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FCA Let GM Experiment, Saved Cash

by David Zatz on

When the Chevrolet Cruze arrived with a diesel engine supplied by a division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, many slammed FCA for not putting a diesel into the Dart.

The last laugh was on Chevy, though, as fuel prices plummeted and demand for the Cruze diesel seems to have evaporated. The 2016 Cruze, due this fall, will come without the diesel option — at least until 2017, when GM claims it will have a 1.6 liter diesel from GM Europe.

2015 cruze diesel

Cruze will use a 153 turbocharged 1.4, like the Dart does (160 hp), for around 40 mpg; it will also have a stop-start system. A non-turbo 1.5 liter engine will also be around, for 113 hp.

Volkswagen has done well selling diesel-powered cars, but it appears Americans are not yet ready for an American-made small car powered with the efficient but expensive, high-torque but low-horsepower engines.

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