image_imgDetroit, Michigan – The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will contain a cartridge-style oil filter that will be easier to recycle and service compared with conventional steel canister-style oil filters, General Motors has announced.

Both the Ecotec 1.4-litre turbocharged and 1.8-litre four-cylinder engines will use the system, which features an integrated housing on the engine into which a filter is inserted.

Recycling canister-style filters requires cutting away or separating the metal housing and other elements such as the rubber seal. GM said that because the compact cartridge is made of only paper and plastic, it will be easier for recycling centres to dispose of the filter properly.

The filter can also be changed easily and virtually drip-free from the top of the vehicle, lessening the chance of oil leaking onto the ground or driveway and possibly making its way into the water system when oil changes are performed.

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