Chevrolet Planning Competitor for Honda City?

As per the latest rumours and reports, GM is looking to build on the existing line up of cars in the Chevrolet portfolio and will release a minimum of five models by 2017. In addition to this, it is also being rumoured that Chevrolet would introduce a global C-segment sedan that would make its place below the Chevrolet Cruze.

It is also being rumoured that the Indian version of this model would have a turbo petrol unit or even may have a diesel option. GM India has already made it clear that all the future models of the manufacturer would be manufactured at the Talegaon, Maharashtra plant of the company.

As per reports, the model has already been undergoing testing and may be globally unveiled by the end of 2016.

Since India is one of the largest volume markets in this segment, GM is quite likely to launch it with much fanfare here and if launched it would be above the sub four-meter Chevrolet Beat sedan that is likely to go on sale in 2017.

GM has already had an unsuccessful attempt at the C-segment in India. They had released the Optra SRV premium hatchback as well as the Optra sedan in the past and both did miserably in the markets and were axed soon after the initial blitz. However, the brand is likely to learn from these mistakes and it will be interesting to see how this car shapes up for the global market.

 

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review

We recently informed that GM India launched the updated Chevrolet Cruze priced between Rs 14.37 lakh and 16.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Offering the perfect blend of power, refinement and efficiency, the updated Chevrolet Cruze further strengthen its position in the marketplace with improved fuel economy for the six-speed automatic transmission variant.

Improved Fuel Economy along with Power and Refinement

The updated 2014 Chevrolet Cruze comes with both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission mated to the turbocharged 2.0-litre VCDi engine. The Chevrolet Cruze delivers 166 PS of undulated power on tap with 380 Nm of torque making the driving experience simply exhilarating.

The all-new Gen2, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission sets a new benchmark in the segment with improved fuel economy of 14.81 kmpl as per ARAI. The manual variants return a fuel efficiency of 17.3 kmpl.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review

Seamless gear changes mean superior acceleration off the block and instant torque delivery for effortless overtaking. The Electronic Automatic Transmission Control System offers a clutch-to-clutch shift operation for precision gear shifting. A widespread gear ratio ensures quicker getaways and the sixth gear ensures increased fuel economy at cruising speeds.

A gas-charged McPherson strut type front suspension, U-shaped rear suspension with torsion beams and gas-charged shock absorber ensure a smooth and comfortable ride. A hydraulic power rack-and-pinion power steering is tuned for more responsiveness with quick-reacting ratio. A four-wheel disc brake set-up provides excellent stopping and stable braking capability.

Refreshed Stylish Exteriors:

The updated 2014 Chevrolet Cruze comes with turn indicators on outside rear view mirrors as standard. The Cruze embodies a new dual-port front grille with gold bowtie, newly designed front and rear bumpers, new dual bezel design headlamps, new alloy wheels and new fog lamps with chrome surround across all trim levels. The new Cruze with its refreshed styling chisels a lasting impression with its bold dynamism of form, aggressive stance, muscular shoulders and taut styling crease lines.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review 2014

The jewel-effect headlamps add striking character to the sporty front end. Muscular sides with chrome door handles, chrome applique on the trunk lid and mesmerizing twin-port jewel effect tail lights highlight the design enchantment.

Comfortable and Entertaining Interiors:

The new Chevrolet Cruze comes with thoughtfully researched comfort features like a six-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dead pedal, premium speakers, power-operated windows with the express-up & down feature on the driver’s window, Bluetooth music streaming and pinch guard protection for improved customer delight.

The ice-blue ambient lighting enhances this, as do the classy, elegant and comfortable jet black leather interiors. An advanced integrated centre stack with graphic infotainment display, radio and HVAC controls add to the premium feel of the car. A thicker, ergonomic rim design helps maneuver with more ease with the three-spoke steering wheel.

Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review Interiors

A sleek, no-wire experience for the car audio enthusiast is standard. Push button start, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming inside rear view mirror make the Chevrolet Cruze a dream to drive. Steering wheel-mounted cruise control automatically controls the speed for a pleasurable highway drive.

The three-gauge instrument cluster has sophisticated ice-blue dash illumination and a centre-positioned information display provides every little detail required.

