GM says diesel Chevrolet Cruze gets 46 mpg

Apr 18, 2013

General Motors Co. says the new diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze gets 46 miles per gallon on the highway, making it more efficient than some hybrids.

GM announced the U.S. EPA's fuel economy numbers for the diesel Cruze Wednesday.

At 46 mpg, the diesel Cruze matches the highway fuel economy of the C subcompact. But the regular hybrid still does better, at 48 mpg.

The Cruze beats its closest competitor, the diesel Volkswagen Jetta, which gets 42 mpg on the highway.

The diesel Cruze goes on sale next month in Baltimore, Milwaukee and other markets where diesels are popular. It arrives in the rest of the U.S. and Canada this fall.

It starts at $25,695. That's $7,755 more than the base price on a gas-powered Cruze.

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arq
3 / 5 (2) Apr 18, 2013
Gas powered means gasoline powered right?

Also, just yesterday on another article about CNG for vehicles, i typed a comment saying that instead of trying to develop CNG powered cars, companies should spend their dollars, brains and effort into making existing deisel and gasoline powered car engines much more fuel efficient. And instead use CNG for electricity generation in the place of coal( which mines and burns more dirtily than gasoline/deisel). But i cancelled that comment. I guess it now makes more sense with this article :)

On second thought, even for trucks CNG seems okay, but for cars the tanks takes up a lot of space.
Doug_Huffman
3.7 / 5 (3) Apr 18, 2013
the diesel Volkswagen Jetta, which gets 42 mpg on the highway.
Heh heh heh. The NEW Jetta TDI only gets 42 mpg, it also has DPF and AddBlue. VW has left the building.

My 10 y.o. ALH TDI Jetta, now on a roadtrip on snow tires, has produced tanks at 48, 49 and 49 mpg. On high mileage tires, it handily beats 50 mpg and has bettered 56 mpg.
Irukanji
not rated yet Apr 18, 2013
My car only gets 30.5mpg on the highway, but it is a 3.8L V6 petrol sedan, fully loaded(around 400kg of stuff me, so around 1900kg total).(7.7L/100km, could possibly get more now that it has had some bits fixed).

If people were concerned about mpg they'd stick a 250cc motor into a SmartCar, since most city driving is done at speeds less than 60km/h. If those same people learned how to accelerate and not floor it, they'd get even better mpg. Hell, if they just learned how to react to the green light instead of texting on their phone they'd get even better mpg. Plus most of the traffic problems would disappear.
ryggesogn2
3.3 / 5 (7) Apr 18, 2013
Don't really care until they make the seats more comfortable.
VendicarE
1 / 5 (1) Apr 18, 2013
I don't think any car company is going to design their seats for someone like RyggTard who keeps his shoulders under his legs and his head up his backside.

It has been a bad week for RyggTard, with Terrorist Christian Republicans bombing the Boston Marathon, and LiberTarian/Randite economists found to be writing papers that are full of fraudulent results and fraudulent methods.

italba
1 / 5 (1) Apr 19, 2013
@Irukanji: Diesel engines are by design more efficient than gasoline ones, and, with a modern car, you can barely feel it's a diesel. About the motor size: A little engine can be enough if you add it to a electric motor. You use very little energy when you cruise at constant speed, less than a little gasoline (or diesel) engine can give. For accelerations, climbs and for brake energy recover you can use the electric motor too.