One of the General Motors splash test engineers, Schoener, works on a team that has developed an innovative splash shield for the Cruze. This shield protects the engine compartment from water and any other possible harmful pollutants that have the ability of splashing into the engine and other parts. But this is not the only purpose of the splash shield, which is exclusive to the Cruze. The shield also protects from underbody corrosion by blocking water, dirt and mud.
Michigan Chevrolet dealers may have seen other shields such as the one developed by General Motors, but they are usually only placed on high-end vehicles. General Motors feels that all drivers should be able to enjoy this type of durability.
“With the Cruze, you have a very comprehensive splash protector on an entry sedan that you typically wouldn’t see except in high-end luxury vehicles,” said Schoener in a GM press release.
The reason for the added shield was an observation made by Schoener at GM’s new Flooded Road Lab in Milford, Mich. Proving Ground. As vehicles were being tested, Schoener recommended a shield for added protection. The different tests included driving the Cruze through a submerged roadway that had already been filled with water anywhere from two to 12 inches of water at speeds between five to 35 mph. The main goal: keep all contaminants away from the engine and transmission.
“… achieving long-term vehicle durability comes from putting the Cruze through its paces here at the Proving Ground,” he said. “We do intense durability testing to ensure our customers get top-quality vehicles they will enjoy for many years.”
The Cruze already offers high EPA estimates especially with the Cruze ECO sitting at 42 mpg highway. With the splash shield, Michigan Chevrolet dealers have one more benefit to add to the already long list for the Chevrolet Cruze.
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