Safe, Sturdy and Mighty:

Equipped with dual front airbags and two side airbags, the new Cruze enhances safety in case of a high-impact collision. The strong and rigid “safety cage” has reinforced pillars with tubular bars, which provide optimum protection to passengers. The front and rear crumple zone maximizes safety by absorbing the impact energy in a collision.

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic sensors provides excellent braking efficiency and shorter stopping distances, which ensures better steering control, especially on slippery surfaces. Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) automatically controls the central locking system, anti-theft alarm and ignition.

2014 Newly Updated Chevrolet Cruze Review

The pedestrian protection design of the hood and related hinge structures reduce the chance of pedestrian injury. With a child seat provision specifically designed in the rear seating area, the new Cruze offers protection for children at all times. They can be secured in any of the three rear seats.

Yet Another Updated Chevrolet Cruze Launched in India

Chevrolet Cruze was upgraded last year with a mild facelift, now silently once again the Chevrolet has launched the Cruze with more minor changes, which is inclusive of a whole long list of features, as well as a front and side airbags (on LTZ trim).

However, the major change remains with the integrated turn indicators on ORVMs which earlier the Cruze was missing as per ongoing trend of industry. And now the engine is also tuned to deliver the maximum fuel-efficiency, which they said, the automatic trim of the model plate claims 16.8 km/l, only a hike of of 0.5 km/l, as per ARAI. The manual transmission remains unchanged with the (ARAI) claimed fuel efficiency of 17.3 kmpl.

Overall, the Chevrolet Cruze remains exactly the same with the power from a 2.0-litre VCDi engine of 166 PS. The bowtie logoed sedan owners are given options of automatic and manual transmission to choose from, which the former option is available only on the top-end trim (LTZ).

Chevrolet Cruze Launched in India

Prices of new 2013 Chevrolet Cruze in INR (Ex-Showroom New Delhi)

    • Chevrolet Cruze LT (MT) – 13,75,580/-
    • Chevrolet Cruze LTZ (MT) – 15,25,573/-
    • Chevrolet Cruze LTZ (AT) – 16,15,933/-

Maruti Swift is Most Loved Hatchback in India: Study

Customer satisfaction with new-vehicle design and performance in India increases for a sixth consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2013 India Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study released today.

Now in its 15th year, the study examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations during the first two to six months of ownership. The study measures satisfaction across 10 performance categories: vehicle exterior; vehicle interior; storage and space; audio/ entertainment/ navigation; seats; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); driving dynamics; engine/ transmission; visibility and driving safety; and fuel economy. Overall APEAL performance is reported as an index score based on a 1,000-point scale, with a higher score indicating higher satisfaction.

The overall APEAL score averages 845 in 2013, which is a nine-point increase from 2012. The industry improves across all 10 categories, with the largest improvement posted in the audio/ entertainment/ navigation category, due to a higher percentage of vehicles being delivered with factory- or dealer-installed features such as USB connectivity for iPod/MP3 players, hands-free communication and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

2013 Maruti Swift
“Increasingly, vehicle owners want to improve the value of the time spent in their cars, and audio/ entertainment/ navigation features help them stay connected and entertained,” said Mohit Arora, executive director at J.D. Power Asia Pacific, Singapore. “Increased choice of branded accessories at a range of prices has also increasingly induced new-vehicle buyers to install such fitments at the time of delivery.”

During the past five years, the impact of vehicle exterior on overall satisfaction has increased, particularly in the midsize segment. Additionally, 13 percent of owners indicate that good vehicle styling was the main reason they selected the vehicle that they purchased in 2013, up from 8 percent in 2012.

The quality of vehicles has improved consistently during the past three years, and sensitivity towards vehicle breakdown has increased in India Although the proportion of customers experiencing a breakdown in their vehicle has remained at 4 percent since 2011, the gap in APEAL scores between customers who experience a breakdown and those who do not has increased to 44 points in 2013 from 23 points in 2011.

Among highly satisfied customers (overall satisfaction of 902 points or higher), 87 percent say they “definitely would” recommend their vehicle model to a friend or relative.

“The high recommendation rate among highly satisfied customers further emphasizes the importance of catering to customer needs and requirements,” said Arora. “While on one hand automakers are adding more features to their models, they also need to understand the customer value propositions for these features.”

Maruti Suzuki models rank highest in each of the compact segments: Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (entry compact); Maruti Suzuki Estilo (compact); Maruti Suzuki Ritz (upper compact); and Maruti Suzuki Swift (premium compact).

