Higher engine efficiency and lower tailpipe emissions are expected to deliver another substantial gain in sales for Chevrolet in the next 12 months.
Already 1,900 units ahead of last year’s total of 13,500 registrations, the brand is on course for still more growth with the arrival of the Cruze Station Wagon.
“Conditions are volatile in the C-segment, so sales predictions are particularly difficult at present.
But the combination of performance, economy and practicality of this new car could well soon make it one of our best-selling models.
As estates capture around 12% of C-segment registrations, this is a good opportunity for growth,” said Chevrolet UK managing director Mark Terry.
Regarded as a lacklustre model when it was launched as a saloon two years ago, the Cruze is now more appealing as a hatchback and more balanced and flowing lines make the SW particularly attractive, so it’s no surprise that the saloon is set to disappear from UK showrooms.
Backed by aggressive pricing, the stylish family and business estate is appealing in 1.7-litre diesel form.
It comes in LS, LT and LTZ Nav trim levels with even the entry version boasting air conditioning, follow-me-home headlights, power door mirrors, remote central locking, an electronic rear door release and roof rails.
Fog lamps, rear parking sensors, cruise control and alloy wheels are included on the LT and the LTZ has satellite navigation, Bluetooth, automatic wipers and lights, a rear view camera and climate control.
Combining powerful and relaxed performance as well as 119g/km tailpipe emissions, the diesel versions are expected to win the lion’s share of sales.