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GM To Make Chevy Cruze Investing 500M In Small Cars

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GM is going to build Chevy Cruze and will invest 500 million U.S. dollars in small car production shifting slowly from big SUVs tosmall cars due to higher and rising fuel costs. Chevy Cruize will get its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and will be available globally starting in Europe next March.

GM claims that fit and finish of the Cruze will be world class for a small car, and that its interior will use “grained surfaces, soft-touch materials and low gloss trim panels” to improve its perceived quality. Unfortunately, no shots of the interior were provided.

The Chevy Cruze will be a global car, and as such it’s going on sale in Europe first. It will makes its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, where European customers will be the first to check it out in person before it goes on sale in March 2009 overseas.

Chevy Cruze will be available at launch with a 112-hp 1.6L engine, a 140-hp 1.8L and a 150-hp 2.0L turbodiesel. The North American version will likely get GM’s upcoming direct injected 1.4L four-cylinder. The Cruze will also offer a five-speed manual and GM’s first application of a six-speed automatic in a small car.

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