Chevrolet will soon launch an all-new Chevrolet Cruze in North America based on the same D2XX global vehicle platform the new Cruze for China is. That car will have lots to live up to considering the tremendous success the current version of the compact car has been, with GM recently announced sales of the Cruze have topped 3 million since its launch in 2008.
Cruze sales hit 3 million units this month after hitting 2 million units sold just 16 months ago. Chevrolet notes the Cruze is sold in 118 countries around the world, built in eleven different plants and has received eighty eight awards from automotive media in multiple countries.
“The Cruze is an extremely adaptable car that can cater to the demands of nearly every market in the world,” said GM executive vice president for Global Chevrolet, Alan Batey. “It is a testament to Chevrolet’s global focus and capabilities to offer a car that is so highly regarded in so many places.”
Chevrolet offers the Cruze in three different body styles around the world, a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and a station wagon. It’s also available with four different engines which vary between markets but include 1.4-liter, 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter gasoline engines, and 1.7-liter and 2.0-liter diesel engines.
China is the leading buyer of Cruzes as of July 2014, with 1.13 million units sold. The United States is a close second with 900,00 units, followed by Russia with 195,000, Brazil with 134,000 and Canada with 123,000.
The recently launched 2015 Cruze for China will be an important vehicle for Chevy, as small cars will be the hot-selling item going forward, analysts say. The car will start at the equivalent of $17,862 USD in China and is offered in seven different variants with a choice of either a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine or a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine.
“Small car sales around the world have been growing exponentially as emerging markets, in Asia and South America, increase car ownership while mature markets, like the U.S., downsize for fuel economy,” Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst for AutoTrader.com said. “Small cars like the Cruze are driving sales globally and will continue to do so.”