The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car sold by Chevrolet since 2009. The nameplate was previously used in Japan, for the model of a subcompact hatchback car maker under a joint venture with Suzuki between 2001 and 2008, based on the Suzuki Ignis.
Since 2009, the Cruze nameplate designated a global development, design and manufacture four-door compact sedan topped by a five-door hatchback body variant of 2011, and a station wagon in 2012. The Chevrolet Cruze is earlier in 2008 South Korean market under the name Daewoo Lacetti Premiere to phasing out the brand Daewoo in favor of Chevrolet in 2011 in Australia, the model is also available as the Holden Cruze since 2009. This new generation of Cruze serves as a replacement for the Suzuki-derived predecessor. Instead, it was replaced two other compact models, the Daewoo Lacetti sold internationally under different titles, and the North American-specific Chevrolet Cobalt.
Chevrolet Cruze Powertrain
The Chevrolet Cruze equipped with the 1.6-liter and 1.8L engines version of the same, and a 2.0-liter VM Motori RA 420 SOHC turbo common rail diesel, marketed as VCDi. All three engines are matched to a five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select. When the Cruze in the United States launched in 2010, is a new 1.4-liter Family 0 turbo petrol engine introduced. North American models equipped with the 1.8-liter petrol engine is also upgraded to a standard six-speed manual.
In 2011, a new 2.0-liter diesel engine family Z as VCDi market replaces the previous VM Motori VCDi unit of equal displacement. Since the end of 2011, the Chinese market models available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with a six-speed manual.
Chevrolet Cruze Motorsport
The Chevrolet Cruze for the first time in the World Touring Car Championship in 2009 with a 2.0-liter naturally spirited engine, with six victories in his first season. The car successfully since its entry proof, with Yvan Muller winning the championship in 2010 and again in 2011 by the new 1.6-liter turbo engine. Chevrolet placed first, second and third in 2011, with Muller finishing for team-mates Rob Huff and Alain Menu. Chevrolet finished 1-2-3 again in 2012, this time, Huff becoming the champion for Menu and Muller.
The Chevrolet Cruze also the British Touring Car Championship in 2010 and 2011. Jason Plato won the championship for Chevrolet in 2010 and finished third in 2011. The BTCC Cruze uses the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine found in the original version of the WTCC Cruze.
The Chevrolet Cruze has since been sold to Aiden Moffat, the car will run his own team for 2014 BTC Racing will write a hatchback version of the Cruze for 2014, driven by Chris Stockton. The car was originally designed by Jason Plato to be used in 2012, but RML and Chevrolet withdraw from the BTCC and mothballed tracking. BTC Racing acquired it and was initially included on the entry list for 2013, but the car was not finished in time and never the whole season appeared.
Chevrolet Cruze Safety
The Australian new motor Program (ANCAP) announced in May 2009 that it has awarded the Cruze a full five stars in their independent safety crash test, with 35.04 out of a possible 37 points. The following July, the China New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP) awarded the Cruze a maximum of five stars in their independent safety crash test. The Cruze SE tested 1.6-liter achieves a maximum of 16 points in side impact collision, 14:44 front-end collision, and 15.73 in the 40 percent frontal offset crash. Euro NCAP released its rating in November, with the Chevrolet Cruze again receiving the full five-star rating. While the Cruze achieved 96 percent to protect adult and 84 per cent for child protection occupant, FIG Euro NCAP’s pedestrian quoted at significantly lower 34 percent.
In December 2009, the South Korean specification Cruze-the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere received the top rating of five stars from the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP). According to ANCAP, the premiere Lacetti received five-star ratings in frontal, offset frontal, side, and whiplash tests. In the United States, the Cruze received the highest possible rating of “good” in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests protection by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Cruze has been recognized as a 2011 Top safety Pick.
In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the Cruze awarded its highest five-star rating for safety. The score is broken down into maximum 5-star results for collision, side impact, and side pole test (driver). The NHTSA certified the Cruze’s rollover rating in four out of five stars.