Thu. 4:46pm: Diesel Cruzes rolling off Lordstown lines

LORDSTOWN – New Chevrolet Cruze clean Turbo Diesel cars began rolling off the assembly line this week at the Lordstown General Motors plant, the same week the company announced new estimates put the car’s fuel economy at 46 miles per gallon.

Company officials boasted that means the Cruze diesel will get the best highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid car in America.

The new estimate is a 4 mpg improvement over earlier predictions for the automatic transmission released in March when the 2014 Cruze Turbo Diesel was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

Gary Altman, GMs chief engineer for the car who was in Lordstown today, said the crews “never stopped” working relentlessly to improve the small cars fuel economy.

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