Chevrolet Cruze Diesel in 2013
WASHINGTON– Chevrolet has confirmed that its diesel version of the Cruze will be for sale in the U.S. in 2013. According to Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, bringing out a diesel version of the popular car will be “a huge step forward” in increased clean diesel use in the United States.
“In just its first year, the Cruze has proven to be extremely popular with American drivers,” Schaeffer said. “In June, it was the best-selling car in the U.S. and has exceeded sales of more than 20,000 per month since February.
“…This announcement clearly signifies the increasing importance of clean diesel technology as a key and viable strategy for meeting fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions goals.”
The Cruze isn’t the only diesel making its way to these shores. Volkswagen is already in production with the Passat TDI diesel, and there are reports that Mazda, Nissan, and others are unveiling new models. That’s good news, as diesels are 20 to 40 percent more efficient that regular gasoline autos. Analysts are currently expecting diesel auto sales to be between seven and 15 percent of total auto sales by 2015.
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