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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Gets 2-mpg Bump in Fuel Economy

June 21st, 2011

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

By all accounts the Chevrolet Cruze has been a sales success and a bright spot in Chevy’s new revamped lineup.

Potential buyers of the 2012 Cruze with the 6-speed automatic transmission and turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder will be happy to note a 2-mpg fuel economy improvement.

Gas mileage increases from 36 mpg to 38 mpg highway, while the automatic-equipped wind-cheating Cruze Eco will be good for 39 mpg highway versus the 2011 Cruze’s 37 mpg.

The most fuel-efficient model is still the Eco with the 6-speed manual, which offers 42 mpg on the highway. Chevrolet accomplishes the 5% fuel economy improvement through the use of a lower rear axle ratio, just like the Elantra.

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Ecotec

GM’s Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo 4 offers excellent fuel economy.

More changes for 2012 include Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-wrapped shift knob. These features were options from 2011 but are now standard on the 1LT and Eco trims. The 2012 Cruze will see a release date alongside Chevy’s new Sonic subcompact in late summer/early fall.

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2012 Buick Regal GS Belts Out 270 Horsepower. With a 4-cylinder Engine.

June 20th, 2011

2012 Buick Regal GS

Final production specifications and details for Buick’s new 2012 Regal GS have just broken cover. The newer, hotter Regal makes 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque from its Ecotec 2.0-liter direct injected and turbocharged inline four-cylinder.

This is 15 more horsepower than Buick had originally stated. Buick says this is the highest specific output, at 135 horsepower per liter, of any production engine GM has ever offered. 0-to-60 mph should come in 6.7 seconds.

2012 Buick Regal GS Profile

Even better news for driver-types: the sporty Regal GS will be offered at launch with a very un-Buick-like six-speed conventional manual transmission. A six-speed automatic will be available soon down the road. The GS benefits from a lowered ride height and four-wheel independent suspension with Buick’s new High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) system to reduce torque steer and help with aggressive cornering. Sadly, the car will be limited to front-wheel drive instead of the all-wheel drive found on the Regal GS Concept from last year’s Detroit Auto Show.

2012 Buick Regal GS Rear Quarter

2012 Buick Regal GS

Base Price: Est. $32,000
Release Date: Late Summer/Early Fall

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Chevy Cruze SS In The Works?

October 29th, 2010

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There are plenty of good things to say when it comes to the 2011 Chevy Cruze, but for the enthusiast, there frankly isn’t much to get excited about. That is unless this latest rumor proves true: General Motors is developing an SS (Super Sport) version of the Cruze for the U.S. market.

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According to Auomobile, GM’s Holden division in Australia is hard at work tuning a sport model of the Chevy Cruze. Holden’s performance team, HSV (Holden Special Vehicles), is responsible for whipping the Cruze into shape (the images in this post are renditions formed from the pens at Motor Trend).

With a history of building some of the most powerful cars down under—or anywhere else in the world, for that matter—HSV should have no trouble turning the mild-mannered Cruze into a car worthy of the SS badge.

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But just how HSV plans to do it is anyone’s guess. Because GM wants to keep the Cruze family of cars as green as possible, some form of Ecotec 4-cylinder engine will likely find its way under the hood. Turbocharging is also a strong possibility, and since the 2011 Cruze is already available with a turbocharged engine it gives HSV a good starting point.

Even though the Cruze SS is still a couple years away from production, at least the enthusiasts now have something to look forward to.

Check out pricing on the all-new 2011 Chevy Cruze.

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