Chevrolet Cruze sales cross 30 lakh globally: Second gen launched in China
Sold across 118 countries, Chevrolet Cruze is recipient of 88 awards till date – 39 in China, 27 in US, 12 in Brazil and 10 from other countries. Built across five continents in 11 plants, the Cruze is “Chevrolet’s testament to global focus and capabilities”, claims the company. Cruze is offered as four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon.
Of all the countries, China is the biggest market for Cruze. Speaking about the top 10 markets for Chevrolet Cruze, till date 1.13 million Cruze have been sold in China alone. This is followed by 900,000 in the US, 195,000 in Russia, 134,00 in Brazil, 123,000 in Canada, 73,000 in South Korea, 50,000 in Mexico, 30,000 in Turkey, 28,000 in India and finally 27,000 in South Africa.
While the entire world still gets the first gen Cruze, it is China where the second generation has finally been launched. First unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the second generation Cruze is now launched in China with a price range of RMB 109,900 and RMB 169,900 (Rs 10.82 lakhs to Rs 16.74 lakhs).
Engine options include GM’s all new EcoTec small engine in the form of 1.4T SIDI generating 110 kW (about 148 bhp) and 235 Nm peak torque. This comes with either a new 7 speed DSG gearbox or a 6 speed manual. The other engine option is 1.5 SIDI generating 84 kW (112 bhp) and 146 Nm torque. This comes with 6 speed Dynamic Start/Stop Shift (DSS) automatic transmission. Both engines are mid-mounted. Peak mileage claimed is 16.94 kmpl.
Speaking about India launch of new Cruze, expect Chevrolet India is expected to launch the new Cruze later next year. Engine option is expected to be the same as the current one – turbocharged 2.0-litre VCDi engine generating 166 PS power and 380 Nm torque. Price will be in the range of Rs 14- 17 lakhs.
Chevrolet Sells 3 Millionth Cruze
Global compact car is brand’s best-selling nameplate
DETROIT – Eleven plants. One-hundred and eighteen countries. Eighty-eight awards. And now, 3 million sales for the Chevrolet Cruze.
The best-selling Chevrolet model crossed the milestone this month, just 16 months after selling its 2 millionth model. From the U.S. and Canada, to Laos and the Philippines, to Lebanon and Qatar, the Cruze has proved itself a global player among small cars.
“The Cruze is an extremely adaptable car that can cater to the demands of nearly every market in the world,” said Alan Batey, GM executive vice president of Global Chevrolet. “It is a testament to Chevrolet’s global focus and capabilities to offer a car that is so highly regarded in so many places.”
Since launch in 2008, the Cruze has collected 39 product awards in China, 27 in the U.S. and 12 in Brazil, and others.
Chevrolet is committed to building product in – or near – the markets where they are sold. Cruze is built in 11 different countries on five continents and sold in 118 countries.
“Small car sales around the world have been growing exponentially as emerging markets, in Asia and South America, increase car ownership while mature markets, like the U.S., downsize for fuel economy,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader.com. “Small cars like the Cruze are driving sales globally and will continue to do so.”
The Cruze endured intensive durability testing, including extreme weather tests and more than 210 crash tests tailored to the regulatory demands of the countries where it is sold.
To appeal to the different markets’ tastes, the Cruze is available in in three body styles, including a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon. Cruze is powered by five different engines, 1.4-, 1.6-, and 1.8-liter gasoline engines, and 1.7- and 2-liter diesel engines.
“The cost of energy is going to be an issue for a long time and in most markets that’s a big consideration,” said Joe Phillippi of AutoTrends Consulting in Andover, N.J. “If you can offer someone very affordable, high quality transportation at an affordable price with a substantial package of safety equipment, that’s a big plus.”
Chevrolet recently launched a new version of the Cruze catering to the styling and packaging demands of Chinese customers. Cruze sales in China lead all countries with 1.13 million sold since launch in 2009.
For the U.S. market in 2015, the Cruze will have OnStar with 4G LTE standard, providing passengers with a mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to seven devices. The 2015 Cruze will also have Siri Eyes Free integration, allowing users to text, call, ask for directions and even send email while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
The U.S.-market 2015 Cruze has an available 2.0L turbocharged clean diesel engine, allowing drivers to cruise 717 miles on one tank of fuel.
