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Chevrolet Introduces 2017 Cruze Hatchback

Ahead of its debut at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Developed with all the technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatch adds a functional and sporty choice for customers. It joins Colorado and Trax as the latest Chevrolets to push into new segments.

The Cruze Hatch has the same, class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase as sedan models, but features a unique roof and rear-end structure – including wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler at the top of the liftgate. It opens to offer 22.7 cubic feet (643 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat. With the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 47.2 cubic feet (1,336 liters).

“With 9 percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”

An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing a significant role in safety and efficiency. It is more than 200 pounds (91 kg) lighter than the previous-generation model due largely to a body structure that is 100 pounds lighter and an engine that’s 44 pounds (20 kg) lighter.

The Cruze lineup in North America is offered in L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package, featuring unique front and rear fascias, rocker panels, rear spoiler, fog lamps and – on the Premier model – 18-inch wheels.

The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package.


  • Segment-exclusive standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via the MyLink radio systems and available 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • More standard safety features than any other compact car – including Corolla and Civic – with available adaptive features including Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Park Assist
  • Available Teen Driver feature helps support safe driving habits and offers driving statistics for parents
  • Standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and Stop/Start technologies, electric power steering and, on Premier models, a Z-link rear suspension
  • Interior with midsize-level roominess, including two inches greater rear legroom than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra
  • Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Athens leather-appointed seating surfaces, true French seams and halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting.


  • Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
  • Since Cruze’s introduction, Chevrolet’s retail share of the segment has grown from 5.8 to 9.4 percent
  • 35 percent of Cruze customers are new to Chevrolet
  • In the U.S., Cruze is the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25.

Cruze, Malibu Among Nation’s Most Comfortable

Elizabeth City, NC – In today’s automotive marketplace, drivers looking for a particularly comfortable new vehicle don’t have to spend a particularly large sum of money, and they don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy, either. They do, however, need to visit their local Chevy dealerships, since the Bowtie brand recently put two vehicles—the Chevrolet Cruze and the new 2013 Chevy Malibu—on KBB.com’s honor roll of “10 Most Comfortable Cars under $30,000.”

The Cruze earned its prize by “including an acoustic-laminated windshield, triple-layered door seals and wheel-well liners for a quiet cabin. And supportive front seats matched with perhaps the smoothest highway ride in the segment. For compact comfort, the Chevy Cruze is a big winner.”

Further enhancing the car’s comfort are features like hydraulic ride bushings and an isolated engine cradle, both of which help reduce noise, vibration and harshness in the Cruze’s cabin.

Boasting an MSRP that starts at $16,800, the Cruze also is a big winner in the EPA’s fuel-economy ratings. In fact, the Cruze Eco—priced from $19,325—leads its segment in highway fuel efficiency and showcases overall marks of up to 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway/33 mpg combined.

The redesigned 2013 Malibu stood out for KBB.com as a vehicle that offered “the practicality and affordability of a typical midsize sedan along with a roomy, upscale cockpit and a suspension system capable of taming America’s endless supply of dilapidated asphalt.” Notable as well: Chevy claims the much-improved Malibu will be the quietest car the brand has ever sold, thanks to extensive sound-reduction measures and world-class aerodynamics.

Chevy dealers are currently offering the new Malibu in its own 37-mpg Eco model, with an MSRP of $25,235, while the rest of the lineup scheduled to start reaching dealers later this year.

If you have any questions about the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu or the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze or would like to test drive one Contact Us and we will gladly get you behind the wheel or field any questions you have.

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The 2011 Chevy Cruze: A New Frontier

“There is no more frontier.”  Or so they say.  Not so at Chevrolet.  Hence, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

This is my personal impression of the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.  If you think I’m full of hype and rhetoric, go down to your local Chevy dealer and test drive a Cruze for yourself…then come and apologize to me.

A while back, the folks at Chevrolet sat down and asked what needed to be done to re-engage the subcompact market.  Rather than modify the Cobalt, they chose a bold move into uncharted territory.  Would it be possible to start from scratch, using the latest and greatest technology in safety, handling, and efficiency, and build a subcompact car that would grab the attention of THE WHOLE WORLD?  You betcha.  New car and new name:  THE CRUZE.

