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Chevy gets 40 MPG without Hybrid Price Tag in their new Cruze Eco
Posted By Brit Liggett On March 29, 2010 @ 12:06 pm In automotive,Green Transportation | 5 Comments
At the New York Auto Show  later this week Chevrolet will debut their new super fuel-efficient mid-size sedan , the Cruze Eco. Clocking in at 40 mpg without hybrid technology  means great gas mileage without the hefty hybrid price tag. Along with the fuel-efficiency news  Chevy announced that all North American Cruze models will be produced in Ohio. The heightened production will create 1,200 new jobs  to support the 2011 launch. Coupled with the Chevy Volt  this new model adds to Chevrolet’s eco-auto cred.
Chevy says the Cruze Eco is, “powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine with variable valve timing that achieves an estimated 40 mpg on the highway when combined with a six-speed manual transmission.” The model also sports improved aerodynamics  and lightweight wheels  that assist in improving the vehicle’s efficiency . Chevy invested $350 million into their Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant — where all 1,200 new jobs will be located — to ramp up production efficiently. The 40 mpg of the Cruze Eco is better than comparably sized hybrids on the market now — like the Nissan Altima Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid.
Electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt  are a more plausible long-term solution to our petroleum driven automotive problems  but the Chevy Cruze Eco is a great mid-point. We don’t yet have the country-wide infrastructure  to support a complete American electric fleet. Until we build that we need short term solutions. The Chevy Cruze Eco is proof that the American automotive industry has the information they need to create fuel efficient cars now  without the price tag that recent hybrids have pushed on consumer’s wallets. Cheers to Chevy for making a green fleet. We can’t wait to see the Cruze and the Volt roll out on the streets.
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Via USA Today 
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 New York Auto Show: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/15/new-york-gets-its-first-ever-electric-vehicle-charging-station/
 super fuel-efficient mid-size sedan: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/25/hybrid-hydraulic-drive-vehicle-promises-170-mpg/
 hybrid technology: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/09/transonic-combustions-super-efficient-gas-engine-gets-98-mpg/
 fuel-efficiency news: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/the-governator-offers-1500-rebate-for-electric-motorcycles/
 1,200 new jobs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/02/obama-to-announce-cash-for-caulkers-program-today/
 Chevy Volt: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/01/plans-to-release-the-chevy-volt-early-hit-a-speedbump/
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/chevy-gets-40-mpg-without-hybrid-price-tag-in-their-new-cruze-eco/ecotech-turbo-engine/
 aerodynamics: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/darpa-unveils-speedy-solar-powered-smart-blimp/
 lightweight wheels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/05/reader-tip-magtenlight-harvests-energy-from-your-bike-wheels/
 vehicle’s efficiency: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/26/new-shock-system-harnesses-energy-from-bumpy-roads/
 petroleum driven automotive problems: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/12/white-house-finalizes-first-ever-national-law-to-limit-car-emissions/
 country-wide infrastructure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/17/energy-generating-self-heating-solar-roadway-unveiled/
 create fuel efficient cars now: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/19/students-design-all-electric-superbus-that-batman-would-ride/
 + Chevrolet: http://www.chevrolet.com/
 USA Today: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/03/chevrolet-boasts-that-cruze-eco-could-get-40-mpg/1
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