Cruze named top Diesel car of the year

Chevy Cruze Diesel
Chevy Cruze Diesel

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has been named the top diesel car of the year.

According to Diesel Driver, General Motors has also been named top diesel manufacturer of 2014.

The Cruze finished with 59.3 percent of the 11,030 votes casts in the contest against Audi, BMW, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat and Touareg.

“The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, with a market-leading 46 mpg highway, is clearly setting the pace for diesel-powered cars in the United States,” said Jonathan Spira, editorial director of The Diesel Driver. “The message from our readers is clear. Diesels are back and Chevrolet is in the forefront.”

Chevrolet received 45 percent of the 11,161 votes cast for top diesel manufacturer. The ballot included Audi, BMW, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.

For the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet Cruze boasts a 46 mpg highway rating, better than any non-hybrid or gasoline passenger car in America.

Chevrolet recently revealed the 2015 Cruze, which will debut at the New York International Auto Show. The new model includes revised exterior styling and new electronics such as Text message alerts, Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspots.

The engine is built in Kaiserslautern, Germany and the vehicle is assembled at the General Motors Lordstown plant.

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