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The Cruze name was first used as a rebadged version of the Suzuki Ignis sold as both a Chevrolet and a Holden. It was then a small car produced by Chevrolet & Holden since 2008.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Suzuki Ignis: Chevrolet Cruze page on 3 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Revealed as the Chevrolet YGM1 concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999, the Chevrolet Cruze derived from the Suzuki Ignis. The development of the Cruze departed from the original five-door hatchback Suzuki as a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Despite the Chevrolet branding, the YGM1, like the production car, was the work of GM's Australian arm, Holden. The YGM1 design team were given just 12 weeks to conceive the concept, styled by Peter Hughes under the direction of Holden's then chief designer, Michael Simcoe. The revamped interior was done under the direction of Jenny Morgan-Douralis, Holden's chief colour and trim designer at the time. Along with the styling, Holden also executed most of the engineering work and were responsible for devising the "Cruze" nameplate.

GM revealed the production Cruze on 22 October 2001 with a 1 November sales commencement date in Japan. Significantly, the Cruze marked GM's return to Japanese manufacturing for the first time since 1939, with production located at Suzuki's plant in Kosai, Shizuoka. In terms of design, the production version differs slightly from the YGM1: the flared fenders were toned down, and in lieu of the concept's 17-inch alloy wheels, 15-inch wheels were fitted. High-mounted wrap-around tail lights are featured at the rear, with dual circular brake lights set into the bumper—as carried over from the concept.

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chevrolet Cruze page on 3 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car that has been made by the Chevrolet division of General Motors since 2008. The nameplate has been used previously in Japan, for a version of a subcompact hatchback car produced under a joint venture with Suzuki from 2001 to 2007, and was based on the Suzuki Ignis.

Since 2009, the Cruze nameplate has designated a globally developed, designed, and manufactured four-door compact sedan—complemented by a five-door hatchback body variant (in 2010 it also replaced the Chevrolet Cobalt) from 2011, and a station wagon in 2012. The Cruze was actually released earlier in 2008 to the South Korean market under the name Daewoo Lacetti Premiere until the phasing out of the Daewoo brand in favor of Chevrolet in 2011. In Australia, the model has been on sale since 2009 as the Holden Cruze. This new generation Cruze does not serve as a replacement for the Suzuki-derived Japanese market predecessor. Instead, it replaces three other compact models: the Chevrolet Optra sold internationally under various names (such as the Suzuki Forenza in North America, Chevrolet Optra in Latin America, Chevrolet/Daewoo Lacetti in Europe and Asia), the Chevrolet Cobalt, sold exclusively in North America, and the Opel-sourced, Australia-market Holden Cruze (later returning in 2012 briefly as an Opel until the next year, and again in 2015 as a Holden).


Photographs

2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel 2013 2.0TD Diesel
2013 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Auto Show photo
2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
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2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel 2013 2.0TD Diesel
2013 Chicago Auto Show
Chicago Auto Show photo
2013 Chicago Auto Show Attendees are Treated to More Than 40 Eco-Friendly Choices
View photo of 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD Diesel - 3.8MB


Recalls

Years & ModelsIssuing AgencyRecall #Reason
2011NHTSA11V221000STEERING:COLUMN
2012NHTSA12V522000AIR BAGS


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
26 October 2001GM Builds Cars in Japan Amy Bickers
7 February 2013Chevrolet Debuts 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo DieselGeneral Motors
7 February 2013Unveiling of Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at Chicago Auto Show Highlights American Automakers' Renewed Production of Diesel VehiclesDiesel Technology Forum
28 October 2013General Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
6 January 2014Used Chevy Cruze Diesel Engine Receives GM Discount for Buyers at U.S. Engines Retailer WebsiteGotEngines.com
21 January 2014General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
5 May 2016Not Another Cadillac CimarronBill Crittenden
3 January 2017Trump Slams General Motors for Making Cars in MexicoKen Bredemeier, VOA News


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
6 April 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Dynamic Side Impact Protection (Rigid Pole)
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LS 4-Dr Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.3MB - 116 pages
28 April 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.2MB - 169 pages
20 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 135: Light Vehicle Brake Systems
2011 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT, FWD, 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 14.0MB - 70 pages
23 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.6MB - 80 pages
23 June 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301R: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.7MB - 57 pages
19 September 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Four-Door Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.3MB - 37 pages
20 February 201414V-092
To: Nancy Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC

PDF
- 2.5MB - 4 pages
21 February 2014NHTSA Recall 14V092000 2014 Buick Enclave, 2014 Buick Lacrosse, 2014 Buick Regal, 2014 Buick Verano, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, 2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, 2014 GMC Acadia
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
20 March 2014Broken Transmission Adjuster Cable/FMVSS 102/114
To: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 50KB - 2 pages


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