Chevrolet Cruze tyres

The modern car industry is a cosmopolitan business. For many years, the Suzuki Ignis was sold under the name Chevrolet Cruze in various countries. The name Cruze was then shelved, but only temporarily. General Motors rebadged the Daewoo Lacetti as the Chevrolet Lacetti for a couple of years before deciding to rename that car, without a product relaunch, as the Cruze in 2011. More recently GM has made the decision to cease operations in the UK market and to focus its attention overseas, so the name will disappear again.

The Chevrolet Cruze was therefore available in the UK from 2011 to 2015. It was a compact family car, sold in both hatchback and saloon styles. First and foremost it was a car which was cheap to buy. Indeed it is no surprise that it is one of the best-selling cars in the buoyant Chinese market. However, ultimately there was – and is – a fundamental difference between the Chinese and British marketplaces. For British tastes, the car was a little too bargain basement and unsophisticated, with a firm ride, a noisy engine and a lacklustre level of performance. It also found itself squeezed between established premium rivals and an onslaught of Korean imports in a ferociously competitive market sector. The Cruze also lacked the looks to make it stand out, meaning that few will notice its retreat from the British marketplace.

That is not to say that the Cruze is in any way lacking. Rather, though, it just blended into the background in both the public’s perception and the industry’s sales reports. There wasn’t any great reason for buying one except for it being cheap to buy and run.

etyres supplies and fits a huge range of budget and economy tyres. It’s no surprise that these tend to be the most popular replacement options for the Cruze. The car has a thrifty engine and was never really aimed at – or bought by – drivers who cover a large annual mileage. As such, each tyre’s fuel economy rating will not be a major concern to Cruze drivers when buying new tyres. Wet grip ratings will be a more important factor in choosing between different replacement tyre options. A tyre with a good wet grip rating will offer increased roadholding and control in dry conditions as well as on wet roads. Additionally, better grip means shorter stopping distances in all driving environments. Cruze drivers are a value-orientated bunch as a whole and thus a tyre with high wet grip ratings will prove the best investment for them.

Of the more middle-of-the-road tyre options, Nexen’s NBlue tyres have proved a popular choice for fitting to the Cruze, while Dunlop’s Sport BluResponse range is another option to consider.