Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet has confirmed it will debut the U.S. production version of the Cruze sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December, along with the Volt extended-range electric vehicle, giving visitors a close-up view of Chevrolet’s expanding lineup of gas-friendly and gas-free products.

The Cruze, which is currently sold in Europe and Asia, will go on sale in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2010. At the show, Chevrolet will announce plans for initial retail markets where the Volt will be sold, and will also announce the winner of a nationwide U.S. contest to name a unique Volt paint colour.

“With expected highway fuel economy up to 40 miles per gallon, Cruze will be extremely gas-friendly, while the Volt electric vehicle can be operated gas-free,” said Brent Dewar, vice-president of Chevrolet. “Chevrolet’s focus is on forward-looking technologies to the benefit of our customers, such as the highly-efficient, small-displacement turbocharged engine in the Cruze, or the Volt electric vehicle with extended range.”

Cruze will use a new family of efficient engines, including a turbocharged 1.4-litre that will lead the way for Chevrolet in small-displacement turbocharged engines. The company said that the new model will offer a more spacious interior and cargo capacity than Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, be equipped with ten standard airbags, and offer upscale items such as navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and XM satellite radio.

The Chevrolet display will also feature the 2010 Camaro and Equinox.

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