6 Cars That Will Save GM: Chevrolet Cruze

Last Updated Nov 18, 2010 2:06 PM EST

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Chevrolet Cruze

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Television commercials show the Cruze hunting down its rivals with tag lines such as “It’s Civic season.” Cruze — adapted from a car already popular in Europe — is GM’s first strong entry in the compact segment dominated by the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. “Cruze is a crucial model because it is the biggest launch since the bankruptcy,” says J.D. Power’s Schuster. And with its EPA ratings of 24 mpg in city driving and 36 on the highway, Cruze is essential to GM’s strategy for meeting the strict 2016 federal average mileage requirements.

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