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GM engineers unveil Chevrolet Cruze diesel

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The auto show season continues and the newest version of the Chevy Cruze is getting special attention from General Motors at the 2013 Cleveland Auto Show.

The soon to be launched Cruze Diesel has its own special platform in Chevrolet's display area at the Cleveland Auto Show.

At a news conference, GM executives called the Cruze Diesel an important new car in the GM lineup and that means a lot to the autoworkers in Lordstown.

"It's a testament to the members. It's a testament to GM and their belief in Lordstown," said UAW Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson.

Engineers say its 2.0 liter engine is the cleanest and best diesel GM has ever produced and will go head to head with German diesels that have dominated the diesel market.

"This is the epitome of high technology diesel engines," said GM Engineer Mike Siergrist.

The Cruze Diesel is the result of research that shows a large segment of consumers want a clean and fuel efficient diesel.

"Three percent of the small car market is diesel but it looks to grow to seven percent soon into the future," Johnson said. "So it's great to see GM and Chevrolet on the cutting edge of this technology."

The price of diesel today is over four dollars a gallon, but GM says its Cruze test models have consistently achieved over 42 miles per gallon.

A spokesperson for GM said that as gas prices fluctuate there is a price point in there where it makes good sense for somebody to buy a diesel.

The price for a well equipped Cruze diesel averages about $25,600, about $3,000 more than a standard Cruze, but it also comes with two years of free maintenance.

The GM display in Cleveland also features its other strong contenders in the small car market, the Sonic, Spark and the all electric Spark EV.

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