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Chevy Colorado Gets EPA Nod as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup

First pickup to top 30 mpg on the highway.

by on Nov.09, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is the only midsize diesel - other than its near-twin GMC Canyon.

Move over Dodge Ram EcoDiesel, Chevrolet has just landed the lead in the pickup fuel-economy shootout, its new 2016 Colorado Duramax Diesel getting an EPA rating of as much as 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

That’s two mpg better than the Ram “oil burner” – though there is an asterisk: the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a full-size pickup, while the2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax falls into the midsize truck category.

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Nonetheless, “The Colorado Duramax diesel is in a league of its own,” boasted Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Colorado’s gas models already led the segment in fuel efficiency, and the new diesel…gives customers even greater freedom to go where they want with fewer fill-ups.”


First Drive: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

A diesel worth a closer look.

by on Oct.06, 2015

A Z71 version of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel.

It’s probably a good time to clear the air…about diesels, that is. Sadly, the scandal touched off last month by the revelation Volkswagen had cheated on diesel emissions testing could choke off the emerging U.S. market for this technology. But spend a little time behind the wheel of the new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel and you’ll quickly understand why that would be a big mistake.

Diesels have long been favored by heavy-duty truckers because of their fuel-efficiency, hauling power and durability. Now, add the fact that the 2.8-liter inline-four in the Colorado is smooth, quiet and, yes, as clean as anything in its class and you get a package that is clearly worth considering if you’re in the market for a midsize truck.

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But timing is everything, or so it’s often been said, so it remains to be seen if the VW scandal will cause potential Chevrolet Colorado diesel buyers to hesitate.


Chevy Rolls Out New 2016 Colorado Diesel

Oil-burner offers significant boost in mileage and towing capacity.

by on Jul.28, 2015

Chevrolet will be the first maker in the midsize pickup segment to offer a diesel option.

A year after launching its new midsize Colorado pickup, Chevrolet is back with a new diesel-powered version of the truck.

The new 2.8-liter Duramax diesel will be offered in the near-twin GMC Canyon, as well, making the pair the only diesels offered in the rebounding midsize pickup market. While no hard figures for the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel were released, it has been widely anticipated that highway mileage will top 30 mpg when the truck goes on sale this fall.

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“Along with greater capability and efficiency, it expands the Colorado lineup to give customers more choices and the capability of exploring more possibilities on and off the road, said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing.


Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Will Deliver 46 MPG

Highway mileage near match for Toyota Prius.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will have the highest highway mileage rating of any non-hybid passenger car sold in the U.S.

Sedan buyers looking to get hybrid-level fuel economy without having to actually opt for a hybrid vehicle now have a new alternative – the EPA giving the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel a 46 mpg rating on the highway.

That comes in ahead of the Toyota Prius V, matches the smaller Prius C – and falls just 1 mpg short of Ford’s 47 mpg Fusion Hybrid. But, as is often the case, highway mileage alone can be misleading.

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The “Clean” Cruze is General Motors’ first diesel-powered passenger car in roughly three decades to be sold in the U.S. market. The maker “harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said the project’s chief engineer Gary Altman. As with its key competitors, about half of all the vehicles GM sells in Europe use diesel power.


GM Brings Back the “Oil Burner” with the new Cruze Diesel

It’s Detroit maker’s first diesel since 1986.

by on Feb.07, 2013

You might not notice there's a diesel in this car but for the small 2.0 TD badge.

There are some folks – including a few inside General Motors – who believe GM almost singlehandedly killed off the American diesel.  For now, however, the question is whether it can bring the technology back to life, or more precisely, can it make the diesel part of the U.S. automotive mainstream again.

It’s certainly getting ready to try. The maker’s Chevrolet division is giving media and buyers alike a look at the new Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel – the 2.0 TD for short – at this month’s Chicago Auto Show. It’s the first time the maker has produced a diesel-powered passenger car for the U.S. market since 1986.

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Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in the wake of the twin Mideast oil shocks, diesels were all the rage, but as fuel prices leveled off, the technology often derided as “oil burners” began to lose momentum. It didn’t help that a version GM used in its Oldsmobile line was prone to catastrophic failure.


GM Confirms Chevrolet Cruze Diesel for 2013; Could Get 51 MPG

Will other makers follow with diesels of their own?

by on Jul.22, 2011

Chevy will add a diesel to the Cruze line-up for 2013.

General Motors has formally confirmed it will add a high-mileage diesel to its Chevrolet Cruze line starting with the 2013 model-year.

The long-rumored diesel is likely to be an adaptation of the 2.0-liter VCDi direct-injection “oil-burner” already offered in Europe on their version of the Chevy compact.  Insiders report that the diesel could deliver as much as 51 miles per gallon – significantly more than the current Cruze Eco and in line with the Toyota Prius Hybrid.

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For its part, GM won’t do more than confirm plans to add the diesel, but that is a distinct reversal of the company’s long-standing opposition to the technology.  Former GM car czar Bob Lutz, in particular, had argued that the cost of meeting U.S. emissions standards was too high.


Chevrolet looks at optional 50 mpg diesel Cruze.

GM Could be First Domestic Maker to Offer “oil burner” in Compact Passenger Car.

by on Jul.12, 2011

Is a 50 mpg Chevy Cruze diesel in the works?

General Motors appears to be reversing its long-standing resistance to the use of diesel power for its passenger car line-up – and may soon introduce an “oil burner” into its Chevrolet Cruze line-up, which would give the compact model hybrid-level fuel efficiency that could approach 50 mpg.

Like many manufacturers, GM has been wary of diesels despite their chart-topping mileage.  The key issue has been the cost of meeting ever-toughening emissions standards.  But the industry giant has also been concerned whether U.S. motorists would be turned off by diesel’s other disadvantages.

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The change in mindset might reflect the continuing growth in demand for diesel-powered offerings now provided by most of the German makers, some Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz models seeing diesel options climbing to nearly a third of their powertrain mix.

While several GM officials declined to comment on the record, they privately confirmed that the high-mileage technology is starting to win converts among senior management, especially with the Obama Administration pushing for fuel economy standards to jump from 37.5 mpg in 2016 to as much as 56.2 mpg in 2025.