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Old 05-05-2010, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up 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.
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Old 05-05-2010, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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grille

It's good news,and this also means it can show up on Vauxall,Opel,Holden,and everything else in the GM stable.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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...gonna have to think about combing the junkyards for "cannibalized" mechanisms for tranplanting into existing GM cars.
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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.
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BMW has been doing this for years. FF to 2:10

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

It is very cool.
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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.
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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.
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The Cruze Eco probably has a lower drag coefficient than the Volt...

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