Chevrolet has announced that a biodiesel version of the Chevy Cruze will be available in North America by 2013. Currently, the diesel variant of the Cruze is being marketed and sold throughout Europe.
The availability in diesel will further bolster the Cruze’s fuel efficiency. The Cruze Eco, a standard six-speed manual transmission is the most fuel efficient conventional vehicle in America with 42 mpg as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
With the announcement of the Cruze’s availability in 2013, American motorists will have the option to fill up on diesel and biodiesel blends.
The Cruze compact car, first introduced in 2008, has increased Chevrolet’s total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5 percent to 11.9 percent for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19 percent. In June the Cruze was the top-selling car in the U.S. and has sales that exceeded more than 20,000 in the past five months.
Along with the Volt, the Cruze is a part of Chevrolet’s fuel efficient and alternative fuel offerings. Chevrolet plans future announcements on the progress of the biodiesel version of the Cruze as they approach its introduction in North American markets by 2013.