CLEVELAND — General Motors is leading the way with a new concept that could catch on with many vehicles in the future, and the new concept can be found in a vehicle made right here in Northeast Ohio.
The new twist is a diesel engine in a car called the Turbo Diesel engine. Right now, the Chevy Cruze,built in nearby Lordstown, Ohio, is the only vehicle that has the diesel engine.
“Chevy is trying to come out and be ahead of the curve. You don’t want to be the last one to the party, so to speak,” said Ryan Serpentini, Sales Manager of Serpentini Chevrolet.
The Turbo Diesel Engine is definitely catching everyone’s attention at the Auto Show.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen a diesel in a Chevy, other than a truck,” said Rob Yalancy of Cleveland.
The Chevy Cruze starts at around $25,000, but with the Turbo Diesel Engine, you’ll end up saving in the long run.
“It’s a cleaner burn than the typical gas is, plus, it is more fuel efficient, so it combines with less emissions,” Serpentini said. “More fuel efficiency, you’re going to have more dependability, it’s going to last longer.”
“Pretty innovative, I can say that,” added Yalancy.
Serpentini says there's a reason GM picked the Cruze as the debut car of the Turbo Diesel Engine.
"More people are going to buy this vehicle than the Malibu or Impala's just because of the price point. It's more affordable than those two vehicles and it's a bigger market to grasp for General Motors to do it," he said.
GM brags that the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel gets the best highway fuel economy of any gasoline or diesel car in America at 46 miles-per-gallon.
"Initially, with the way diesel prices are, sure you are going to be paying a little bit more, but if you look at the miles-per-gallon, you're going to be burning less fuel meaning you'll have to fill up less," said Serpentini.
GM currently offers five diesel engines in 13 vehicles in Europe, including the Chevy Malibu. Here in the US, they're looking to improve that.
"What Chevy is doing, is they are trying to capture some of that market and they are trying to take what they have done and build upon it and make it a little bit better even," Serpentini said.
General Motors plans on adding more Turbo Diesel Engines to their vehicles in the near future, so stay tuned.