LORDSTOWN, OH -- Chevy dealers from across Ohio met at the Lordstown GM plant Thursday to get behind the wheel of their new Cruze.
The sound of the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel starting up is quite unique.
"It's a really nice driving vehicle, really excited about this new product," said Elizabeth Haynes of Cleveland. "Introducing the Clean Diesel has been something that's been a long time coming. It's very popular in Europe and now making an appearance here."
Sixty-one of the new clean diesels made their debut appearance at the Lordstown assembly plant Thursday. The cars were picked up by car dealers and driven back to their new lots across northeast Ohio to be sold to customers.
The Clean Diesel Cruzes are no gas guzzlers; they get 27 miles per gallon in the city and 47 on the highway.
Dealers say the Cruze is not only great on gas, but good for the environment too.
"From the days gone by, the exhaust fumes were suffocating. Nowadays, they are so clean, they run as clean as any diesel that's being produced today," said Dave Bruckman of Classic Chevrolet.
The Cruze Diesel model is a high-end version of the popular five-passenger car that began production at the Lordstown assembly plant back in 2010.
"Test drives are going to be very important because the car is something that you have to experience. The torque, the quietness inside, the lack of any problems whatsoever. It's a high quality vehicle," said Tom Brittain, President of the Chevy All-Stars.
If you are interested in the Clean Diesel Cruze, you have to act quickly. Only about 1,000 have been made so far.
The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesels are available at your local Chevy dealer with a sticker price starting around $25,000.