The last Chevrolet Cruze ever built is now owned by a Fiat Chrysler dealer. Which is weird.
General Motors’ Lordstown Assembly is scheduled to cease production and shut down later this year. With it goes the Chevy Cruze, the affordable everyday sedan that impressed nobody in particular besides just how generic it was. Which isn’t to say it was a bad car, just that it was the quintessential “car”.
The last Cruze ever made rolled off the assembly line on March 6th. It was painted eggshell white, almost as though GM knew that the future owner would be passing it off at the first chance they got. And they did. So it sort of made sense.
According to WKBN, the last Cruze was initially purchased by a local businessman who announced his intention to auction it off with the proceeds going to support United Way. It was then purchased by another business owner for $35,000, but that’s not the end of the story.
John Kufleitner, who owns a Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chrysler dealership in the nearby town of Columbiana, reached out to that winner of the auction to discuss making a private purchase of the LS Cruze. Apparently, Kufleitner was a fan of the Cruze and wanted to own a piece of automotive history.
A deal was struck, and Kufleitner paid the full $35,000 to United Way and walked away with a shiny new Chevy Cruze.
“It doesn’t matter what you buy, what you sell, what you drive. Lordstown has played a big role in this Valley and I think it’s important to everybody,” Kufleitner told WKNB.
The current plan is to showcase the LS Cruze at Kufleitner’s dealership. He’s not selling it--he just wants it to be on display so that local Ohioans can see it and be reminded of their proud automotive heritage. Later he might officially add the car to his private collection.
Apparently, Kufleitner has driven the Cruze and loves it, and can’t understand why GM stopped making them. That might have something to do with the incredibly slim profit margins on sedans, whereas crossovers and SUVs are more expensive and thus more profitable.
(via GM Authority)