2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel to deliver 46 mpg on highway

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel - 003The Cruze diesel will be GM’s first diesel car sold in the United States since the 1980s.

As reported in Autoweek this month, General Motors said the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel will deliver an estimated 46 miles per gallon on the highway.  This is 4 mpg more than the original target.

The estimate is also good enough to top a rival the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta diesel, which achieves 42 mpg on the highway.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel - 004The Cruze’s 2-liter turbo diesel engine produces 148 horsepower. The Cruze diesel, featuring a six-speed automatic transmission, has an estimated range of 700 highway miles. It emits 90 percent less nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions than earlier diesel models, according to GM.

“We were still testing at the time, but wanted to be clear that we would be at or better than Jetta,” a GM spokeswoman said. “The engineering team did a lot of incremental changes to the Cruze diesel from the Eco model to gain efficiency.”

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel - 002The Washington Post suggests, “The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will be something of a highway star when it goes on sale, with an EPA-estimated rating of 46 mpg highway.”

The engine also has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft for short bursts of faster acceleration when needed, such as entering fast-moving highway traffic.

Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing, “Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel fills an important role in Chevrolet’s diverse four-cylinder lineup, and is primed to win over diesel devotees and compact car buyers with its performance, torque and fuel economy. We leveraged engineering expertise from around the globe to develop a world-class, low-emissions engine to give U.S. and Canadian customers a car that’s both fun to drive and practical at the pump.”

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Five Goals for designing the Corvette C7 Stingray: Kirk Bennion, Corvette Exterior Design Manager

Kirk Bennion2 - exterior design manager - corvetteIn a recent interview with Autoweek Design Forum,  Kirk Bennion was asked: Was it daunting to work on a car with such a rich history?  His answer:I tell people, you acquire a tribal knowledge of the car. I learned some things while working on the Corvette from 1986 to 1989. And you do realize that one, you have to be very respectful of the car because it is such a huge icon, but there’s also a lot of effort that you have to put in a car like this. There’s a knowledge that you have to have for the past cars and there’s an expectation, but there’s also a willingness to take those cars to the next level. It’s a big-time commitment.”

The team had five goals when they began work on the 2014 Corvette Stingray. He says working on developing a Corvette is a “special deal … and we work on it as much as we can and as hard as we can.” Delve more into Kirk’s passion by checking out the video.

We think the team met those goals.  We hope you do too….

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