Toyota models rank highest in the utility vehicle segments: Innova in the MUV/ MPV segment for a seventh consecutive year and Fortuner ranks highest in the SUV segment.

The Honda Amaze ranks highest in the entry midsize segment. The Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento rank highest (in a tie) in the midsize segment. The Chevrolet Cruze ranks highest in the premium midsize segment. The 2013 India APEAL Study is based on responses from 9,069 owners who purchased a new vehicle between November 2012 and July 2013. The study was fielded between May and September 2013 in 25 cities across India.

2016 Next-generation Chevrolet Cruze spied testing

Had the Chevrolet Cruze in our market for quite long, it is now the duty of carmaker to bestow us with its new face which seems getting delayed a bit. But no to disappointment, next-generation 2016 Cruze is spotted doing test rounds in Italy. Due to the heavy dose of camouflage, it deprived us from getting even a minute sneak peek.

Hence, as it seems the testing going there, the production/revelation of it may commence/surface soon.

However, there are no official words about it from the carmaker, but we had learnt that American carmaker is busy ramping up the production process for American fraternity where the car was launched very recently. It is for sure new-one is there in the pipeline, which may happen to take cues from the Chevrolet Tru 140S concept of 2012 Detroit Motor Show.

Right now there aren’t any of the clear-cut sources which would tell us how the new-generaiton Chevrolet Cruze would look like, but the engine specifications may remain same with that of the most probably ongoing diesel jag. While the addition of 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol could make possible the more of green compositions by low CO2 emission.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Reuters had recently claimed some technical confusion in the backend of Chevrolet delaying the 2016 Cruze, but we seem the Detroit based carmaker wants to squeeze more out of this model plate when being selling it presently in quite good numbers, despite being launched quite long back.

Hyundai Elantra and its key rivals

Hyundai’s new Elantra is an extremely good looker, feature rich, stylish both in and out, and is available in both petrol and diesel versions. With this good looking machine, Hyundai has once again made an attempt to dominate the segment. But, even the new Elantra can not dominate the segment that easily. It will have to face tough competition from a number of rivals in the segment. It is pitted directly against the likes of the Renault Fluence, Toyota Corolla Altis, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta and the Skoda Laura. Let’s have a glance at the features of the Hyundai’s new Elantra and its key rivals.

Hyundai’s new Elantra:

The new Elantra is available in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol version of the Elantra features all-new 1.8 litre engine that delivers a maximum power and torque of 149.5PS at 6500rpm and 177.5Nm at 4700rpm respectively. It has a maximum speed of more than 200 kmph. In terms of fuel efficiency, it gives 10.2km per liter in town and 17.8 km per litre on the highway. The petrol version of the car comes equipped with a 1.6 litre CRDi engine that is also found in the Verna. It produces maximum power and torque of 128PS at 4000rpm and 260Nm at up to 2750rpm. It has a top speed of 189 kmpl. The Elantra is a spacious car. The front has a maximum head room of 960mm. In the rear the maximum and minimum knee room is 890mm and 650mm respectively. The suspension and chassis come with all the conventional bits that can be expected from a contemporary car in the segment.

Hyundai's new Elantra

Renault Fluence:

Renault’s Fluence is one of many rivals that are challenging the new Elantra. The Renault Fluence is also an extremely beautiful car. The blend of new features with French flair has added to the charisma of the car, which can be proved by mentioning the fact that this car is finding steady buyers in the market. Like the Hyundai Elantra, the Renault Fluence has been designed as an all-rounder. Drive dynamics can be described as very easy going, while preference has been found impressive. The Fluence has been priced slightly below the Elantra, but when we make a comparison between the lists of the two cars’ features and comforts, the Elantra offers much more.

Renault Fluence

Toyota Corolla Altis:

The Toyota Corolla Altis is also tough challenger to the Elantra. It features Toyota renowned build quality, promises great drive comfort along with spacious interiors. Available in both petrol and diesel variants, the Corolla Altis is an extraordinary value-for-money proposition. The Corolla Altis has been priced nearly one lakh rupees below the entry-level price of Elantra. But, the Corolla Altis does lose out to the Elantra. The Corolla Atlis’ bland, rounded appearance is no match to the fluidic design philosophy of the Elantra.

