Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Named 2014 Diesel Car of the Year

By Paul Riegler on 16 April 2014
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DSC_1357The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, according to the readers of The Diesel Driver magazine.  The Cruze is the only diesel-powered sedan offered by a U.S. automaker.

The Cruze Diesel received an impressive 59.3% of 11,030 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver.

The votes came from over 100 countries. Eighty-eight percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 5.8% were from the European continent, and 2% were from Canada.

“The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel not only offers drivers an impressive 46 mpg (5.11 l/100 km), which makes it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid sold in the United States, and extraordinary range, but it does so without sacrificing power and handling or compromising driver and passenger comfort,“ said Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver, in presenting the award to Cristi Landy, Chevrolet’s senior marketing director, at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Landy originally introduced the Cruze Diesel to the world at the Chicago Auto Show.

“We are so honored to see continued recognition for the Cruze Diesel,” said Landy. “To be selected by the readers of The Diesel Driver is a great accomplishment. With this award we can proudly say that drivers who demand quality diesel vehicles believe that the Cruze is leading the pack.”

“We thank our readers for continuing the tradition that Greg Spira, our late co-founder who created the Internet Baseball Awards 20 years ago and later helped institute the Diesel Car of the Year awards, had envisioned: that enthusiasts make the best jurors,” said David M. Goldes, publisher at Accura Media Group, The Diesel Driver’s publisher.

Second place was earned by the Volkswagen Passat TDI, last year’s winner.  The BMW X5 xDrive35, which won in 2012, placed third.

Each year, The Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and bestow recognition on the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S.  For the 2014 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose from among 23 passenger vehicles and SUVs.  Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)