Shanghai GM Launches New Chevrolet Cruze
Midsize performance sedan sets benchmarks for styling, efficiency and user-friendliness
SHENZHEN – The new Chevrolet Cruze, Shanghai GM’s new-generation midsize performance sedan, was officially launched today in Shenzhen.
Priced between RMB 109,900 and RMB 169,900, the new Cruze is offered in seven variants with a choice of segment-first 1.4L mid-mounted direct injection turbocharged or 1.5L mid-mounted naturally aspirated gasoline engines.
“The new Cruze is the first model based on GM’s new global platform for midsize compact cars,” said Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing. “With GM’s global intelligent technology, it sets new benchmarks for styling, efficiency and user-friendliness in its segment. We expect the new Cruze to appeal to younger car buyers looking for an exhilarating driving experience.”
“Designed to Raise your Heartbeat”
The new Cruze was developed by GM’s global design team based on Chevrolet’s new “Designed to Raise your Heartbeat” concept. Its design was inspired by the Chevrolet Tru 140S concept vehicle, which made its global debut in 2012.
Its short front and rear overhangs make the new Cruze dynamically compact. A fastback design enhances aerodynamics and fuel economy. It has a drag coefficient of 0.28.
The new Cruze is available with a choice of six exterior colors: Pearl White, Jazz Black, Street Grey, Metallic Silver, Magic Red and Crystal Blue.
The wheels were pushed out to the corners of the car and the roofline stretched, while the center point of the lower edge of the windshield was moved forward. In combination with its more compact powertrain, this gives the new Cruze a spacious interior with 22 mm of additional knee room for back seat occupants.
The saddle brown interior and Chevrolet’s characteristic dual-cockpit styling enhance the feeling of sportiness and luxury. Ergonomically designed, multifunctional front seats wrapped in soft premium leather with a three-option heating function add to the refinement. Energy-efficient automatic climate control filters out 90 percent of PM 2.5 in the interior.
New Global Compact Midsize Car Platform
The new Cruze is the first model to adopt GM’s new global compact midsize car platform. It was developed by a team of European engineers. Most of its tuning and road testing were carried out at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring.
Although 72 percent of the new Cruze’s body consists of high-strength steel, the extensive use of aluminum and lightweight materials in key areas such as the engine, chassis and interior makes it 10 percent lighter than the current-generation Cruze. This enhances fuel economy without compromising safety.
A reinforced Watt linkage, an all-aluminum subframe and Bosch’s ninth-generation electronic stability control (ESC) – which all come standard – maximize handling and stability in high-speed cornering for driving pleasure and safety.
The new Cruze is among the first vehicles to take advantage of GM’s new Ecotec small engine portfolio.
Its 1.4T SIDI engine generates maximum output of 110 kW and peak torque of 235 Nm. The turbocharged engine is offered with a choice of a new seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DCG) transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. The transmissions provide smooth gear shifting and enhanced reliability while contributing to the sedan’s fuel efficiency.
The 1.5 SIDI engine, the segment’s only naturally aspirated engine with direct injection, generates maximum output of 84 kW and peak torque of 146 Nm. It is paired with a new six-speed Dynamic Start/Stop Shift (DSS) automatic transmission, which provides precise gear shifting.
Its mid-mounted direct injection engine technology and wide range of fuel-saving features such as start/stop technology and ultra-low rolling resistance tires make the new Cruze up to 24 percent more fuel efficient than the current-generation Cruze. The engines offer peak fuel economy of only 5.9 liters per 100 km. In addition, they are up to 50 percent quieter than engines in competitive models.
Customer-Friendly Features and World-Class Safety
The new Cruze’s peerless people-oriented technologies start with the Chevrolet MyLink 2.0 infotainment system. Its best-in-class eight-inch multi-point touchscreen serves as the operation window for intelligent navigation, personalized built-in apps (My Chevrolet, Driving Assist, Cloud Radio and Cloud Phone) and Siri Eyes Free functionality.
Developed to meet global five-star safety standards, the new Cruze comes with a range of active and passive safety features. It is the only vehicle in its class with active park assist, which takes the worry out of parking. The side blind zone alert system warns the driver of potential hazards when changing lanes. The model’s air bags are designed to protect pedestrians as well as occupants.
Shanghai GM introduced the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in 2009. It later added a hatchback to the Cruze lineup. More than 1.1 million Cruzes have reached China’s roads, making it one of Chevrolet’s most popular models in the market.