Now, this concept of internally-generated challenges is nothing new at Chevrolet.  They dropped the gauntlet amongst themselves when they took the Malibu to the design chambers, and walked away with award after award after award.  They did the same with the Camaro, and started a retro-revolution that sent Ford and Chrysler scrambling to pull up to the starting line with the 5.0 Mustang and the Challenger.

While we await the availability of the Camaro Z28 convertible the end of this model year, Chevrolet has brilliantly introduced their brand new Cruze to the American market.  And the market is buzzing.  Although it is touted as a “subcompact”, the EPA calls it a “midsize” because the total service volume of Trunk compartment + Passenger compartment exceeds the upper limits for subcompacts.  However, those who test drive the Cruze and test its parallel parking qualities are amazed at the ease of close-quarters handling for such a roomy car, thanks to electric-assist rack-and-pinion steering.

The suspension and StabiliTrak systems keep the tail behind the nose in high speed curves, ensuring that the car follows your steering commands.  I recently attended a seminar on the Cruze in Washington, DC.  A video of the Cruze dancing through pylons on a high speed course was very impressive.  But the split-screen comparison of other vehicles attempting the same course at the same speed was dramatic.  The other vehicles appeared to nearly rollover, yet the Cruze stayed upright on all four throughout the maneuvers.

The 2.4L turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine combined with the 6-speed automatic transmission is very torquey (max torque is achieved at only 1850 RPM and available throughout the remainder of the RPM range), moving away from stoplights as though it is a fighter being launched off a carrier.  The transmission is seamless when shifting, and the final gear is overdrive and yields better than 36 miles per gallon.

I know an older couple who had decided to buy a new Malibu.  They saw the Cruze and asked to test drive it.  They bought it on the spot.  The car truly sells itself.  After a week, they came back to the dealership and thanked everyone for their wonderful new Cruze.  They had taken a 6-hour trip and were getting 38 miles per gallon (the ECO version of the Cruze gets over 40 MPG).  They said they had none of the usual cramps or fatigue of distance driving.  They had even downloaded their favorite music on the Cruze’s 60-gig hard drive, had practiced USB’ing their i-Phone to the navigation screen, listening to XM radio and Bluetoothing all their friends and family.

We talked for awhile about the same stuff that wowed the socks off me when I first got my hands on this “Luxury-Car-In-A-Subcompact-Car-Package”.  For instance, OnStar is initiating MyLink and you will be able to check on the systems status of their Cruze from anywhere in the world with satellite coverage using their i-Phone or Droid.  In fact, MyLink will allow them to start the vehicle from anywhere in the world via satellite…ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!  OnStar will assist an owner in finding the car if it is stolen…shut it down…and send the cops to retrieve it.  If you lock your keys in your Cruze, OnStar will unlock the car for you.  This is one frontier where you are never lost, never alone.

Add 10 air bags (most cars have only 8), 6 crash sensors (many cars only have 5), a safety cage surrounding the occupants with twice the high-strength steel used in many other vehicles, and a 5-star safety rating in every one of the 40 countries where the Cruze is marketed.  This is an awesome machine, backed by more than 4,000,000 miles of testing worldwide.

Suddenly, greatness has returned to the American automobile industry, and Chevrolet is leading the pack.  Designers and engineers are having fun again, and the buyer is the beneficiary.  Nothing is spared as safety, handling, and comfort are incorporated with performance, economy, and flat-out good looks.

If you think I am a marketing rep for General Motors, you’re dead wrong.  A year ago I was flying jets for a living.  For 42 years and 20,984 hours I learned the importance of quality, reliability, redundancy, utility, and mission completion ratios.  At 39,000 feet of altitude, it is a long way to the ground to find a mechanic when things go wrong.  But now that I am a ground-lubber, the Chevrolet Cruze perfectly covers my entire checklist of requirements.

America is back in Great Car Game, and Chevrolet is doing what they do best:  building the best…the best cars and trucks on the road.  Check out the Cruze and see if you don’t agree.

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Uncle Ben

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