Waste no more

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AThe im­ported model will be the third Cruze vari­ant and prom­ises to com­bine the prac­ti­cal­ity of a wagon with the hitech fea­tures and sporty style that has made Cruze sedan and hatch pop­u­lar. The Chevro­let ver­sion made its global pre­miere at the Geneva Mo­tor Show last week.

The lat­est Cruze body style com­ple­ments the sedan and hatch which have sold in ex­cess of one mil­lion ve­hi­cles glob­ally since the range was launched in 2009. The wagon will fea­ture gen­er­ous-size stor­age space and a high level of stan­dard fea­tures and safety.

Cruze wagon, at 4675mm, is slightly longer than the hatch (4510mm) and sedan (4597mm) mod­els. Load space ranges from 500 litres up to the win­dow line in the rear to nearly 1500 litres up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down.

The ex­te­rior de­sign fea­tures a ta­per­ing sin­gle-arch roofline and comes with roof racks as stan­dard, pro­vid­ing con­ve­nience while main­tain­ing a poised and sporty look.

FORD Europe has com­mit­ted to mak­ing mas­sive cuts in the waste it sends to land­fill, as well as the water it uses, across its Euro­pean pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

The com­pany said it will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the pro­por­tion of waste re­cy­cled and reused while cut­ting land­fill waste by 70 per cent. That means a re­duc­tion in the av­er­age land­fill waste gen­er­ated per ve­hi­cle to 1.5kg by 2016, from 5kg in 2011.

Ford’s Da­gen­ham Es­tate in the UK had an­nual waste of 5937 tonnes in 2011 with 85 per cent re­cy­cled and 15 per cent cur­rently go­ing to land­fill. The en­gine plant is cur­rently work­ing on an “oil recla­ma­tion” process which, if suc­cess­ful, will elim­i­nate vir­tu­ally all of the re­main­ing 15 per cent land­fill.

Based on an an­nual pro­duc­tion of 1.2 mil­lion ve­hi­cles, Ford also will re­duce water use by 30 per cent, sav­ing ap­prox­i­mately 1.3 bil­lion litres per year. This equates to an av­er­age sav­ing of 1100 litres for each car or van pro­duced. Sim­i­lar waste re­duc­tion plans have been im­ple­mented at other Ford of Europe man­u­fac­tur­ing sites in Bel­gium, Spain and Ger­many.

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