Geo is a brand marketed by General Motors which manufactures both small cars and SUVs. The brand was introduced by GM to compete in the small car market. The lineup existed until 1997 after which it was merged with Chevrolet's lineup. Geo models were manufactured in collaboration with Japanese import manufacturers. For instance the Prizm was manufactured at the GM/Toyota NUMMI assembly plant located in Fremont, California. The Tracker and Metro were produced as a GM/Suzuki joint venture in CAMI, an assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. The Storm and Spectrum were exceptions, since they were manufactured entirely by Isuzu in Japan.
The Metro was a compact car analogous to the Suzuki Cultus and Suzuki Swift. It was available either as a three or five door hatchback. A two-door convertible model was later released. The car came fitted with a 1.0 L 3-cylinder engine which was later was later adopted to the Chevrolet Sprint. The second generation Metro came with a 1.3 L 4-cylinder engine. The Metro XF1 is regarded as the most fuel efficient car ever manufactured by GM and the car was in production from 1989 to 2001.
The Prizm is a four door sedan which was based on the Toyota Sprinter and the Toyota Corolla. It was the successor to the Chevrolet Nova and the Geo Spectrum. The Prizm garnered many awards from the auto industry, including being in the Consumer's Best Buy digest. However, it was always outsold by the Toyota Corolla. When it was first launched, the Prizm was manufactured with a choice of either the 4F-FE or the 4A-GE engines. The former is basically a descendent of the carbureted 4A-F and is in the same series and generation as that of the 4A-GE. However, it differs from its sibling in terms of power and performance. Both engines have the same displacement and DOHC, but they were optimized for different purposes. The basic difference is that the valves are placed about 22 degrees apart in the F version while being 50 degrees apart in the G-Engines. The other difference is that the G series employed a "slave cam engine", which essentially means that the camshafts are geared together and are driven by a single camshaft sprocket. The engines can be differentiated from one another only by a close physical examination. The first generation has a more rugged look and has a plate in the top which reads"16valve EFI".
3-Cyl. 1.0 Liter | 4-Cyl. 1.3 Liter |
4-Cyl. 1.8 Liter | 4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter | 4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter 16V |
4-Cyl. 1.5 Liter | 4-Cyl. 1.5L Turbo |
4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter | 4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter 16V | 4-Cyl. 1.8 Liter |
4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter | 4-Cyl. 2.0 Liter | V6 2.5 Liter | 4-Cyl. 1.6 Liter 16V |