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The Tribune-Chronicle reports that sales for the Chevrolet Cobalt through the first quarter of 2006 were nearly double that of the same period last year. The increase was seen on a month-to-month comparison as well. So far, over 52,000 Cobalts have been delivered this year.

The Impala still remains the General’s best-selling vehicle, delivering slightly over 24,000 vehicles last month. But unlike the Cobalt, the figure represented a 4-percent drop compared to March 2005.

Sales for the GMC Yukon, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Pontiac Pursuit (sold only in Canada) can be found in the Tribune-Chronicle’s report. Overall, GM saw deliveries down from last year as reported earlier on Autoblog.

[Source: Tribune-Chronicle]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      To all you domestic auto bashers, especially GM bashers: Learn to think first before you write. Chew on these points:

      The Cobalt is a good compact economy car and a fine upgrade from the Cavalier. I owned both. I should know.

      Sure, many GM products are in rental fleets. If it can stand the rigors of rental fleet abuse, then it is a good car.

      Sure, resale value may be lower on many domestic nameplates, but you pay less to begin with. Resale value is also due to reputation and legend. Now that Toyota has had numerous recalls, will that mean resale value will take a hit? Maybe not, since Consumer Reports bashes the Mini Cooper. Yet it still maintains high resale value. After all, import nameplates are the darlings of Consumer Reports.

      You pay more for imports, especially Honda and Toyota. So it stands to reason you should get more at trade in time if you trade it in on time. Many people keep their domestic cars if they are good "until the wheels fall off." So it stands to reason you won't get much at trade in time. But you still got your moneys worth.

      Those who criticize Cobalts, answer these questions:

      Is the Mazda 3 setting sales charts on fire? By the way, Mazda is a Ford product.

      How about the Toyota Echo? That was Toyota's economy car before Prius mania superceded it. Wasn't the Echo discontinued due to slow sales?

      How about the base Honda Civic DX? You see a lot of those on the road? I know I haven't. You see the pricey LX's and EX's, priced in Malibu territory.

      As for the Toyota Corolla, the same people who slobber praise over it also call it boring. At least the Cobalt SS isn't boring.

      How about the Nissan Sentra? Another ancient design older than the last generation Cavalier?

      Don't get me started on the "wheels on boxes" known as Scion. If you like Scions so much, why didn't you buy the Echo or the Celica? Two discontinued models whose parts form the foundation of Scions.

      The Subaru Impreza? Not impressed. Imprezas are priced in Impala and Ford 500 territory. Not really entry level here. Besides, Subarus are GM products.

      So as you can see, domestic nameplates like the Cobalt and the Ford Focus stand up well vs. the pricey, overrated imports. In the real world where shoppers buys cars based on the bottom line sticker price,a domestic purchase still holds credence.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Percentage of fleet sales aside, if you add sales for the Cobalt and the ION together, it is comparable to the Civic or the Corolla. The Cobalt and ION are just different flavors of basically the same car and represent GM's small car portfolio, (although you could add the Vibe).

      It doesn't make sense when many American car bashers base their broad conclusions on a sample of one or two vehicles.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I was considering buying a Cobalt when I graduate college, but after seeing several on campus and comparing them to the Scion tc's I've seen, the Cobalt not only looks downright dull and uninspiring, but also very cheap.

      as of right now, it looks like I'll be buying a Scion tc when I graduate a year from now. I'd prefer to buy an American car, but given the options available at my price point, what the American companies are offering just does not measure up to the competition.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Cobalt SS comes standard with four-wheel antilock
      four-wheel disc brakes.

      The Sentra rear suspension is the similar to the Cobalt: "Factor in an independent-strut front suspension, and the road-gripping influence of a rear Multi-Link Beam suspension."

      The Cobalt: "The highperformance suspension that features independent front and twist axle rear suspensions along with front and rear stabilizer bars. Theres also hydraulic rear ride bushings for improved ride quality and coarse road noise suppression. In addition, gaspressurized monotube rear shocks and dualrate springs are tuned for the ride and handling..."

