Chevrolet Cruze is hugely appreciated by the automobile enthusiasts all over the world. Relatively cheap and reliable, it offers satisfying comfort and high safety. Cruze saloon was launched in the spring of 2009 and it was elected the AUTOBEST car of 2010 by a jury of leading auto writers in Central and Eastern Europe.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe commented: "Cruze is turning out to be a real success story. We are selling it in 70 countries around the world and it has recently surpassed the Aveo as our top selling passenger car nameplate globally."

Because of the huge hatchback market in Europe, it is now turn to Cruze Hatch to hit the market.

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"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets. The total compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious mainstream player in Europe.", Mr. Brannon added.

So far in 2010, Cruze tops the compact saloon sales charts in many of the larger European markets including Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the U.K., where it is exceeding forecasted sales.

Outside of Europe, Cruze's sales momentum is equally evident. In China alone, Chevrolet has sold nearly 90 000 Cruze since the start of the year, while the saloon is also selling well in Russia, parts of South America, and in India and other emerging markets.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback has attractive sweeping coupe roofline and short overhangs at both the front and rear. The car has the same dynamic stance as the saloon, so it can't be mistaken.

Cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close to 400 litres and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.

Chevrolet Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011. The price list will be available in the beginning of the next year.