Chevrolet reveals its new Cruze WTCC car

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 13, 2008

With a latest global car upcoming for 2009, the World Touring Car Championship is the ideal venue for Chevrolet to put its most current model in public display. This is the fresh Cruze WTCC car, which substitutes the successful Lacetti as Chevrolet's challenger in the 2009 series. Propelled by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, the WTCC Cruze has a hard act to imitate, as the Lacetti won its concluding two outings for Chevrolet in Macau.

But the drivers of Chevrolet are positive that the latest vehicle will be a top contender in the series, which has received international respect as one of the most thrilling tin-top series since its inauguration in 2005.

British driver Rob Huff who hails from Newmarket, Suffolk, who has been with Chevrolet from the time when it was introduced in the World Touring Cars said: "The Cruze is a great car and feels fast straight out of the box. We are obviously still at the very early stages of development but already I can feel how much better it handles and what an advantage the car's wider track will be in a race environment".

Huff will be joined next year by Swiss race driver Alain Menu and Italian Nicola Larini. These three likewise drove for Chevrolet this year. RML Motorsport will arrange the cars for Chevrolet once more.

The Wellingborough, Northants, located firm has a track record of motorsport participation with GM, Chevrolet's parent company, and has looked after Chevrolet's WTCC participation since 2005.

The Chevrolet Cruze, the basis of the 2009 WTCC car, will be available for sale in the UK during the first half of 2009, and will further be sold in excess of 130 countries around the globe. It is one of Chevrolet's most significant latest versions ever, as it clearly demonstrates a fresh level of styling and excellence for the brand, both in Europe and in the USA. The car was publicly introduced to much commendation at the October 2008 Paris Motor Show.

Press Release

Chevrolet Presents New Cruze For 2009 WTCC

Chevrolet Europe has shown the first glimpse of the marque's 2009 World Touring Car Championship contender, today. The all-new Chevrolet Cruze, which recently premiered at the Paris Motor Show, will continue Chevrolet's presence in the WTCC, in which the marque so far has won twelve world championship races.

Testing of the new race car – which is the first to start Chevrolet's new design language in Europe – has already started and is on schedule, and will continue throughout the remainder of the current season and the coming winter. Developed, built, run and driven by the same team and drivers, the Cruze will be all but guaranteed the same speed, reliability and success. The Chevrolet Cruze's first competitive outing will be in Brazil at the opening round of the 2009 WTCC in Curitiba. In 2009, the WTCC will again visit twelve tracks, in South and Central-America, Africa, Europe and the Far-East.

Wayne Brannon: "Chevrolet has motorsport is deeply embedded in our DNA. With the new Cruze World Touring Car, Chevrolet continues to embrace its long tradition of winning on and off the track.. In the past four seasons, Chevrolet had distinguished itself in racing with an increasing number of victories, not so different from the record sales growth which has developed in Europe. Again this year, sales are up by 23 percent in the first six month, and we are very proud that customers are choosing us in record numbers. For our European dealers, the WTCC has been an extremely useful communications tool, and they look forward to the next season with Cruze. With Cruze, we again look to emphasize the synergy between product and motorsports, and the WTCC is the best possible platform to achieve this. The championship's slogan is 'Real Cars, Real Racing', and that fits nicely with our philosophy to provide real cars for real lives, with expressive design, world class quality / reliability and an impressive list of standard features and content, all at an affordable price."

Eric Nève: "The new Cruze will be the next milestone in Chevrolet Europe's motorsports history. So far, we have achieved every goal we set in 2005, step by step: challenge the competition, score points, prove we can win and then become regular frontrunners against competition with an established motorsports resume. With the Cruze, we will put the bar even higher and firmly aim at winning the World Championship. Chevrolet's unique 'trump card' is having worked with the same team, engineers and drivers for the past four seasons, with the success we all know. To be able to do this again with the Cruze will only help to increase our chances of achieving our goals."

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