Production Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback To Debut In Geneva

General Motors will show off the production version of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

General Motors has just announced that the production version of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month to a crowd of people that, most likely, already saw the vehicle in Paris.

The production version of the Cruze hatchback will be identical to the one shown at the Paris Motor Show in September. This time, however, all the buttons should work. The Cruze hatch will come with several new engines, but for the time being GM is only naming one. That lucky engine is the 2.0-liter diesel with 163 horsepower that is found in the Orlando. That motor will be connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

"The Cruze Hatchback will give us a huge opportunity in the UK," said Chevrolet Managing Director, Mark Terry. "This year alone, we've got four major new model launches that will have a significant positive impact on our product line-up in the UK, as well as the Camaro to cast a halo over the rest of our range.

The Chevrolet Cruze sedan has been exceeding expectations across the globe and GM has been working double time to keep up with demand. In the United States, the sedan just recently went into production.

Unlike some hatchbacks, or sedans even, this Cruze has some racing to do in the British Touring Car Championship. The automaker managed to take home the drivers and constructor titles with Jason Plato, a presenter from Fifth Gear, at the wheel.

"Motor sport is part of Chevrolet's DNA," added Mr Terry. "What we learn on the track is passed down to our road cars, and this latest incarnation of Cruze proves that."

That might be true, but let’s be honest, the Cruze feels more like a fuel efficient compact than a race car, but to each their own.

The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will go on sale in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2011. Prices and specifications have yet to be announced.

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