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Michigan Chevrolet Dealers Will Receive Diesel Chevrolet Cruze; 2013 Expected Release

There are more than one alternative to hybrid vehicles to get more efficient fuel mileage and one of them is diesel engines. Michigan Chevrolet dealers have learned the popular Chevy Cruze will be coming to U.S. dealerships in a diesel version in 2013.

DETROIT, M.I. – Michigan Chevrolet dealers welcome the news that they will be receiving another fuel-efficient vehicle to offer their customers, starting in 2013. There are hybrids such as General Motors’ Chevy Volt or mild-hybrids such as the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, and diesel engines are an option that is steadily growing in the U.S. for higher fuel efficiency.

Currently, the diesel Chevrolet Cruze is already available in Europe and other countries and will finally be available for the U.S. market. The reason it took so long for the decision to bring the diesel to the U.S. market was because automakers such as General Motors believed that there would be no demand for such a vehicle, especially when diesel engines cost more than non-diesel.

Diesel engines get on average 20 to 40 percent better fuel mileage than other gasoline engines of the same size. It is true that the cost of diesel fuel is between five and 10 percent higher than regular gasoline, but diesel engines get better fuel economy because they do not burn as much fuel as gas engines to get the same amount of power.

Other benefits of diesel engines include:

no ignition system so there is no need for a tune up
exhaust systems last longer as diesel fuel exhaust is not as corrosive as gas exhaust
diesel engines may last between 400,000 and 600,000 miles

The more popular diesel available to the market now is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which sells for $ 22,995 and earns 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

General Motors expects the diesel Chevrolet Cruze to be in direct competition with the VW model, although pricing has not been announced yet.

Michigan Chevrolet dealers may know the highest performing gas-mileage vehicle available from General Motors is the Chevrolet Cruze Eco that is estimated at 42 mpg highway and 28 mpg city. The diesel Chevrolet Cruze is expected to beat those numbers while delivering 50 mpg. This puts the diesel in line to rival other fuel-efficient vehicles like hybrids such as the Toyota Prius.

Dealerships such as Michigan Chevrolet dealers may expect the diesel Chevrolet Cruze in their showrooms by the 2013 calendar year. Consumers may enjoy having another type of vehicle at their disposal to decide from as they choose which fuel-efficient vehicle is right for them.

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[Source(s): The Detroit News, USA Today, About.com]

2013 Chevrolet Malibu- Whats New?

The first Chevrolet Malibu, named after the city in America, hit the market in 1964 and was then a sub series of Chevrolet Chevelle. Since then General Motors have produced a number of Malibu models, and in 2010 it was the automakers best seller in the US. Chevrolet plan to sell the Malibu in over 100 countries and hope to replicate the success its had in the US. But in the increasingly crowded mid-size sedan segment how does Chevrolet plan to stand out with their next generation Chevy Malibu?

Design

Malibu Exterior Design, Dan Gifford, has said the 2013 Malibu is more athletic and more aggressive. The sportier 2013 model takes design cues from the brands sportier models- the Camaro and Corvette- and will be nearly three inches wider and just slightly shorter.

“We wanted to bring a sport sensibility to the family sedan segment,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director of design for GM.

Not only will the model have a wider, more aggressive stance but it will also be more aerodynamic, thanks to the integrated rear spoiler and active shutter system. The shutters work by opening when airflow to the engine is needed for cooling and close when cooling is not required. Chevrolet suggests the Malibu will have a coefficient of drag (Cd) rating near that of the Chevy Volt, the brands extended-range electric car. The dynamic surfacing is designed to catch light and show reflection in an exciting way, which GM hopes sets the Malibu apart from others in its class.

Interior & Technology

Being more than two inches wider than the 2010 Malibu, the new Chevrolet has 113 litres more cabin space. Premium materials have given the cabin a classier feel and Chevy have included some very clever new storage solutions, including a six inch deep storage space beneath the touch screen, perfect for storing mobiles. The new Chevrolet Malibu also comes with Chevys MyLink in-car infotainment package, which links users smartphone to the system allowing them to control music, navigation and even make calls or text using voice recognition technology or via the 7-inch colour touch screen display. The system is the first real competitor for Fords successful Sync system which uses the same priniciples of smartphone integration.

Engines & Handling

Chevrolet has opted trim the engine line up dropping the current V6 option for the 2013 model, which GM says is not as popular with Malibu buyers. The automaker will sell the new Chevrolet Malibu with a choice of more fuel-efficient and more powerful engines that will include a new 2.5 litre direct-injected Ecotec four-cylinder engine mated with a six-speed automatic. They are yet to reveal the engine options that will available in the European market. GM hope the European-influenced ride and handling will help the new Chevrolet Malibu sell in Europe.

Amy Sawyer is an online marketing executive currently researching the new Chevrolet.