Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze. Click image to enlarge

Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet has released the first photographs of its all-new Cruze sedan, which will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October. GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner concurrently announced that the company will invest more than US$500 million in the U.S. to build the Cruze at its plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

“One of the key reasons for the success of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 is the Lordstown workforce and the strong partnerships with the UAW and local and state officials,” Wagoner said. “Based on the quality of work and these strong partnerships, we are pleased to announce our plans to invest another $500 million in the Chevy Cruze product program in the U.S., including more than $350 million in Lordstown.”

The new vehicle features coupe-like proportions, tight body panel fit, restrained use of trim, two-tier grille and wide stance.

“Our goal in designing Cruze was to be bold, not evolutionary,” said chief designer Taewan Kim. “We wanted to take a big step forward, making a strong design statement for Chevrolet products around the world.”

At its launch in Europe, the Cruze will be available with a choice of 1.6- and 1.8-litre gasoline engines, and a new 2.0-litre turbo diesel, along with five-speed manual gearboxes and an all-new six-speed automatic transmission that is Chevrolet’s first application in the compact segment.

The Cruze will be available in Europe from March 2009, followed by other global markets with regional-specific engine choices.

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