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^M00:00:07 >>When it comes to Chevy's big bet; a leaner, smaller, more efficient car is going forward. This is the largest bill in the stack, it's the Chevy Cruze. But aside from being a small, lean car, this is the smaller, leaner version of it. The Chevy Cruze Eco being rolled out here at the New York International Auto Show. They've done a lot of things to make this car, not terribly technically complicated, but still very efficient, trying to hit the 40 mile per gallon mark. Now here's the motor that makes this green car green, a 1.4 liter, you heard me, 1.4, tiny by US standards, in line for variable valve timing turbo charged but no electrification, no hyrid, no plugin, no electric, none of that nonsense. Just a good old gas burning motor, but lean and small: 138 horsepower, 148 foot pounds of torque. Those are good numbers for some of them will just about fit in your pocket. Acceleration, though, is still going to be a little leisurely because of I suspect some tall gearing in the vehicle. Nine or ten seconds zero to sixty depending on whether you have an automatic, which I think is a surprise additional announcement or a six speed manual, which will tend to give you the best efficiency. Right around 40 MPG highway is the expectation, but of course, no engine can be totally efficient if the car it's dragging around isn't as efficient as well.
There's going to be the application of a long haul truck technology on this vehicle. They're going to have active shutters up here on the grill that will close off to smooth the air flow a bit at highway speeds and of course low profile tires as you might except, a little bit of the body shape has been tweaked for better air flow as well as an air management underneath the pan. All these little tweaks brought together in a vehicle are what helped that little guy use the least amount of gas. Chevy talks about this being hybrid efficiency without the hybrid price tag. Easy to say for a company that has no other hybrid cars. Exact MPG and pricing will be coming out closer to its cue for deliver in show rooms.
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