22 Jul '11, 9pm

The 50 MPG Chevy? via @greentechmedia

The 50 MPG Chevy? via @greentechmedia

Diesel. Strangely enough, it means clean. General Motors today formally announced it will come out with a version of the gas-sipping Chevy Cruze with a diesel engine in 2013. Modern diesels can get 20 to 40 percent better gas mileage than their gas counterparts. The current "eco" version of the Cruze gets 28 miles per gallon on the street and 42 mpg on the freeway while the more standard version clocks in at 26/36 mpg. At the high end of things, this would give a diesel Cruze a mileage of 50 to 58 mpg on the highway and 35 mpg in the city. Such a car would best the Toyota Prius (50 mpg) in mileage although not the coming plug-in Prius. But, unlike a hybrid, a diesel car would likely have pretty tremendous acceleration. Diesels can also go 600 miles on a single tank, far farther than plug-in hybrids or electrics. That's a generic shot of the Cruze. Who knows? The Cruze coul...

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