      Twist beam rear axles are very cost effective solutions for rear suspensions in FWD passenger cars and minivans. Half of the small and mid size passenger car market in North America uses this type of rear suspension system.
      The main features are the overall weight reduction and reduction in component complexity and finally reduction in tooling costs. The benefits are reduced cost vs. independent suspensions. An improved ride and handling vs. leaf spring beam axles, good packaging for spare tire and third row seating, and improved component durability while providing increased dimensional stability.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ok come on people. Let's get real. Why the f would you buy a tin can on wheels aka Chevy Cobalt when you could buy a Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, or Scion tC? Four reliable and solid feeling cars. Plus, the Civic in coupe form and the tC are gorgeous. The 3 is a great looking sedan. I ended up buying the tC. It's the 5th car I've owned [Plymouth TC, Volks Jetta, 2 Camrys] and I love it! And, yes, I test drove a Cobalt and, yes, it is like driving a tin can on wheels.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Beanspants1

      True, I bought it without an extended warranty. For that I am truly an idiot (plus buying my fist and last domestic car). I should have done it at the dealer but I thought I would "shop around" for a warranty but the thing kept breaking down and wiping out my dough in massive amounts. What the heck! It was only 1 year old in mint condition!

      I've learned my lesson.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that number does include fleet sales, as an overall increase in fleet sales is briefly mentioned in the article.

      Though I personally wouldn't buy a Cobalt sedan over, say, a Mazda 3, I'm not surprised that the car has done well. In terms of road manners, comfort, and materials quality, it's about on par with the previous-generation Civic. For Chevy loyalists trading in their Cavaliers, that must seem like quite a revelation.

      Actually, even with the '06 Civic on the market, I can see a certain audience preferring the Cobalt for its more "normal-looking" interior. Naturally, resale values won't be as high, and reliability isn't a given--but again, for some buyers, having a domestic brand name on the hood makes up for these shortcomings.
      • 9 Years Ago
      For all of those ignorant mental midgets... The SS/SC Cobalt handles excellent, has great interior and will absolutely smoke the new civic si and scion (along with a laundry list of others). As far as the impreza, the only trim with more performance is the costly (STI)- well over $30,000. So the next time you head out in your mazda3 and get passed by something going 140mph+, it's probably that Cobalt you were doggin.
      "I eat imports for lunch"

      0-60 6.2
      1/4 mile 14.2
      Top Speed 146
      • 9 Years Ago
      Best not to include the VIBE among domestic-engineered cars because under the skin, it's a TOYOTA Matrix.

      The Cobalt is not a bad car IMO--it's just a disappointmen (as was the ION) because I think GM can do better. And it MUST do better to increase its market share.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Peter, I doubt anybody gets "stuck" with the tC's set pricing, seeing as the tC is usually in the top 10 in "fewest days on the lot". Actually, the set pricing seems to be helping in a) not allowing the dealers to gouge the pricing on a hot model and b) holding up resale value extremely well.

      Back on topic, I still think (and I've thought this since the Cobalt came out) that the main problem with the Cobalt is that it's finally "as good" as the competition. Yes it has a solid rear axle on everything below the SS Supercharged, but overall its got a good interior and a good engine, and it's priced competitively. However, it's such a crowded market segment that being "good enough" doesn't cut it. The tC wins on features for the price, the Civic wins on reputation for quality, the Mazda3 wins on value and reputation for handling, Impreza gets the AWD nod, etc. Just being "American" and "better than than its predecessor" doesn't cut it.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "If you added the Civic, Impreza, Tc sales for the entire quarter you wouldn't match the Cobalt sales for a month. "

      Why are some of the most ignorant people the most fervent fans of US autos? "I work at a prestigious school"--well I'm banking you didn't graduate from that prestigious school. Maybe to still be a fervent GM fan you need to keep burying your head in the sand.

      Civic sales for March were 28969--that's MORE than the Impala, the NUMBER ONE selling GM brand. And the Impala is the #1 vehicle sold to Fleet. What was that about matching Cobalt sales for a month? Oh, and Cobalt is number 9 on the most sold Fleet vehicles. 25% of Chevrolet cars are sold to fleet. Meaning the real number of Cobalt sales is closer to 17,000.

      Neither Honda or Toyota are on the top ten for fleet sales. Wake the heck up. Sick of these idiots that frequent the boards.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And all of them went to the rental car companies.
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