The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze that was unveiled last Wednesday aims to be at the top of the small car segment by being bigger but lightweight and by being filled with features on safety and connectivity. When compared to its predecessor, the next-generation Cruze is longer by 2.7 inches. However, it was able to cut its weight by around 250 pounds, allowing the car to attain an EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway.
It’s lower by around one inch and its profile is more sculpted and is swept back, earning it the recognition as one of the most aerodynamic models ever made by General Motors. The unveiling of the redesigned best-selling global car of GM was hosted by CEO Mary Barra and Mark Reuss, the global product-development chief. It is set to start selling early next year.
GM is hoping to build on the exceptional sales of the existing Cruze, which started selling in the U.S. as a new template in autumn of 2010. The Cruze had succeeded the Chevy Cobalt. The Automotive News Data Center revealed that when it comes to U.S. sales volume for 2014, the Cruze has outpaced its rivals to land at third place among other compact cars with 273,060 units sold (a 10% increase).
Toyota sold 339,498 Corollas while Honda was able to sell 325,981 Civics. In addition, the Cruze has turned into GM’s most global car. Since the present-generation Cruze made its global debut in 2008, about 3.5 million units have been sold. Outside the U.S., GM considers Brazil and China as two of its top markets.