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GM product chief explains Chevy’s lack of powerful small cars

Affordable small performance entry cars are glaringly absent in Chevrolet showrooms. Meanwhile, the U.S. market has been getting plenty of this sort of cars, which include the Ford Fiesta ST, Hyundai Veloster, Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. While potential Chevrolet customers get to choose from an array of highly luxurious, incredibly expensive models like the Corvette Stingray, the SS large sedan, and the upcoming redesigned Camaro muscle car, more pocket cars are coming to the market.

Soon, the Volkswagen Golf R, Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R will be making their arrival. General Motors product chief Mark Reuss was asked about this seeming oversight last month in an interview and he replied, "I love those things. We know how to do them really well." At the 2012 Detroit auto show, it was rumoured that Chevrolet is working on one such small car when it unveiled the Code 130R concept coupe. People were quick to name this rear-wheel-drive car as a possible baby Camaro.

However, it never entered production. Currently, the Sonic RS is the sportiest small car in Chevy's lineup. It has an output of 138hp and is basically just a cosmetic package with a more finely tuned suspension – very similar to a base Sonic.

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GM confirms diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze for U.S. in 2013

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson confirmed the existence of a U.S. diesel Cruze. Slated to be introduced in 2013, this model would be the first Detroit passenger-vehicle diesel since the 2006 Jeep Liberty CRD sport-utility. It would also be the first diesel car to come from Detroit since the 1980s. Akerson was interviewed by USA TODAY.

In it, he said that he took the U.S. diesel Cruze for a drive. He added that the new diesels are now quiet and that the one with automatic transmission has a fuel economy rating “in the low- to mid-40s.” Currently, the Volkswagen Jetta is the only U.S.-market compact car with a diesel now.

The version with the automatic transmission is rated 30 mpg in town, 42 on the highway. When compared to similar-size gasoline engines, the diesel engines get 20% to 40% better mileage.

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