Chevrolet Cruze Splash Shields for Durability

When it comes to making sure the Chevrolet Cruze is as durable as it can be, Dave Schoener and his teammates are all wet, says automaker Chevrolet.

As a GM splash test engineer, Schoener helped develop a splash shield for the Chevrolet Cruze that protects the engine compartment from water and potentially harmful contaminants.

In addition, the splash shields, a segment exclusive in the Cruze, help prevent underbody corrosion by repelling water, dirt and mud. They also contribute to the Cruze’s fuel economy – an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway for Cruze Eco – by reducing wind drag.

“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.

Schoener recommended adding underbody shields to the Cruze after observing repeated splash tests in GM’s new $1.4-million Flooded Road Lab at the company’s Milford, Mich. Proving Ground.

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There, engineers drove the Cruze through a submerged roadway filled with two to 12 inches of standing water – at speeds ranging from 5 to 35 miles per hour – to ensure long-term quality and dependability.

Schoener and his team used the lab learning to find solutions to keep water, grit, salt and other contaminants away from the Cruze’s engine and transmission.

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries.

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  • Thomas Delgado

    Even with your best intentions you are still unable to compensate for stupid! It only takes a moment to place a rag under the VERY POORLY DESIGNED oil filter to recover the oil spill upon its removal but too few “mechanics” will bother and so yet another good idea gets thrown in the trash can.
    I have to wonder if GM is going to be willing to compensate their customers for the diffrence? The car we now own is NOT the car described in this article. The HACK job the dealership done to the splash guard looks like they used a dull hatchet!
    The really annoying thing is I’m able to bring up what appears to be a splash guard that seems to have a factory cut out that actually looks decent but for some reason the dealerships can’t order it?!