Does the world need more small, diesel cars? The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes.’ While market and media focus might sometimes make it seem as though hybrids or electric cars are the only alternative fuel fish in the sea, in truth diesel has made enormous in-roads outside of North America due to its winning combination of power and efficiency.
Until very recently, if a U.S. resident wanted to pilot a diesel passenger car that didn’t wear a luxury price tag it was necessary to visit a Volkswagen showroom. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze breaks VW’s stranglehold on the compact diesel car segment, and it also banishes the ghosts of GM’s diesel past, a tableau haunted by the soot-spewing, clattering monsters that played a key role in driving American buyers away from this alternative fuel in the first place. Like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel stands tall above diesel’s domestic funeral pyre and points the way towards its potential revival in America.