up-scale from a Cobalt. Very nice.
Kinda wish this had been out when I bought my car.....
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The back looks really close to the elantra, but not the rest.
Car looks great, are they going to release a 2 door version? maybe an SS too
First thing i would do to this car is to get a new hid to make the upper gril dissapear, just looks out of place with the lines of the car
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Bravo at the interior. They should get a good slap in the wrist for not including a performance version though... plus anyone know the base prices?
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:15 PM   #18
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atleast it looks a little bit better then the cobalt from the out side.......................... the interior is awesome though. i really liked the cobalt because of the turbo and supercharger.
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Well, i like it. It is a step up from the Cobalt, and has better styling than it's competitors.
Was there word on a coupe?
I think it's a big step down... On the exterior atleast. Looks like something Kia would build trying to be sporty.
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Looks better than anything in its class IMO... only the Civic looks as well. My thought is GM went with a design that was both radical and traditional... crazy as it sounds.
How does an ugly ass bubble car look better than all the other ugly ass bubblecars?

Makes no sense to me.

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Overall, I like it. Tail lights look a little like an Elantra but thats about it. The Elantra has such weak lines in the sides, like they couldn't decide what to do with it. Go get em GM!
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From the a pillar back I like it, but the front lets it down. That said, with the exception of the Civic, it looks no worse than anything else in the class. The only problem I can see is that the front looks kind of cheap, which is different than just being ugly or bland, but once again so do a lot of cars in this segment.
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They should get a good slap in the wrist for not including a performance version though... plus anyone know the base prices?
Way back when it was first announced, they said it would probably be priced somewhere in between the Cobalt and Malibu...which sets us somewhere around 17k.

And when was a performance version ever offered right off the bat?

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They need to exist, whether you like'em or not. That's how a company makes money to build our fun cars.....and the Cruze is supposed to be a profit-powerhouse.
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Biggest let down besides the exterior will be the engine choices.
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