2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

May 20, 2013 – 11:51 pm
2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel-300

  • Competes with: Volkswagen Jetta TDI,Chevy's own Cruze Eco
  • Looks like: A lot of money to pay for little fuel economy benefit
  • Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder making 148 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque; six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2013

Supposedly Americans just don't like diesel passenger cars. Every German auto brand disagrees,however,and VW seems to have no trouble selling at least a quarter of its total volume with an oil burner under the hood. With fuel prices consistently high over the last few years,automakers are looking at diesel as a fuel-efficient option,and GM will be the first domestic automaker to offer a diesel-powered passenger car later this year with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.

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Outwardly,the '14 Cruze Diesel looks just like the current Cruze — a freshening of Chevy's compact sedan is still at least one model year away. Instead,the changes are in the engine bay,where there's a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine making just 148 horsepower but pumping out a formidable 258 pounds-feet of torque. Chevy says that the motor can also enter an "overboost" mode for 10 seconds,which boosts torque to 280 pounds-feet on a limited basis. That power channels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission and propels the Cruze Diesel to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds. It's not a blistering drag-strip performance,but it's a hair quicker than the Cruze Diesel's main competitor,the Volkswagen Jetta TDI,which does it in 8.7 seconds.

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For the pre-1997 models when some slight changes were done.
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1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible

2012-01-07 00:05:14 by Redwoodpile

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1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible
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Luxury Cars Get Engines With Nascar-Like Power; The Hit to Your Insurance Bill - WSJ
Demand for these cars is high enough and margins are definitely good enough for mfgers to bring these out.
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As mass-market manufacturers are refocusing on fuel economy, luxury-car makers such as BMW AG, Porsche AG and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus are heading the other way, introducing models with 500-plus horsepower engines.
Engine size and power have been creeping up for several years in models including DaimlerChrysler AG's Dodge Viper SR10 Coupe, which was introduced last year and has a 500-horsepower engine, and General Motors Corp.'s 505-horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06, also launched in 2005.
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the 68 was built on the previous chassis of the midyear (63-67), an old-style ladder frame whose only technological achievement was independent rear suspension and disc brakes...that's it. things that we take for granted today like multilink rear suspension and unequal-length front a-arms guaranteed that the car could never be more than a boulevard cruiser no matter how big of an engine they threw in it. chevrolet sold thousands and thousands of 68-82 corvettes no matter how anemic the engine eventually became because it was the baby boomer generation, the car was a status symbol for the swinging 70s, and the corvette had almost no competition in its class. there simply was no incentive for chevy to make a high-performance corvette.
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Interesting take on Chevrolet's 2007 Avalanche from today's WSJ
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Apologists for the domestic auto industry often claim that Detroit doesn't get a fair shake. Even when GM (or Ford or Chrysler) builds a better mousetrap, this theory goes, due credit is not paid. So let me say it plainly: The 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche is exceptional, and it fairly represents everything good about General Motors Corp.
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