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Chevrolet announces pricing for the 2011 Cruze in the US

Cruze 1Chevrolet will start rolling out the Cruze sedan to the US market this coming September with sticker prices kicking off at $16,995 including destination for the LS trim. This model will have the 1.8L Ecotec engine that will have an output of 103kW coupled with a six speed manual gearbox. Other features will include 10 safety airbags, ABS, traction control, power windows, and air conditioning among others.

Another variant will be the LT that makes use of a 1.4L turbo Ecotec engine paired with 6-speed automatic transmission. This one is fitted with 16-inch wheels. The LT is priced starting $18,995.

The Cruze Eco will have the 1.4L Ecotec engine coupled with sexi-speed manual gearbox. The fuel efficiency of this variant tops all the models at 40 mpg while on the highway. It comes standard with 17-inch alloy rims and enhanced with an aerodynamic package.

The LTZ starts at $22,695 and makes use of the LT setup but with additional features like leather seats, shift knob, and steering wheel. The driver seat also comes with power features. The LTZ will also have cruise control, USB port provision for the audio interface, Bluetooth, audio controls on the steering wheel, and remote starting of the vehicle. Other standards include rear view mirror with auto dim feature, auto climate control, and rear parking assist technology.

The major options for the Cruze will include Pioneer entertainment system, navigation system, 40GB hard drive, RS styling package, and the ultrasonic parking assist.

GM and Ford Report Biggest Sales Decline

Things are far from getting any better for the major car manufacturers as the auto industry reports its sixth straight month of drop in sales of over 30%.

The figures are tumbling down for the major players in the car industry as the March sales reports come in. The drop in sales were reported by Ford at 42%, GM 44.7%, Chrysler LLC 39.3%, Nissan North America 37.7%, Honda in the US 36.3%, and Toyota USA by as much as 39%.

Experts have predicted a drop in annual sales which will mark a 27-year low. They are foreseeing sales to hit just below the 9 million mark. The uptick in demand may still be seen before the end of 2009.

Economists are seeing some signs of hope as the economic decline may be moderating but still it is a nothing is for sure game. Restructuring of the auto industry will still play a big factor in the next several months.

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