2014 Cruze is named Diesel Car of the Year

Diesel enthusiasts worldwide have determined the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the top diesel car of the year and Chevrolet is the top diesel manufacturer of 2014.

“The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, with a market-leading 46 mpg highway, is clearly setting the pace for diesel-powered cars in the United States,” said Jonathan Spira, editorial director of The Diesel Driver.

The Cruze Diesel is built in Lordstown using an engine made in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

The car finished with 59.3 percent of the 11,030 votes cast, according to information released Wednesday by General Motors.

Other competitors included the Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7; BMW 328, 535 and X5; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Mercedes-Benz E250, GLK250, ML350 and GL350; Porsche Cayenne; and Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle convertible, Golf, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Passat and Touareg.

“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 ballot included Audi, BMW, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen.

Earlier this year the Cruze 2.0L diesel engine was recognized by Wards Auto as one of the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Engines.