• Jun 2nd 2008 at 6:57PM
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The industry-wide shrinking of US automobiles is in its infant stages, but new products are coming in a big fat hurry. GM is preparing a new compact model based on the Delta platform, and it will feature the General's new 1.4-liter turbo powerplant. GM isn't spilling the beans on the identity of the new vehicle, which will not be named Cobalt. We don't know if it will replace the Cobalt, either, but we do know that the direct injected, force-fed 1.4-liter four-pot could achieve a remarkable 40 mpg or more. The new engine isn't only efficient, but it's got plenty of pep, too. The turbocharged four-banger will produce between 120 and 140 ponies, and it'll likely have an attractive torque curve to boot.
The as-of-yet unnamed vehicle will be built in GM's Lordstown plant, which currently produces the Pontiac G5 and Chevy Cobalt. The new Chevy may also necessitate an additional shift at Lordstown, which would be welcomed news to the UAW's rank and file. The mystery Chevrolet compact will be unveiled this fall, with a production date of early next year. We haven't heard much regarding an all-new Chevrolet compact, so if this vehicle arrives in addition to a new Cobalt, that will be very big news.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      FYI - this car is not a "rushed" car. It has been a planned replacement for the Cobalt sedan for quite some time. Whether it is named Cobalt or not I am not sure. My bet is that it replaces the current 4-dr Cobalt, and the current 2-dr continues selling until a replacement is ready. Although there are no 2-dr compacts in the plan so it might become a 3-dr hatch. Or there might not be any planned Cobalt coupe replacement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This news is very interesting indeed. I can't wait to see the results of this development.

      Now, if GM could only be as aggressive with products for some of their other divisions...
      • 7 Years Ago
      since it is TC it will run on premium fuel i bet like all other TC gasoline engines and that will cost .30/.40 more a gallon. there is no free lunch
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone remember the last time GM rushed a new product to market in response to rising gas prices? Santayana anyone?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since no one has said "Chevy Nomad" yet, consider it said now. Two-door shooting brake, moving down a notch from the 2004 concept in power and weight, but still utterly practical and, if GM sweats the details the way is has lately, utterly fun to drive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        God I hope it is the Nomad as long as it is RWD.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I really hope they don't sully the Nomad name by using it on an econobox. If anything a two-door Zeta wagon should be a Nomad.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      please be the beat and/or groove minicar that GM showed at NAIAS

      GM needs a Yaris/Fit beater
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is great, especially the engine news, but this whole trend really disappoints me. Just 2 years of expensive gas and now we suddenly have smaller, remarkably fuel-efficient models coming out of the woodworks.

      Why the hell couldn't auto manufacturers have done this a decade ago? We'd be leaps and bounds ahead by now, and we (possibly) wouldn't be in the political and economic situation that we're in right now.

      Gotta love Americans. If some fluke dropped gas back to $2/gallon tomorrow, there would be a MAD dash to buy up all the SUVs sitting on used car lots right now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Why the hell couldn't auto manufacturers have done this a decade ago? We'd be leaps and bounds ahead by now, and we (possibly) wouldn't be in the political and economic situation that we're in right now."

        Because there wasn't a market for them and no profit to be made. Duh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A small GTI type car ,but without Volkswagen's abysmal quality issues would be nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car they are talking about is the Daewoo Lacetti/Chevy Optra/formerly Suzuki Forenza replacement seen here in spy shots recently with the mini malibu grille, its delta platform is way to big to be a beat or aveo replacement ! Also it will be shown at la and go on sale early next year, so they would have to have many prototypes running around and yepo weve seen them here on autobolg...
      • 7 Years Ago


      What octane is this thing going to drink ? 91 ?

      All articles about new gasoline engines should include octane info.

      If Chevy is positioning this car as their small, ultra fuel efficient Honda Civic/Toyota Corolla-Yaris killer, then they should just go ahead and put a diesel in it.

      A small car that gets 40MPG, BUT requires 91 octane gas isn't much to brag about.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Who freakin' cares anymore? 91 octane is 5% more expensive than regular. If it boosts mpg 5% it's worth it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great idea, if vw won't give us the 1.4 TSI due to the weak dollar (170hp, 40mpg in the golf), at least chevy will take up the charge!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They need to replace the Cobalt with a car the same size but with more interior room. the back seat is a joke. Smaller cars have bigger rear seat area than this.
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