How do you drop 26 lbs out of Chevrolet Cruze ECO? Remove the spare tire from the trunk. GM engineers dropped the spare tire from the Cruze ECO, replacing it with an on-board tire inflator kit and using the tire pressure monitoring system in the vehicle.
“Getting rid of something as important as the spare tire wasn’t a decision we made lightly. The universal implementation of tire pressure monitoring systems over the past five years has significantly reduced the likelihood that a flat tire will leave you stranded by the side of the road,” said Terry Connolly, GM director of Tire and Wheel Systems.
Connolly goes on to say the combination of the on-board tire inflator kit and tire pressure monitoring system helps increase the fuel mileage of the ECO by alerting owners that their tires are low on pressure. Also, the weight of the inflator kit helps improve the fuel economy because it’s a lighter alternative to the spare tire.