3 million sold

THE Chevrolet Cruze has officially sold three million units around the world this month, just 16 months after selling its two millionth model. The compact car is the brand’s best-selling nameplate.

The Cruze has proved itself a global player among small cars. General Motors builds the sedan at 11 plants worldwide, including its Thai assembly plant in Rayong and sells it in 118 countries including Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Cruze has won 88 awards since its introduction in 2009. This year, Grand Prix International named Cruze among its “Car of The Year 2014” award-winners at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Cruze 1.8 LTZ won for Best Sedan under 1,800 CC.

Cruze’s 1.8-litre Ecotec powertrain, updated with flex-fuel (E85) capability, runs on any form of gasoline, from pure gasoline to fuel with up to 85 per cent ethanol. The use of E85 produces less carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, benzine and butadiene emissions.

“The Cruze is an extremely adaptable car that can cater to the demands of nearly every market in the world,” said GM executive vice president of Global Chevrolet, Alan Batey.

“It is a testament to Chevrolet’s global focus and capabilities to offer a car that is so highly regarded in so many places.”

Chevrolet is committed to building product in the markets they are sold, so the Cruze is built in 11 different countries on five continents. GM design teams in South Korea and Germany had the global consumer in mind when developing the car in just 27 months in the late 2000s before debuting in South Korea in November of 2008.

“Small car sales around the world have been growing exponentially as emerging markets, in Asia and South America, increase car ownership while mature markets like the US and downsize for fuel economy,” says Senior analyst for AutoTrader.com Michelle Krebs.

“Small cars, like the Cruze, are driving sales globally and will continue to do so.”

The Cruze endured intensive durability testing, including extreme weather tests and more than 210 crash tests tailored to the regulatory demands of the countries where it is sold.

To appeal to the different markets’ tastes, the Cruze is available in three body styles including a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon. Cruze is powered by five different engines, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre gasoline engines, and 1.7 and 2-litre diesel engines. Fiji customers are offered the sedan version in 1.6 and 1.8 litre variants.

Vision Motors recently launched the Chevrolet franchise in Fiji and in just 6.5 months it has sold around 50 Cruze making it the highest selling passenger sedan in its category. Strong design appeal and build strength, euro tuned suspension, extremely high fuel economy and our unparalleled after sales service support are the key reasons the Cruze has won the hearts of our Fijian customers.

All Chevrolet vehicles come with three years, 100,000 km warranty and very low service costs.

For more information, you can contact Rajan Murti in Suva on 890 2220, Irfan Hussein from Nadi on 7774967 Nadi and James Speight on 8902230.