Christmas get-togethers throughout North America have been ruined once we reported, final December, that the guide transmission would quickly depart the Chevrolet Cruze secure. That unhappy little bit of information got here by means of VIN decoder paperwork submitted to the NHTSA by Common Motors for the 2019 mannequin yr.
For now, the stick shift lives, each in gasoline- and diesel-powered Cruzes. Nevertheless, an replace to the 2018 VIN doc suggests an early arrival for the constantly variable transmission.
The one change to this yr’s doc is the addition of a “Chevrolet Cruze (CVT)” to the vehicle line class, becoming a member of L, LS, LT, Premier, and Diesel trim ranges in each guide and automated guise.
Whereas a CVT would assist drivers wring additional fuel financial system out of the mannequin’s 1.four-liter turbo 4-cylinder within the absence of a stick shift, it wouldn’t do something to assist the diesel mannequin. That mannequin loses the six-velocity guide subsequent yr, docs present, leaving solely a 9-velocity automated that sinks freeway fuel financial system from fifty two mpg to a far much less interesting forty five mpg.
The CVT’s belated look within the 2018 doc factors to a mid-yr introduction of the tranny, although the extent of its availability stays a thriller. One other thriller is the provider. In 2016, Dan Nicholson, GM’s vice chairman of worldwide propulsion methods, stated the automaker was “pretty bullish” on CVTs for entrance-drive automobiles as much as a sure weight restrict, with future CVTs probably manufactured in-home or although a partnership with Ford. GM tapped Nissan-owned Jatco for the CVT in its Chevrolet Spark.
There’s additionally a CVT discovered within the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.
U.S. Cruze gross sales peaked in 2014 with 273,060 automobiles bought, sinking annually since. Final yr, because the mannequin’s Lordstown, Ohio meeting plant weathered a collection of shutdowns designed to tame a bloated stock, some 184,751 Cruze sedans and hatches discovered American consumers. Gross sales over the primary two months of 2018 reveal a 32.eight % drop from the identical interval in 2017.
Lordstown’s plant supervisor, Rick Demuynck, claims the automaker stays dedicated to the mannequin.
H/T to Bozi Tatarevic!
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