In just a few months, Chevrolet’s all-new, second-generation 2016 Cruze will go on sale in the United States. Then, in the fall of 2016, the Bow Tie brand will launch the much-anticipated five-door 2017 Cruze hatch. That much you (probably) already know. But here are five facts about the Chevy Cruze that are less-known:
- Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
- Since the introduction of the Cruze, Chevrolet’s retail share of the compact segment has grown from 5.8 to 9.4 percent
- 35 percent of Cruze customers are new to Chevrolet
- In the U.S., Cruze is the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25
- In Australia and New Zealand, the Cruze is sold as the Holden Cruze
But what we’re excited about the most is that the new, second-gen Cruze will be available in sedan and hatchback body styles in North America. The former will be made at GM’s plant in Lordstown, Ohio, USA while the latter will be produced at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. By contrast, the first-generation Cruze was offered only as a four-door sedan in North America, despite being offered in five-door hatchback and five-door wagon body styles in other markets around the world.