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GM's Reuss said that Lordstown's success with the Cruze was a personal goal for him. His father, Lloyd Reuss, was chief engineer on the Chevrolet Vega built at the plant in the early 1970s. Reuss said that as a child, he spent several months living in Lordstown-area hotels as his father worked out production problems on that car.

In an interview, Reuss said he was running GM's Australian Holden subsidiary in 2008 when that brand launched the Cruze overseas. Holden had minimal sales in the small car market before the Cruze, Reuss said, but is now a close second to the Corolla.

"The car, in a very mature, fuel-conscious market, is doing well," Reuss said.

GM ceremony in Lordstown marks start of Chevrolet Cruze production | cleveland.com
 

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I think GM has changed direction. I think they have decided that they cannot beat the imports with American cars. Look at the Cruze. It looks like something that Toyota or Mazda would have made. IMHO they have decided to start building imports, to jump on the bandwagon. What better way to do that than to bash the cars they used to make?

I want to see their precious little cruze get the mpg that I get from my balt, and still have the 148 HP I have when I want it.
 

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I think GM has changed direction. I think they have decided that they cannot beat the imports with American cars. Look at the Cruze. It looks like something that Toyota or Mazda would have made. IMHO they have decided to start building imports, to jump on the bandwagon. What better way to do that than to bash the cars they used to make?

I want to see their precious little cruze get the mpg that I get from my balt, and still have the 148 HP I have when I want it.
Actually the Cruze with the 1.4T is supposed to make 148HP and 148TQ and get 40+mpg on the highways. So, I might be on board with this thing as soon as I see one in person and test drive one. Plus a Six speed Manual or Auto
 

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I think GM has changed direction. I think they have decided that they cannot beat the imports with American cars. Look at the Cruze. It looks like something that Toyota or Mazda would have made. IMHO they have decided to start building imports, to jump on the bandwagon. What better way to do that than to bash the cars they used to make?

I want to see their precious little cruze get the mpg that I get from my balt, and still have the 148 HP I have when I want it.
It probably will get better, I mean, it's rated at 36 for the normal model - and the Eco should be 40+, and probably attain more than that. Technology helps there...

Honestly, the Cobalt is pretty decent quality when compared to other vehicles in the same segment - people just seem to talk out their ass about the car when they have absolutely no room to speak.

We had a Corolla here at work in March, and it was absolutely pathetic, the cluster hood grain felt literally like sandpaper, and the patchwork effect was awful - not to mention the terrible gap size and consistency, along with flushness inconsistencies. The civic isn't much better.

Honestly, from a standpoint of someone who works with interiors every day (I actually work in perceived quality, so I look at how consumers will view the interior), the Cobalt has a good interior for the segment. And the drivetrain of the car is very reliable, that's for sure.

I love my little Balt!
 

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Actually the Cruze with the 1.4T is supposed to make 148HP and 148TQ and get 40+mpg on the highways. So, I might be on board with this thing as soon as I see one in person and test drive one. Plus a Six speed Manual or Auto
The "build your own" from Chevy puts all trim levels at 138 HP including the 1.4TC... Here is the link.

Build Your Own 2011 Cruze | Chevrolet

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I am wondering, purely hypothetically just what the dimensions are on the Cruze's dashboard as compared to the Cobalt....
 

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I was wondering that as well...
 

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The "build your own" from Chevy puts all trim levels at 138 HP including the 1.4TC... Here is the link.

Build Your Own 2011 Cruze | Chevrolet

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I am wondering, purely hypothetically just what the dimensions are on the Cruze's dashboard as compared to the Cobalt....
I wonder when that changed, because Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and Consumer Reports all reported that the 1.4T was supposed to be 148hp and same on TQ. So GM decided to step it down on the tuning again, and lost their 40+mpg because of it... Do they not get that MORE Power means MORE Economy??? Check out the Vette, they almost got it right on that, it gets over 26mpg with 430hp of raw power, and could be more if the gearing was right... like say a seven speed instead of six.
 

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I wonder when that changed, because Motor Trend, Car and Driver, and Consumer Reports all reported that the 1.4T was supposed to be 148hp and same on TQ. So GM decided to step it down on the tuning again, and lost their 40+mpg because of it... Do they not get that MORE Power means MORE Economy??? Check out the Vette, they almost got it right on that, it gets over 26mpg with 430hp of raw power, and could be more if the gearing was right... like say a seven speed instead of six.
They Vette is also significantly more aerodynamic, and weighs about the same as a Cruze, if not a little bit more - the LS series engine is also one of the most efficient V8s out there, if not the most efficient. The mileage it attains is actually kind of obscene for the power it makes.

The rear gearing would play more of an effect than number of gears in the transmission...
 
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