AAH #197 – Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: 50 MPG at 50 MPH?

May 24th, 2013 at 4:47pm

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Why take the risk? What makes you think it would work this time? We’re asking, of course, about GM’s relationship with the long-embattled diesel engine. Decades after the General killed diesels in passenger cars, Chevrolet is counting on a reversal in fortunes as it offers the Cruze with a modern diesel powerplant. This week as Mike Siegrist, Assistant Chief Engineer of the Chevy Cruze Diesel, joins us in studio with an engine in tow, we’ll ask him why the company is putting its faith in diesel once again. As usual, we’ll get into the latest news including Viper returning to Le Mans and Renault entering Formula E. Joining John McElroy in studio is co-host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production.

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2 Comments to “AAH #197 – Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: 50 MPG at 50 MPH?”

  1. doug Says:

    I’ve been in Silicon Valley for the last month and I see the Tesla Model S. I see at least 10 or 20/day. They’re obviously not BMW, but they’re definitely moving units. If you compare them on a unit basis against the Mercedes S class, Audi A8, and Porche Panamera (the Model S will do 0-60 faster than a Panamera) then they’re actually outselling established products/brands. Also keep in mind that their power trains are incredibly less complex than ICE power trains. It’s really just the battery, motor and transmission. That’s it. That’s not a lot of things to get wrong. They can easily ship 500,000 units out of the NUMMI plant. So there’s a very believable story that they can do their SUV (Model X) and a smaller sedan based on the exact same power systems that they have right now. They deserve at least the benefit of the doubt.

  2. Greg S. Says:

    Next time you have a Mopar person on your show, ask them if a Cummins diesel truck engine could fit in a Charger or a 300. Would make an interesting BMW/Mercedes competitor as a performance diesel.