Toyota Corolla Altis

Chevrolet Cruze:

The Chevrolet Cruze is obviously the no-nonsense car amongst in the segment. It has received an upgrade in the form of a spanking new engine. The new 1998cc engine produces an astonishing power of 166PS at 3,800rpm and a strong torque of 380Nm at 2,000rpm, which make the vehicle a rather powerful option against the diesel version of the Elantra’s power and torque of 128PS at 4000rpm and 265Nm at up to 2,750rpm respectively. The Cruze also features a rather fresh design and offers a rather respectable level of drive comforts. But, the Cruze too lose out to the Elantra in terms of overall comforts because its rear is somewhat tight, whereas the Elantra’s rear offers maximum and minimum knee room is 890mm and 650mm respectively.

Chevrolet Cruze

Volkswagen Jetta:

The Volkswagen Jetta challenges the higher end of the Elantra. It has already made a strong impression in the segment. It comes packed with pretty much everything that can be expected from a contemporary sedan. The extremely good looking Jetta offers a blend of German engineering, build quality, a lot comforts, powerful & agile engine options, and a great fit and finish. The Jetta can easily outshine the Elantra in terms of features and comforts, but as the Elantra is rather aggressively priced, many potential Jetta buyers could shift their choice to the Elantra.

Volkswagen Jetta

Skoda Laura:

Like Volkswagen Jetta, the Skoda Laura also challenges the higher end of the Elantra. It is a terrible contender to the Elantra in terms of pricing. However in terms of looks, the Skoda Laura has started showing its age. On the other hand, the Elantra boasts of its impressive shape. But, the Laura scores more than the Elantra in terms of performance. When it comes to interior space, the Elantra once again wins. Overall, the Elantra’s list of creature comforts is much longer than that of the Skoda Laura.

Skoda Laura

Car buyers guide in the Rs 10-20 lakhs bracket

It’s been some time since we have done any inroads into the Car Buyers Guide. With too many entries crowding the Rs 10-20 lakhs segment its but natural that all the action would pertain to this segment. Within the last 6 months, approximately 4 cars have been launched in this segment and this is discounting the SUVs. What we have done today is just list out the pros and cons of the available models in this segment and list out the prices of the same as well. The prices mentioned are ex-show room, Mumbai.

Skoda Laura TDI :

The second generation Laura has been around in India since two years and is doing extremely well. Infact, it is the so called bread winner for the Skoda family here, outselling even its smaller brethren, the Octavia and also the Fabia. Price range for this one starts from Rs 13.43 lakhs and goes upto Rs 17.57 lakhs for the top end model.

Skoda Laura TDI

Positives:

  1. European looks which have stood the test of time
  2. Great interiors and features
  3. Perfect engine and gearbox combination
  4. Solid build quality plus snob value
  5. Good handling and ride quality
  6. Choice of 3 engine options and two gearbox options as well with dual clutch transmission thrown in.

Negatives:

  1. The price tag may put off some
  2. Skoda dealerships and their service centers
  3. Expensive cost of spares

Renault Fluence :

The Fluence is Renault’s hopes of making it big in the Indian market. The Fluence has got a no-nonsense looks part to it plus the solid hue that the buyers in this segment look out for. The price range is between Rs 12.33 lakhs to Rs 15.44 lakhs.

Renault Fluence

Positives:

  1. European looks which are quite grown-up
  2. Availability of petrol and diesel engines with auto and manual boxes respectively
  3. Features list in the petrol variant
  4. Ride quality is good plus a neutral handling in both the petrol and diesel variants.
  5. Enough of space inside the cabin to give rivals some heartburn.

Negatives:

  1. Renault’s image in India
  2. Renault service centers
  3. Relative cost of spares still unknown
  4. Omission of features in the diesel variant
  5. Both auto and manual should be offered for both the engine options

Hyundai Sonata Transform:

This car has been relatively forgotten, especially with the launch of more modern looking rivals. Recent cars from the Hyundai stable themselves look far better than the Sonata Transform. The price range is between Rs 15.33 lakhs to Rs 17.80 lakhs.

Positives:

  1. A very comfortable car with lots of space
  2. Hyundai’s wide dealer network
  3. Availability of both petrol and diesel engines with manual and auto transmission
  4. Ride quality is good

Negatives:

  1. Lack of features
  2. Engine and transmission combo is not that exceptional
  3. Handling is soggy
  4. Is lost out in the crowd with Europeans dominating the board now.

