Enthusiasts looking forward to new Cruze model

chevy cruze enthusiasts gather in warren, ohio

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s not just local GM workers who take pride in the Chevrolet Cruze.

A group of Cruze enthusiasts from all over the U.S. gathered in the Mahoning Valley Friday.

The enthusiasts gathered at the United Auto Workers Local 1112 union hall Friday morning to show off their cars. Union President Glenn Johnson said that owners from as far as California and Canada made their way to the gathering Friday.

“I had to come to the biggest Cruze meet that there was,” said Robert Gillespie, who drove his Chevrolet Cruze 2500 miles from California to Lordstown. He’s a member of Cruze Talk, which brings together people from across the United States and Canada.

“(We) get to meet other Cruze owners, talk about the car and just get to know each other,” Andrei Pop of Indiana said.

Members visited the U-A-W Local 11-12 hall after their tour of the GM Lordstown plant where the Cruze is built.

“The feedback you get from people helps our operators personalize what they do for a living,” Lordstown Plant Manager Steve Notar Donato said. “It connects them with the ultimate customer.”

And as expected, the enthusiasts had questions about the new Cruze, which will be unveiled June 24 in Detroit.

“I’m excited to see what’s going to be new about it. Obviously, it looks different and I’m sure (the) material will be upgraded,” Pop said. “But, I want to see what they did in terms of powertrain, different options.”

Donato said the 2016 model will be larger and have increased gas mileage.

“We have full production on the current model Cruze, but at the same time, we’re challenged and blessed with the opportunity to build a brand new one,” Donato said. “So, that involves a lot of installation of new equipment, a lot of relocation of old equipment, and a lot of training of employees on how to build the new model because it is a brand new model from the ground up.”

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