The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is an important car for General Motors.
It’s hugely outselling its lackluster predecessor, the Chevy Cobalt, and the EPA rates the special Cruze Eco model at 42 mpg in the highway cycle, giving it gas-mileage bragging rights.
Plug-in hybrid to join diesel model
But Chevrolet has big plans for future Cruze models. Now we learn that among them are a plug-in hybrid version that could debut as soon as 2014, following the 2013 Cruze clean-diesel model that was confirmed by CEO Dan Akerson in July.
Ten days ago, toward the end of the Los Angeles Auto Show media preview, GM executive Jim Federico told Australia’s Go-Auto site: “The plug-in Cruze has a place and it will be a hybrid.”
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Federico’s full title is Executive Director, Group Vehicle Line Executive/Vehicle Chief Engineer for Global Compact, Small, Mini and Electric Vehicles.