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2011 Chevy Cruze Begins Production In Ohio

Posted in auto industry, Cars, Chevrolet, General, GM, New Cars, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | September 9th, 2010 | 5 Responses |
2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ

A 2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ

GM’s Lordstown, OH, production facility has begun producing the much anticipated Chevrolet Cruze for U.S. buyers. Worldwide, the Cruze has become GM’s best selling passenger car, racking up sales of some 165,000 units since its debut in 2008. In the U.S, the Cruze will replace the Chevy Cobalt in the product mix, and initial offerings include LS, LT, LTZ and Eco trim levels. The base motor will be a 1.8 liter four, good for 136 horsepower and 123 lb ft of torque. LT and LTZ models get a turbocharged 1.4 liter motor, good for 138 horsepower and 148 lb ft of torque. An SS version is said to be in the works, but I’ve yet to see any projections on a launch date.

Like the Ford Fiesta, the Chevy Cruze will include as much content as possible in its price point, which starts at about $17,000 for a Cruze LS. Quality, safety and fuel economy are Cruze highlights that GM takes very seriously, and Left Lane News quotes GM North America President Mark Reuss as saying, “We are delivering a car with the quality which Americans desire matched with features they would not expect in this segment, from 40 mpg on our Eco model to 10 airbags as standard across the range. Of equal importance, we are working to redefine the views on a domestic carmaker building such a car here in the United States.”

2012 Holden Cruze Hatchback concept

2012 Holden Cruze concept. Please build this car in SS trim and bring it here.

I hope the Cruze is a hit for Chevy, and I hope that we see an SS version sometime late next year. While I’m at it, can I add the Holden five door hatchback Cruze to my wish list, in an SS version, please? If it goes and handles as good as it looks, Chevy may have themselves one more Cruze fan.

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5 Responses

  1. SNAK3 says:

    those are both good looking little cars. they need some more pep though. bring on the ss’s!

  2. [...] Chevy Cruze begins production in Ohio The official launch date is coming up pretty soon and production has officially started in their Ohio factory. Looks like we wont have to wait too long til we start seeing these on North American streets. 2011 Chevy Cruze Begins Production In Ohio [...]

  3. L says:

    Holden Cruze Concept is a sexy beast. Damn, did I just say that about the Cruze? Hell yes, bring that over here.

  4. Set says:

    Yeah. I was like, cool turbo. Not cool, barely any go. SS is a must.

    But, I don’t get how this is a replacement for the Cobalt. The base model is 4k higher than the Cobalt.

  5. Kurt says:

    I was thinking the Holden Cruze Concept with AWD and about 275 horsepower would be right on the money, but that would just be a Chevy badged WRX.

    Set, I think that Chevy is hyping the build quality and content of the Cruze versus the Cobalt. They’re going for buyers that previously shopped Honda, VW, Nissan, etc.