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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

We made brief mention yesterday that Chevrolet was testing an EV version of the Cruze in Korea. Today, Cruze stories are all over the car media; such is the power of the CarGurus blog. Or maybe it’s because the car will finally go on sale this month, and GM is giving it a big push.

No matter. We are not pushing GM sales, but the company looks to have a winner in the Cruze, and when the fully electric version is ready, it will be a welcome addition to the green-car marketplace.

Here’s why: The Cruze EV came to life from a partnership between GM Daewoo and LG, the giant chemical and electronics firm. This gives GM entrée to some considerable technology, particularly in batteries. The car will have a 100-mile range, putting the Leaf to shame, and will recharge fully in 8-10 hours.

Testers are working to reduce that charge time. The present EV has a top speed of 102 mph and does 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds. The battery pack is under the body, so it doesn’t intrude on trunk or cargo space.

The Cruze EV should have all (or most) of the features of the gas-powered car we covered in some depth here. As a lower-priced companion (of sorts) to the Volt, it fills out Chevy’s line. No info yet as to EV price or availability in the U.S., but the gas cars are rolling off the line at Lordstown, Ohio, and the UAW team is very proud of them.

The Cruze strategy is simple and smart: Offer more for the price than competing cars in the segment, like the Civic DX, and make the equipment standard, not part of an extra-cost trim package.

Chevrolet Cruze hatchback interiorCars will come with 10 airbags, for instance, extra-quiet interiors, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, OnStar, etc.—at a base price of $16,995, including destination charge. The Cruze Eco will arrive later this year, to deliver 40 mpg highway for $2,000 more.

A Cruze Hatchback (interior, right), designed in Australia, will be showing in Paris, but probably won’t come to the U.S. AutoTribute says, “there are still doubts as to whether it showup on U.S. soil. Americans, afterall, seem to dislike hatcbacks [sic].”

I think their opinions are as wrong as their spelling. Bring on the hatchbacks!

It’s been presumed for years now that Americans don’t like hatchbacks. Where do you stand: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?


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  1. I love hatchbacks. I own one and find the cargo area way more friendly than a typical trunk. I probably wouldn’t buy a Chevy Cruze sedan… but offer the hatch and consider me interested.

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