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mcrews 05-05-2010 06:15 PM

2011 chevy cruze eco has automatic grille block..
 
From AUTOWEEK april 5 2010 page 7.
"CLOSE THE SHUTTERS
the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco debuting at New York auto show gets a 40mpg hwy rating based in part on a GM first: a lower front facia with shutters that automaticly close at 37mph (and reopen at 34mph) to improve hwy-speed aerodynamics and gain 2 mpg. The compact sedan goes into production this summer."

well there you have it......partial block grille worth 2mpg.
dang

aerohead 05-05-2010 07:09 PM

grille
 
It's good news,and this also means it can show up on Vauxall,Opel,Holden,and everything else in the GM stable.
Thanks for sharing!

gone-ot 05-05-2010 09:10 PM

...gonna have to think about combing the junkyards for "cannibalized" mechanisms for tranplanting into existing GM cars.

DonR 05-06-2010 12:55 PM

Hopefully they make one for the VE Commodore so I can put one on the wife's hot rod as a retrofit.

I am suprised that it isn't temperature dependant. But it is GM.

tjts1 05-06-2010 01:20 PM

BMW has been doing this for years. FF to 2:10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8gYxX7XDk4

mcrews 05-06-2010 03:55 PM

tjts,
do you know what car they have that on? or is it just one of those standard (for BMW) items?

It is very cool.

NeilBlanchard 05-06-2010 04:45 PM

It's too bad it closes the lower grill, and not the upper grill, IMO. But nevertheless, it is good to *finally* have something like this from an OEM.

tjts1 05-06-2010 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcrews (Post 173459)
tjts,
do you know what car they have that on? or is it just one of those standard (for BMW) items?

It is very cool.

Pretty much every model with a diesel engine sold in europe or marketed as an 'efficient' variant. They're just now starting put this stuff into cars sold in the US.

The Toecutter 05-06-2010 09:52 PM

The Cruze Eco probably has a lower drag coefficient than the Volt...


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