GM Shows Chevrolet Cruze in Shanghai

In case you still have doubts that China is becoming a major automotive industry, here's GM proving that you're wrong. The American car giant launched numerous new models at the Auto Shanghai 2009, including the Chevrolet Cruze which is expected to go on sale in the country at the end of April. The car will be priced between RMB 108,900 (US$15,900) and RMB 148,900 (US$21,800) and will be offered in a choice of six different configurations.

Chevrolet Cruze relies on three different powerplants, 1.6-, 1.8-liter and 1.6-liter turbocharged. The turbo engine generates a maximum power of 180 hp and 230 Nm of torque between 1,980 and 5,500 rpm, according to figures provided by General Motors.

The model was first unveiled to the general public in October 2008 in South Korea and was projected to be launched in European and North American markets in the first quarter of 2009 and 2010, respectively. In South Korea, Chevrolet Cruze will be manufactured at GM Daewoo's production facility and will be locally sold as Lacetti Premiere.

“The Cruze reinterprets the traditional sedan with drama, confidence and a decidedly upscale presence,” said Taewan Kim, the Cruze’s chief designer. “It is a refreshing, exciting design that advances Chevrolet’s character around the world.”

In the United Kingdom, Chevrolet Cruze has a base price of 11,545 pounds and is offered with a total of four engine configurations, with the lowest version developing 113 horsepower.

“Chevrolet has become a growing force in China’s vehicle market,”
said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “The Cruze builds on the reputation of the brand for attractive design, great performance and outstanding fuel economy in the domestic compact segment.”
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