The Chevrolet HHR is retro design vehicle built to resemble automobiles of the 1940′s era. The HHR (which stands for Heritage High Roof) was launched by GM as a compact station wagon and is slotted below the Equinox. It was first formally introduced at the 2005 Los Angelos Auto Show by Chevrolet. The concept ca was designed by Brian Nesbitt, formerly a designer at Chryler, who also played a signifigant role in the design of Chrysler’s PT Cruiser.
In 2007 the HHR was redesigned for release in the 2008 model year. The HHR SS turbo charged model features a 2.0 Liter turbocharged EcoTec LNF I4 engine that 260 bhp with the optional 4 speed transmission.
Chevrolet has introduced HHR SS Panel concept car and production is set for the newest model to be available to the public by mid 2009.
The Chevrolet Equinox is a cross over sport utility vehicle that was introduced in 2005. The Equinox Sport Engine is a United States manufactured 3.6 Liter V6 engine, shipped to Ontario Canada where the Equinox has been manufactured since its inception.
The second generation Equinox was unveiled by Chevrolet in 2008 and features an Equinox 2.4L engine which will produce 182 horsepower with fuel economy at 18 miles per US gallon. This is a signifigant increase in the outgoing model.
The 2010 Chevy Equinox is built on a platform similiar to earlier models but features a lowered height ride. The 2010 Equinox is expected to be available to the public in late 2009.
The Chevy El Camino first produced for the 1959 model year. El Camino is spanish for “the road” and was created to compete with Ford’s Ranchero. In North America the vehicle is considered a truck and is titled as such. Through the eighties, the El Camino has sold under four main models: the Super Sport, the Royal Knight, the Conquista and the regular El Camino.
Five generations of the El Camino have been produced before finally being discontinued in 1987. The model was briefly shelved from 1960 through 1964. 1959 was the first year of the flamboyant “batwing” full-sized Chevrolet was produced and these extravagant vehicles sold in far fewer numbers thant the conservative Ford Rancheros of the day. A more conservative El Camino was introduced in 1960 but curiously enough did even worse that the 1959 model. It was due to this dismal showing that Chevrolet decided to halt any future production of the El Camino.
By 1964 with the Ranchero still showing strong sales numbers, Chevrolet decided to give the El Camino another chance. This time around Chevrolet market the El Camino as a practical work type vehicle and 1965 saw an upgraded engine and more options. By the 1980′s the most common engine found in El Caminos of this era was Chevy’s 305 cubic-inch small block V8 rated at 150 or 165 horsepower (123 kW).
The Chevy Corvette was first introduced to the American market in 1953. It has been one of the most successful vehicles Chevrolet has ever produced.
Originally designed to compete against foreign sports cars being brought home by soldiers returning from Europe after the second world war, the original Corvette engine and body was designed by Harvey Earl. It was named by Myron Scott after a small, manueverable fighting vessel known for its speed.
The first Corvettes were built by hand in Flint, Michigan using a revoltionary new material that we now know as fiberglass. Fiberglass was chosen because of the steel quotas that had been imposed due to World War II.
The brand has gone through six generations of change with the latest coming for the 2009 year production. The newest Chevrolet Corvette enginedubbed the LS9 engine is an Eaton supercharged 6.2 Liter engine producing a whopping 638 horsepower and 604 foot pounds of torque. The engine is the most powerful one ever placed in an American produced sports car and tops out at an incredible 205 mph.
The Chevy Corsica was built from 1987 to 1996 along side the Chevy Beretta and both were the second best selling cars in 1988. The Corsica was offered in two styles and four trim packages , and 5 door hatchback was offered briefly from 1989 to 1991.
The initial models had a 2.8 L (173 inÂ³) engines with throttle body injection which was upgraded to fuel injection on the I4 and MPFI on the V6 models in 1996.
Produced as fleet vehicles initially, rental agencies and large companies were the first customers, however popular demand from the public caused Chevrolet to push this into full scale production ahead of schedule.
In 1994, Corsica engines were upgraded and the 3.1 liter V6 with the OBD-I was replaced with the updated Gen III “3100-series” engine (Option code L82) and an updated OBD system.
The Chevrolet Colorado is a mid sized truck designed through a collabation between General Motors of North America and Isuzu and built in both the United States and Thailand.
A ZQ8 edition is available with a lower suspension than the standard Z85 and comes with 17 inch wheels, color-matched bumper and fender flares. There is also a Xtreme edition of the Chevy ZQ8 which has a different front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, fender flares, grille, headlights, and 18 inch wheels. The Xtreme edition is basically a continuation of a trim package from its predecessor, the Chevrolet S10.
In 2005, the Colorado surprised even Chevrolet by surpassing the Ford Ranger in sales by 35%. It came in just a touch behind the new best seller, the Toyota Tacoma.
Chevrolet’s newest compact car addition is the Chevy Cobalt. Added to the line up in 2005, the Cobalt is offered with a number of different trim packages. All Cobalts are currently manufactured at the Lordstowne assembly plant in Lordestowne, Ohio.
