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Potholes? No problem for the Cruze.

Last updated 5 years ago

Lets face it, we had a mild winter this year. And even though they're not expecting any torrential snow falls, we are still going to be haunted by the remnants...The Pot Holes. Potholes are caused by the buildup of moisture in the small holes and cracks in the road during the winter months that is accelerated by the freezing and thawing as temperatures fall and rise, causing expansion and contraction of the road surface. 

Lordstown's own Chevrolet Cruze is specifically tested for these conditions. The Cruze which has been tested for conditions ranging from Korea to Kansas, has suspension specifically meant to absorb the brunt of these bumps as well as quieting technology to help you avoid the noises that come with the territory as well. 

Even though the Cruze is built at GM Lordstown, it was tested at GM's Milford Proving Ground. The facility has a wide variety of road surfaces that are meant to simulate real world driving conditions for locations around the globe. 

"For durability we might want roads with potholes or twist events. For noise, it could be chatter bumps on a dirt road or concrete that is getting old and bald. Then there are considerations such as loose gravel for handling, etc" said Frank Barhorst, the supervisor for the Product Usage Measurements and Applications group in Milford. The potholes that you'll here don't look like the ones we will see though. These potholes are specifically designed, fabricated in metal and then plated into the ground with concrete surface around them. There are different pot holes to test different severity of road damage. 

Since late 2009 the Cruze has sold more than 1.13 million units. That means that our Valley produces Chevrolet's best-selling nameplate and is a major contributor to the reason why the brand has sold more passenger cars than any other automaker in the US in 2011 as well as the world's largest automobile manufacturer in the world. 

Come see for yourself why over 1 million people have chosen the Cruze. If you have any questions feel free to email us at or give us a call at 330-SWEENEY. You can also just drop by at 8010 Market Street. 


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