Classed as a compact car, the Chevy Novawas first produced by Chevrolet in 1962 to take the place of the rear engine Corvair which had taken a beating in sales by the Ford Falcon.
Although not originally offered with a V8 engine, Chevrolet was inundated with requests for this as a dealer installed option. This was due in part because of the huge capacity of the engine compartment. Chevrolet quickly complied and began to include this as one of the offerings with the Nova.
Built to be a compact car, the Nova is light weight and the addition of the V8 engine made this car quite attractive to drag racers. The trend is still visible today and these cars are still actively sought by small track racing enthusiasts all over the country.
The Nova was a very popular car through the seventies. So much so that even the police got in on the act, andChevrolet created a police package. Sold mostly to the Los Angeles sheriff department, the Nova is the only compact car to ever have been selected for a police package.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was produced from 1970 through 2007. Spanning this 17 year range, the Monte Carlo was designed to compete directly with Ford’s wildly popular Thunderbird. All Monte Carlo’s were produced as two door luxury coupes with changes and redesigns in nearly every year of it’s production.
The Monte Carlo was the brain child of Chevrolet’s then general manager, Elliot Estes and leading stylist, Dave Holls. They gave the Monte Carlo it’s bulging fender wells for a more musculature look, hidden windshield wipers which were stylish at the time as well as it’s standard small block V8with a two barrel carburetor
In 1978, in response to the Arab oil embargo, the Monte Carlo was lightened considerably and it lost roughly 800lbs. The engine compartment was also smaller as the 350 and 400 V8s offered in previous years were dropped in favor of a standard 231 CID V6 built by Buick or an optional Chevrolet 305 CID V8.
The Monte Carlo was used extensively in the NASCAR circuit by drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, his son Dale Earnhardt jr and Jeff Gordon. This fame propelled the Monte Carlo into the 21st century and special commemorative packages were offered to bolster sales that had started to slide. These used the popular 3.4 L OHV V6 engine.
The Chevrolet Malibu, named after Malibu, California was introduced in 1964 as a top of the line sub series of the full size Chevelle. A lot of body styles were offered under the Malibu name including a four door sedan and a sporty 2 door coupe called the Malibu SS
In 1966 Chevy replaced the Malibu SS with a new Chevelle SS featuring a big block V8 engine. The interior featured an all vinyl bench seat and other equipment that was similar to the Malibu SS.
The Malibu’s have seen many changes through out the years. And the present generation of Malibu engines are no exception. These engines have aluminum blocks and heads,dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, twin balance shafts, and variable valve timing.
For 2009 Chevrolet has included Onstar and a standard feature for all Malibu’s. Safety features have also been upgraded such as the six airbags which include two dual-stage front bags, two side-impact curtain air bags protecting the heads of both front and rear passengers, and two side-impact thorax bags mounted in the front seats.
The Chevy Lumina APV tag stands for All Purpose Vehicle and was Chevrolets second attempt to wrest part of the minivan market away from Chrysler. The first engine in these vans was a 3.1 L V6, and lacked the power to efficiently move the relatively heavy van.
In 1994 the Lumina received an engine upgrade to a 3.8L which provided a lot more get up and go for the minivan, so much more infact that the Lumina APV enginewas the strongest in the minivan market until Ford introduce the Windstar in 1996 with a substantial 200 horses under the hood.
Modest sales continued however and the plug was pulled in late 1995 and was replaced by Chevrolet’s complete new designed minivan the Venture.
Production of the Lumina minivan engines ceased in 1996, at which time the Tarrytown plant which produced them and which had been in operation since 1900, was shuttered and scheduled for demolition.
The Chevrolet Lumina is a 4 door sedan and not to be confused by the minivan manufactured by Chevrolet that has a similar name of the Lumina APV. The names of these vehicles were so confusing in fact that Chevrolet dropped the Lumina APV and replaced it in 1997 with the Chevy Venture.
The Chevy Lumina shares a platform with several other General Motors vehicles including the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Oldsmobile Intrigue and the Buick Regal.
For the years 1990 through 1994 Chevrolet offered three different types of Lumina engines, which include the 3.1 Liter L82 V6, the 3.4Liter DOHC and the 3.8 Liter L36 V6. In 1995 a redesign of the popular Lumina was set to include a number of sport options including an upgraded sound system and electric sunroof coupled with a more powerful engine. Chevy also moved to introduce the Lumina with police and taxi packages when the Caprice was dropped in 1996.
The Chevrolet Impala was first introduced in the late 1950′s and is one of the few cars that has been in continuous production by General Motors since its inception in 1958. The Impala was Chevrolet’s most expensive vehicle from 1958-1965 and was billed as a a “prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen.” From 1960 to 1970 the Impala was the top selling car in the United states and it still dominates today as the 8th best selling sedan world wide.
The earliest model Impala engineswere the 250 cu in (4.1 L) and have grown in size and power to include the Police Package models which utilize a 3.9 liter (237 cu in) V6 which are used in police cruiser models. Because of the low production numbers for the police package, General Motors was not inclined to design a new cooling system for a V8 engine package.
The 2006 Chevy Impala is essentially the same design that is in production through the present and utilizes base engine is a 3.5 liter (214 cu in) V6 producing 211 horsepower. The most notable thing for the current Impala is the SS model which features a Generation IV small-block V8 in a front-wheel drive Chevrolet for the first time.
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.