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.
The Chevy Blazer was first introduced to the market in 1983 and was offered primarily in the 2 door model. The S series Blazer was so named because it was based on the Chevrolet S10 pickup. The popular suv was manufactured from 1983 until 2005. The first models used the GM 2.0L OHV 4 cylinder engine.
Offered as an option, the 2.8L V6 engine was also offered in the Jeep Cherokee until 1987. This engine upgrade provided 110hp and despite the larger size engine, the fuel economy on the highway increased dramatically with the increased horsepower.
Chevrolet offered a 1.9L diesel engine available in California to meet the stricter emissions laws of the state. These diesel engines were discontinued after 1985 and Chevrolet introduced a larger 2.5L v6 engine. Better fuel economy was acheived with the introduction of the throttle body fuel injection system.
In 1995 the Chevy Blazer lost the S10 prefix, the interior options, the exterior trim package were all upgraged and was offered in a 4 door model to the public. Previously 4 door models had only been sold as fleet models. The engine was also upgraded in 1995 to the 4.3L Vortec 4300 V6 engine.
The 4.3L was the last engine upgrade seen in the Blazer and was the one used from 1995 until production of the model ceased in 2005.
The Chevrolet Beretta was produced from 1987 through 1996 and was offered as a CL and GT. A special edition GTU was offered in years 1988 and 1989. It came standard with Oldsmobile’s 2.3 L High Output Quad 4, which produced 180 hp. The most popular version was the 2.3L engine which was offered with the Getrag 5 speed manual transmission. This version posted a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.6 seconds and had one of the fastest slalom speeds of any front wheel drive car tested.
A 3.1 L V6 engine was available in 1991 and the 1991 model year saw major interior updates, including a new dashboard/center console and the addition of a driver’s side airbag.
1994 saw a redesign of the 3.1 L V6 and became the 3100 Series V6 and gained 20 hp for a grand total of 160. The new 3100 V6 was only available with a new 4 speed Automatic transmission. The upgraded engine was well received and the Chevrolet Beretta proved to be one of the most popular of the two door models that Chevy offered in these years.
The Chevy Aveo is representative of the automakers awareness of a need for smaller, more fuel efficient cars. With this in mind Chevy has offered both versions of the Chevy Aveo with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 103 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque.
The Chevy Aveo engine, though small in size, has plenty of pick up even in the automatic version and still preserves the great fuel economy is was built for. Aveo’s 1.6 liter engine has plenty of power for zipping around town, even with an automatic, and even on the highway it performs just as well.
For 2009 Chevrolet has redesigned the Aveo with some sportier features although it is still available in the four door sedan as well as the hatchback. The real winner in the new Aveo is the engine. This years models still have a 1.6 liter engine, however the fuel economy has been increased on both the highway and in the city.
The Chevrolet Avalanche engine was launched in 2001 and came with 2 engine choices: the Vortec 5.3L V8 engine and the Vortec 8.1L V8 engine. All though fuel economy is not its strong suit, the Avalanche was an immediate success. Though never as popular as its sisters the Tahoe and the Yukon, the Avalanche has developed a loyal following all its own.
Buyers seem to really go for the unusual body design and powerful Chevy engine that combine style, power and practicality all in one vehicle.
The Vortec Engine is one of the most powerful and popular engines produced by GM and this combined with the unique features of the Avalanche, work place this truck in a category all its own.
Ford introduced the Aerostar in 1985 for the 1986 summer season. A dependable, new type of family vehicle which was an instant success with soccer moms everywhere. The ford engine initially used was a 2.3L Lima I4 engine.
Ford also included an upgrade for this engine, the 115 hp (86 kW) 2.8 L cologne v6 which provided all the power needed for car pooling and picking up the kids.
Another great thing about the Aerostar was that Ford made most of the parts interchangeable with the Ranger and the Explorer. Most parts, including the 2.8L Ford engine, which evolved to the 3.0L vulcan V6 are easily found since so many Rangers and Explorers were also made at this time.
The Chevrolet 2500 enginewas manufactured from 1999 through 2005 and at the time was one of the largest trucks on the market.
A favorite among truck lovers, Chevy 2500 edged out the beloved Ford F-150 series several years in a row and it was the 6.0 Liter Vortec V8 engine the helped the Chevy 2500 gain the upper hand on the market.
While this large volume engine is not as fuel efficient as others, the used Chevy engine is a proven value and many Chevy owner choose to swap out the engines rather than buy a new vehicle. Its this dependability that has proven itself over and over again. For a tough hard working engine, the chevy 2500 comes through over and over again.