There are several different models available including the base Cobalt, the Cobalt XFE and the Cobalt SS all of which stay nearly sold out in showrooms across the country. â€œOur dealers are asking for many more Cobalts than we can build.” says Ed Peper, GMNA vice president of Chevrolet.
In 2006 a non turbo charged model, the Cobalt SS was added. The Cobalt SS was equipped with a 2.4 L naturally-aspirated Ecotec inline 4 engine. In 2007 Chevrolet replaced the engine to included an upgraded 260 hp turbocharged engine. Mid 2007 saw another change so that the fuel economy was increased to 25 mpg.
For 2009, Chevrolet discontinued both the sports coupe and the sports sedan as was the 2.2 L L61 engine. These were replaced by the Chevy 2.2 L LAP engine which has proven to be more fuel efficient as well as more powerful. Three new colors were added and the neutral color interior phased out. Customers can also choose blue tooth capabilities along with a digital performance display.
Chevrolet started production of the Chevette in 1975 for introduction late into 1976. Originally intended as a replacement for the Vega,the Chevette was intended to be Chevrolet’s import-fighting small car. The Chevette engine was functional and fuel efficient and it was the best-selling small car in America for the 1979 and 1980 model years.
The Chevette was produced from 1976 through 1987 and was offered with several engine types including the Chevette 1.4L diesel engine.However, it lacked the technological advances bestowed on the Vega such as an aluminum engine, and it was based on the dated rear-wheel drive layout which was rapidly dropping out of favor. The Chevette was actually the last rear wheel drive subcompact car manufactured for the United States and Canada.
Given that the Chevette is rearwheel drive, light weight and compatible with many GM components, it is harldly surprising that the Chevette is a favored choice for dirt tracking racing enthusiasts. The chevy small block engine is a popular choice for upgrading and modifying the chevette for performance purposes.
Chevrolet had a big hit in 1982 with the introduction of the Chevy Celebrity. In 1986 the Celebrity was the best selling car in the United States. Despite its popularity, the Celebrity was continued for only one generation.
Chevrolet offered the mid size car as a replacement for the Malibu and it came it in 3 body styles: the two door coupe, the four sedan and a 4 door station wagon. Three different power trains were offered with each of the body styles however the most popular Celebrity engine choice by far was the 2.8L V6.
Although technically it was available for only one generation, the Celebrity saw several facelifts through out its 8 year run. It received its first facelift in 1984, and the other in 1986, which included a sleeker front end and a simpler taillight layout. The Chevy Celebrity coupe was discontinued in 1988 and the Celebrity station wagon saw its demise shortly after in 1989.
The Chevy Cavalier was introduced in 1982 and came in a 2 door coupe, 4 door sedan and a station wagon body style. It was one of the most successful cars ever introduced by Chevrolet.
In 1983, Chevy upgraded the popular series to fuel injection and the Cavalier V6 engine was uncommon in a compact car at the time.
A newer more aerodynamic design was introduced in 1995 and the station wagon was discontinued. However the coupe and sedan were retained with the convertible being offered until the year 2000.
The Chevy Cavalier engines were offered in a variety of sizes over the years including the 2.2L GM OHV l4, the 2.3L twin cam l4 and the 2.4L LD9 l4.
The cavalier was retooled for 2002 and 2003 but Chevrolet, in attempt to revive sliding sales, discontinued the Cavalier and the Cobalt was introduced as its replacement.
The Chevy Caprice engine was offered with police package options for over 10 years. The Caprice was first offered with a C91 police package in 1986. After the Impala was phased out in 1986, the Cp1 Caprice was offered with a 350 cid V8 engine and became the car of choice for the police package. Although the Caprice was offered with a smaller 4.3L V6 as well, both engines were equipped with the Turbo-hdramatic 700R-4 transmission.
Production continued through 1996 and in 1994 the Caprice Chevy received the new-generation GM engines, including an optional version of the Corvette’s 5.7L engine that put out 260 hp and 330 ftÂ·lbf of torque.
Although the Chevrolet C91 was the fastest and most popular model used for police vehicles,thanks in part to the Chevy 5.7L engine, declining sales and an emerging SUV market forced the halt of this classic full sized sedan in 1996.
The Chevy Camaro was first produced in 1966 as competition for Ford’s newly released Mustang. It was offered through 4 generation changes before being discontinued in 2002, with the 1st generation in production from 1966 through 1969. It was offered with several engine options but the 307 cu in (5.0 L) engine proved to be the most popular.
1970 saw the birth of the second generation of Camaro and this body style would see many redesigns and upgrades throughout its 11 year run.
The third generation of camaro saw the introduction of two special editions and ran from 1982 through 1992. It was during this time period that the famous IROC-Z came into production.
In 1993 Chevrolet redesigned the Camaro engine and offered the car with both a V6 and a V8 power plant for the first time. The fourth generation Camaro was offered until the year 2002. With sales decling and the sport coupe market on the wan, 2002 saw the end of 35 years of continuous production.