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Chevy to Add Cruze Diesel in 2013

  Chevrolet will add a diesel variant to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013.

Chevrolet has confirmed it will add a diesel variant to the North American Cruze lineup in calendar year 2013. Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. Additional details on the Cruze diesel for North American markets will be released at a later date.

The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco, with a standard six-speed manual transmission, offers an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

Cruze recorded a total of 24,896 sales in the United States in June, the fifth consecutive month sales have exceeded 20,000. The success of the Cruze has increased Chevrolet’s total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5% a year ago to 11.9% for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19%.