The Chevy Cruze Eco, with a combined 35 MPG, is poised to help change the face of American auto giant General Motors, with a few of the changes already in effect. The compact, green, eco-friendly auto may also be on view at a Motor Trend Auto Show coming near you. The auto show is hitting cities across the country, from Milwaukee to Phoenix, while the Cruze Eco has been available at Chevy dealers in Arizona, and across the nation, since new arrivals hit the market last year.
Breaking Sales Records
With nearly 26,000 Chevy Cruze sales in August, the compact and eco-friendly car set a sales record for parent company GM. That particular month was also amazing enough for the Cruze to earn it the No. 1 or No. 2 slot for best-selling compact car in the entire country, according The Plain Dealer. This is an especially hefty feat since its compact car competitors consist of hot sellers like the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic. Cruze Eco August sales helped the auto-making giant gain an impressive 11 percent in sales overall for the entire month over August 2011.
Moving GM Into High-Tech Territory
The all-new green living car is also helping GM cruise into high-tech territory already visited by other automakers. Several high-tech options on the Cruze list include a USB port, remote start, heated seats, photo-sensitive headlights and a built-in navigation system. Impressed by the system’s functions that estimated the time and distance to the chosen destination, the blog Geek Mom gave nothing but an overall positive outlook for the all-new Cruze Eco.
Setting the Stage for a Global Platform Overhaul
The Chevy Cruze Eco will be the first horse out of the GM stable, so to speak, sporting a brand new, redesigned global platform, according to Reuters. This is huge, especially since that very platform is expected to underpin an annual 2.5 million crossovers and compact sedans going forward to 2018. Consumers can expect to see this platform unveiled in the fall of 2014 with the 2015 models.
This move is also a big turn since it takes two existing compact platforms, that of the crossover and that of the compact sedan, and combines them into a single entity. Known internally by GM as the D2XX platform, the platform will combine the Delta II and Theta platforms. The former is used by the 2012 Cruze and Volt and the latter is used by the 2012 Equinox.