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GM’s New Compact Car Called Cruze

Wed, 07/09/2008 - 6:50am

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- The new compact car to be built at General Motors' Lordstown plant in northeast Ohio is called the Cruze.

The Cruze will be shown for the first time in October at the Paris Auto Show. It's set for production in the summer of 2010.

Jim Graham, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, says workers at the plant are excited. The car will replace the Chevrolet Cobalt.

The vehicle will be about 15 feet long, almost the same as the Cobalt, but GM says the Cruze will make better use of interior space.

The Cruze is GM's response to $4-per-gallon gasoline.

GM Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner has said it could get up to 45 miles per gallon.

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