Skoda Laura vRS:

The image that the vRS badge brings along with it is reason enough for many to throng the Skoda show rooms. There was disappointment when many came to know that there is not much of difference between the regular Laura TSI and the vRS. The price is Rs 15.20 lakhs.

Skoda Laura vRS

Positives:

  1. European looks which have stood the test of time
  2. Great interiors and features, especially with the dark vRS badging on the steering wheel
  3. Perfect engine and gearbox combination
  4. Good handling and ride quality

Negatives:

  1. Everyone was expecting a power increment
  2. A diesel vRS would have been very good for the fuel conscious
  3. Cannot be called as a true vRS
  4. No availability of 17 inch wheels
  5. Skoda service centers and their horror stories
  6. Price tag- at this price point, an increment in power is definitely expected

Volkswagen Jetta:

The 2011 Jetta was launched just a month back and it competes with its sister, the Laura in this segment. The talks about the US version of the Jetta being down on quality of the materials used and other stuff has definitely cut a wrong image of this car here in India. Price range is between Rs 14.12 lakhs to Rs 18.3 lakhs.

Volkswagen Jetta

Positives:

  1. Solid build quality
  2. Decent ride quality as also handling
  3. Comfortable car to be in
  4. Choice of DSG gearbox and a 140 Bhp diesel engine

Negatives:

  1. Lacks in features compared to its rivals. Things like climate control shouldn’t have been omitted on such an expensive car when even the Maruti Swift offers it.
  2. Looks same as the Vento.
  3. Dual Clutch offered only on top end model.
  4. No TSI motor as of now.
  5. VW’s service stories are the same as Skoda plus the arrogance and apathy of their dealers.

Chevrolet Cruze:

The Chevrolet Cruze is one car which turned around GM’s fortunes for the good. It has got the killer looks and other things which make it a darling in this segment. The price range is between Rs 12.51 lakhs to Rs 15.03 lakhs.

Chevrolet Cruze

Positives:

  1. Killer looks with scope for modifications.
  2. Choice of both manual and auto transmission.
  3. Powerful diesel engine which is now more fun to drive.
  4. Features being offered at this price point.
  5. Decent ride and handling.
  6. Chevy service centers and their warranty package.

Negatives:

  1. Lack of space for taller passengers in the rear.
  2. No petrol engine.
  3. Some of the plastics feel sub par at this price point.
  4. Auto transmission doesn’t like to be rushed.

Honda Civic:

The Civic has been a runaway success from the time it was launched. Moreover, being a Honda means bullet proof reliability for this car. The price range is between Rs 12.83 lakhs to Rs 15.8 lakhs.

Honda Civic

Positives:

  1. The looks of this car still turn heads around.
  2. The interiors are something which none of its competitors still have to match.
  3. Nice engine and transmission combo which would bring a smile to the face of the driver.
  4. Automatic transmission also offered.
  5. Comfortable seating for 5 passengers.
  6. Good handling.
  7. Honda badge and aftersales service.

Negatives:

  1. The ride quality is not upto the mark.
  2. Low ground clearance is an issue on Indian roads.
  3. No diesel engine on offer.
  4. Doesn’t feel as solidly put as its German rivals.
  5. Pricey for what it offers.

Maruti Kizashi:

Many would still want to have a double check on the name and others would still be wary as to why this car made this list. Plus there are very few cars on the road as of now. The price range is between Rs 17.12 lakhs to Rs 18.15 lakhs.

Maruti Kizashi

Positives:

  1. The Kizashi has good looks plus a futuristic design on its side.
  2. The engine is one of the most powerful in this class.
  3. Option of both auto and manual transmission.
  4. Features list is also good.
  5. Good seats with capacity for only 4.
  6. Maruti service centers are dime a dozen in India.
  7. Maintenance would relatively be on the lower side of things.

Negatives:

  1. Doesn’t really compete with any of the segments.
  2. Availability of the car.
  3. A tad over-priced for a Maruti.
  4. Available only with a petrol heart.
  5. In the interiors, there are some parts sharing with its less premium cousins.

Toyota Corolla Altis:

The T badge is very much revered across the world and in India its no different. A few months back, Toyota launched a refreshed 2011 model and not to mention, its one of the top sellers in its segment. The price range is between Rs 10.32 lakhs to Rs 14.33 lakhs.

