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Auto dealers pick up the new diesel Cruze from the GM Lordstown plant

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio - More than 60 Eastern Ohio Chevy dealers gathered at the General Motors Lordstown plant to take delivery of their first turbo diesel Cruze.

Before the big drive away, the dealers received a refresher course on what makes the diesel Cruze a stand-out from it's competition.

The Cruze has more horse power and more torque, it ranks highest in miles per gallon, it has the longest fuel range, and provides a best-in-category ten safety air bags.

700 miles on a tank of gas would take you from Youngstown to Myrtle Beach with fuel left over.

While nearly half of all passenger cars in Europe are diesel, the percentage is the U.S. is still 5% or less, but GM says American buyers are asking for affordable, clean diesel and the demand is growing.

"Diesel passenger cars are considered somewhat of a niche market, they're about the same size as the hybrid market is today" said Christi Landy, Chevrolet Small Car Marketing Director. "But what we are seeing is a growth in the number of buyers and vehicle car sales in this category" Landy added.

The diesel does add to the price of a Cruze. Starting at just under 26-thousand dollars, it's loaded with many features. The price of diesel fuel tends to be higher at the pump, but as the dealers prepared to drive away they say they have customers waiting for the diesel to arrive.

"We have a lot of names we have to call, so when it hits the ground we're calling a lot of people saying come on in and take it for a test drive" said Barry Gonis of Spitzer Chevrolet, Lordstown.

Starting out, Diesel Cruze production will amount to less than 10% of Lordstown's total production.

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