GM announced back in 2011 that there would be an oil-burning Chevy Cruze would eventually make its way to the U.S. market to compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The future is now the present, and Chevy has pulled the wraps off of the 2014 Cruze TD, which of course stands for turbo diesel.
By Chris Haak
New-vehicle interior design and materials have come a long way since the dark, Tupperware/Fisher-Price days of the 1990s. When once hard plastic and no adornment was the norm, we now live in a world where a compact Chevrolet has been recognized as one of the ten best interiors among all 2011 models sold in the US. Spoken as someone who spent over 100,000 miles behind the wheel of the Cruze’s ancestors (the Grand Am and Achieva), that alone is nearly remarkable news. For 2011, Ward’s reported that there were a record 51 nominees for their top-ten list.
Each year, Ward’s doles out its interior awards “based on materials, ergonomics, safety, the human-machine interface, comfort, fit-and-finish, overall value and aesthetics.” All of those criteria are relevant ones when determining whether an interior is a good one or not. The value message is important, because as I’ve noted on this site before, it’s much more challenging to balance the tradeoffs inherent in a $20,000 car’s interior than in one with a larger budget, like the Bentley Mulsanne. Without further ado, here’s the list of winners:
By Jason Lu
As with the past few months, another day means another shoe drops. This time, as General Motors awaits for Mr. Bush to present a federal bailout package, it has thrown its right shoe at the Chevy Volt and Cruze programs. Although GM has insisted that its financial situation will not affect the development of the Volt, current conditions are making top execs say otherwise.
The plant under construction in Flint, Michigan that was to produce 1.4 liter inline-four engines for the Volt and Cruze has been given a red light in order to conserve much-needed cash. Among other financial cutbacks such as severing sports sponsorships and reducing utility bills, the move will postpone purchases of wallet-thinning supplies such as structural steel in order to save as much cash as possible to pay off GM’s expected $4 billion bill by the end of the year.
“Everything that involves heavy cash outlays obviously is under review,” said spokeswoman Sharon Basel. “Our intent is to still go forward with a new facility bringing that engine to Flint, Mich.” Continue Reading →
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