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Chevrolet Cobalt
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Overview
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Production2004–2009
2011–present
Model years2005–2010 (North America)
2012–2020 (Brazil)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car
LayoutFront engine, front wheel drive
Chronology
PredecessorGeo/Chevrolet Prizm (Cobalt)
Chevrolet Cavalier (Cobalt)
Pontiac Sunfire (G5)
SuccessorChevrolet Cruze (Cobalt & G5)
Buick Verano (G5)

The Chevrolet Cobalt is a compact car introduced by Chevrolet in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Cobalt replaced both the Cavalier and the Toyota-based Geo/Chevrolet Prizm as Chevrolet's compact car. The Cobalt was available as both a coupe and sedan, as well as a sport compact version dubbed the Cobalt SS. Like the Chevrolet HHR and the Saturn ION, it was based on the GM Delta platform.

A Pontiac version was sold in the United States and Mexico under the G5 name for 2007–2009. It was sold as the Pontiac G4 in Mexico for 2005–2006 and as the Pontiac G5 in Canada for its entire run (where it was briefly known as the Pontiac Pursuit and later Pontiac G5 Pursuit). The G5 replaced the Cavalier-related Pontiac Sunfire. While the Cobalt was available as a 2-door coupe and a 4-door sedan in all markets it was offered in, the G5 was only available as a coupé in the United States while a sedan version was sold alongside the coupé in Canada and Mexico.

As with their predecessors, all Cobalts and its Pontiac equivalents were manufactured at GM's plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico and Lordstown, Ohio. The United States Environmental Protection Agency classified the Cobalt as a subcompact car.[1]

  • Second generation (2011–present)
    Second generation
    Chevrolet Cobalt 2013 in Russia<p>In 2011, <a style=General Motors Brazil introduced a new model bearing the Cobalt name in the Brazilian market.[23] This Cobalt replaced the aging local Chevrolet Astra. The car is equipped with a 1.4 Econo.Flex engine. Although sporting a similar front end style, it is not directly related to the Chevrolet Agile, since it shares the overall underpinnings with the 2011 Chevrolet Sonic,[24] while the Agile is derived from the considerably older Opel Corsa B, from 1993.

    Chevrolet had no plans to bring the Cobalt to the North American market, which already had the Chevrolet Sonic and Chevrolet Spark as the subcompact cars in the continent. In GM Brazil's line-up, it is situated above the Chevrolet Prisma and below the Chevrolet Cruze.

    In January 2013, the Cobalt was launched in the Russian market, where it was imported from Uzbekistan.[25] There, it was offered with a 1.5-litre engine, producing 77 kW (105 PS) and 134 N⋅m (99 lb⋅ft).[26] The Cobalt was retired in Russia in December 2015, when Chevrolet decided to minimise its presence only to its iconic models. However, in late 2016, it was reintroduced under the new Ravon marque as the Ravon R4.[22]

    The Cobalt received a facelift in late 2015 for the 2016 model year.[27] Its main rivals are the Nissan Versa and the Renault Logan.[24]

    In Brazil, production ended in late 2019, with 2020 being the final model year. The Cobalt has been succeeded by the Chevrolet Onix Plus sedan, which achieved higher sales upon its launch in 2019.[28]

    References

    1. ^ "Gas Mileage of 2008 Subcompact Cars". Fueleconomy.gov. Retrieved January 4, 2011.