Chevrolet Confirms Cruze Diesel Will Be Ohio-Built

The diesel-powered Chevy Cruze is scheduled to begin production in 2013, and GM has finally announced which plant will have it rolling off its line in 2013. Not surprisingly, the company’s Lordstown, Ohio facility -- which currently builds gasoline-powered Cruze models -- will produce the diesel-burning model for the U.S. market.

In order to make room for the diesel-powered car, $5.5 million worth of upgrades are planned for the factory, largely to upgrade both the body shop and general assembly line, which will start in 2012. The Lordstown factory already produces the gasoline engine version of the Cruze, which continues to be one of Chevy’s top-sellers.

The Cruze diesel is already sold in Europe and Australia, and is powered by two forms of  a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder; one producing  127 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, the other offering 163 hp and 265 lb-ft. While the American market Cruze Eco already gets an impressive 42 mpg on the highway, the diesel version is expected to achieve close to 50 mpg. GM has not yet given an official estimate or any firm specifications on the U.S.-spec diesel.

The Cruze may be Chevy's first diesel-powered passenger car for the U.S. market since 1986 (diesels were offered in both the Caprice and Chevette) , but it's also noteworthy as it finally gives Volkswagen's diesel-powered compact models -- like the Jetta TDI -- some competition.

Source: The Detroit News

Bravo on building it in Ohio! Announce they will sell the diesel wagon here and I will head for my Chevy dealer today to place an order!
I'm skeptical of American automobile companies manufacturing a decent diesel. I think their former reputation will work against them for years and years. They are known for "Crap" diesels!
I am glad GM is bringing diesels to the US. They should put it in the new Malibu also.
Hope Chevy's smart enought to know the 163hp/265 ft-lb diesel is the one that should be used for this heavy car!!!!!!! The less powerfull engine I wouldn't even consider. Noncompetitive:).
Aaron, the diesel has been available in Europe for years. Its not 1991 anymore! These cars are reliable from the start because of computer aided design. Can you think of a car that is truly unreliable? For goodness sake even the Koreans are making reliable cars!
It's about time that the american car companies give the people a car that compares to the VW Jetta diesel. I drive the VW's and given a choice I would rather buy an all american built car. Right now there are no cars that get the fuel mileage of the Jetta diesels. If General Motors can make it a dependable economical car they will give VW a run for their money.
Aaron Stein
i would be very afraid to touch a chevy diesel in its first few years

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