Toyota Corolla Altis

Positives:

  1. The T badge.
  2. Plethora of features.
  3. Good all around space inside the cabin.
  4. Choice of both petrol and diesel engines along with manual and auto transmission.
  5. Toyota dealers and service centers.

Negatives:

  1. Not a driver’s car and also ride quality is a bit fidgety.
  2. The interior theme is shared with some other Toyotas.

Readers, please free to add your comments or additions to this list in the comments section below.

Chevrolet Cruze to Get New Engine Upgrade

The Chevrolet Cruze will be upgraded with the addition of a new engine. This engine will be from the manufacturer’s Z Series engines.

The car will get a new DOHC 2.0l common-rail diesel motor that is capable of delivering 163bhp of max power, an increase over its earlier 150bhp max power. It will also be able to generate more torque than before. With the addition of this new engine, the car maker is trying to ensure that the Cruze stays put on its top diesel performance pedestal.

Apart from the addition of a new engine, the car is also likely to get a few small cosmetic changes. Based upon customer feedback, GM India is also going to redesign the rear seats for providing more head room. The new upgraded Chevrolet Cruze will hit showrooms sometime this year.

Chevrolet Cruze Safety features

Not many people know that Chevrolet or indeed General Motors was the first to introduce the air bag concept in a car way back in 1930. General Motors has infact been air bags as standard equipment in all their cars even in India and this lead us to write this article about one of the safest cars in the General Motors arsenal now. And no, General Motors hasn’t paid us to write this article.

The Chevrolet Cruze is one of the cars from General Motors’s global platform and has been first unveiled in India of all the places. This car immediately became the best seller in its segment for its killer looks, good engine and excellent ride and handling package. That is one of the safest cars in its class is often overlooked. It is an excellent demonstration of the many active and passive safety features that the car possess.

To start with, one would look at the stopping power of a car this powerful. The Chevrolet Cruze has powerful disc brakes on all the four wheels. These brakes are also assisted by anti-lock brakes or ABS. ABS ensures that the wheels of the car don’t lock up inspite of heavy braking and hence one can maintain control of the steering even in emergency or slippery surfaces. Complementing the ABS is Electronic Stability Program {ESP} and traction control. These are managed by General Motors’s GMLAN. This system communicates between the different systems in a car in an urgent manner, 500 times a second to be precise.

Even if you couldn’t avoid that inadvertent crash, the Chevrolet Cruze has a strong and rigid safety cage which has reinforced pillars with tubular bars. The front and rear ends feature crumple zones which absorb the energy from an impact and don’t transmit it to the passenger bay. In the event of a crash, there is a possibility that the electronic power windows or the doors may get locked up. The Chevrolet Cruze has an emergency exit system to counter this. This emergency exit is through the boot of the car, it opens through a lever which can be accessed by the rear seat passengers using the 60:40 split seat arrangement.

The Chevrolet Cruze also cares about one’s young ones and has provision for putting up a child seat on all the three rear seats. Child safety locks are also present in the cabin. To protect the front occupants, there are two supplementary restraint system {SRS} air bags which inflate in the even of a crash. 3 point Seat belts are given for all the 5 occupants in the Chevrolet Cruze and this have anti whiplash properties as well. It also features a collapsible steering wheel which prevents damage to the driver’s chest in the event of a crash.

Not only does the Chevrolet Cruze protect the occupants of the car, it also looks out for pedestrian safety as well. Its low set bumpers and body design cause minimum damage to pedestrians in case of an impact. The Chevrolet Cruze also keeps itself safe with the simple fact that it has an engine immobilizer as well as anti-theft mechanism. If some one tries to break into your Chevrolet Cruze, then the car wouldn’t start unless the correct key combination is entered. The car, if it detects an intrusion, starts all four blinkers as well as the horn is enabled to attract attention from the owner.

It can be safely said that the Chevrolet Cruze from General Motors is one of the safest vehicles in its class and off course this side of the might Mercedes or safety god for automobiles, Volvo Motors.

In a brief, the safety features in the Chevrolet Cruze are the safety cage, pedestrian protection, emergency exit system, front and rear crumple zones, all wheel disc brakes, child safety locks and provision for child seats, collapsible steering wheel, dual air bags, ABS, ESP and traction control.