Car buyers may soon be able to get hybrid-level gas mileage in a vehicle that’s not a hybrid. And we’re not looking too far into the future. The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco should be on sale later this year.
The compact Cruze Eco will be one of many cars on display at the New York International Auto Show later this week, but it’s expected to garner significant attention from potential car buyers who want to experience the purr and hum of a gas-powered vehicle while still getting mileage comparable to a hybrid.
That’s about 50% more than what you might get in a 2010 Chevy Impala, and just eight miles per gallon less than what you’d get in a Toyota (Stock Quote: TM) Prius on the highway, according to Fueleconomy.gov.
Amid a recession and following record high gas prices, consumers have turned to hybrid and other more fuel-efficient vehicles, not just because they’re green, but simply to save gas money.And according to the New York International Auto Show exit survey last year, about 75% of show attendees say they’re more likely to purchase or lease a car from companies they’ve been considering as a result of attending the auto show.
Additionally at the auto show, GM’s celebrated hybrid Volt, due out in test markets later this year, will have a presence, and among other hybrids, Honda (Stock Quote: HMC) will also be showing off its new hybrid coupe, the CR-Z, and its zero-emissions vehicle, the FCX Clarity.