Chevrolet Cruze enthusiasts from across the U.S. and Canada visit Valley

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — Chevrolet Cruze enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada visited the Valley Friday morning to see how and where their Cruzes were built with a tour of the General Motors Lordstown complex.

The group of about 100 people met in Austintown. Around 60 Chevrolet Cruzes filled the parking lot of the Icehouse Inn in Austintown. They’re part of an online car club called Cruzetalk.

It’s the first time many of the members have met face-to-face. Mike and Sherri Ober drove 20 hours from Foxborough, Colorado. The Obers own three Cruzes. For them, it is about saving money on gas.

“Well, he commutes . . . 30 miles each way,” said Sherri Ober.

“I drive 300 miles a week and during the summer, when it’s warm, I’m getting 50 miles to the gallon,” said Mike Ober.

Andrei Pop of Chicago, Illinois organized the event as a way to make owning a Cruze a friendly experience.

“It attracts all sorts of age groups and all sorts of people. It reaches out to everybody. All the tuners, the guys who like to modify their cars. All the guys who just like a classy vehicle,” said Pop. “It appeals everywhere and it is reliable with good fuel economy. We were getting like 60 miles per gallon, some us on the way here.”

The group toured both the Manufacturing and Assembly wings at General Motors Lordstown. This is the second year they have visited the plant. The Cruzetalk car club hopes to visit again.

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