The readers of The Diesel Driver magazine have voted the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel as the top diesel car of the year, and voted Chevrolet as the top diesel manufacturer.
“The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, with a market-leading 46 mpg highway (5.11 L/ 100 km) is clearly setting the pace for diesel-powered cars in the United States,” Jonathan Spira, editorial director of The Diesel Driver, said in a statement. “The message from our readers is clear. Diesels are back and Chevrolet is in the forefront.”
The Cruze secured 59.3 percent of the 11,030 votes cast. Competing models included the Audi A6, A7, and A8, BMW 328 and 535, Merecedes-Benz E250, GLK250 and ML250 and the Volkswagen Beetle, Golf and Jetta, among others.
“The Cruze Diesel is really showing the world what diesel can do,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet senior marketing manager. “It combines fuel efficiency and performance into a fun-to-drive vehicle that really offers compact car drivers an option that speaks to their lifestyle and personality.”
Chevrolet received 45 percent of the 11,161 votes cast for top diesel manufacturer. The nominees included Audi, BMW, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.
The Cruze Diesel, with its all-new 2.0L clean turbo-diesel engine, achieves an EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway, better than any non-hybrid or gasoline passenger car in America. This allows it to travel 717 miles on a single tank, equivalent to about 10 hours of highway driving.