Chevrolet Cruze History
Most everyone knows someone that drives a Chevy Cobalt, but pretty soon instead we all might know someone that drives a Chevy Cruze. The Chevrolet Cruze was introduced into global production in 2008 as the Cobalt’s replacement, and brought with it more sophisticated exterior styling.
Before its introduction as a global nameplate in 2008, the Cruze was sold in Japan from 2001 to 2008. It wasn’t until the 2011 model year that the US and Canadian version of the Chevy Cruze would arrive. The Cruze went into American production in July 2010 at the Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing plant.
The Cruze remains in its first generation, but received a noticeable facelift for the 2013 model year, which included an update front fascia with an enhanced grille and completely redesigned foglamps. The recent introduction of new powertrains has reinvigorated sales. Honeywell Turbo Technologies created the Cruze Turbo Diesel, and supplied the turbochargers used in the Cruze Eco.
The next generation of the Chevrolet Cruze is expected in the upcoming model year, as spy shots have been taken of the compact covered in camouflage.
Chevrolet Cruze Racing History
The Chevrolet Cruze is probably not most driver’s first choice for a racecar, but the Cruze has performed well in the World Touring Car Championship since it arrived in 2009, earning championships in 2010 and 2011 with driver Yvan Muller.