Waste no more
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.