• Jun 23rd 2008 at 10:29AM
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GM made big promises when the Cavalier was finally supplanted by the Cobalt. It was to be a departure, a break from the not-so-fondly-regarded J-Body to an all-new vehicle capable of competing head-on with the Civic. Yeah. Then it debuted and reality was "not so much." It's worlds better than the Cav, but for a car that was supposed to be a clean break, it certainly looks like a continuation of the J, no matter how much pent up lust we harbor for the Cobalt SS in any form. Pardon us if we're going with Dubya quoting The Who, but fool us once.....won't get fooled again.
Leave it to spy photographers to at least assuage our fears about the styling of the Cobalt's replacement. The Malibu's grille and the Equinoxes lamps get scaled down and applied to a body that's wholly removed from the neo-Cavalier we've got now. This time around, Chevy seems far more serious about being a leader, and they're focusing on more than just dissecting Jetta suspension bushings. The Cobalt moniker might not make the transition to the Delta platform; Rick Wagoner avoided any mention of the name while comparing how much better than the incumbent the incoming model will be. Wagoner did go on to promise more of everything; from quality and equipment, to safety and fuel economy. We'll see. Thanks for the tip, Noe!

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Don't forget to pack your angry eyes!"

      I'm not really feeling it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That apparently came from a Honda Accord.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a little odd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like Pontiac Aztec was brought back to life by some sinister powers, taking shape of a mid-size car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      lame. try again gm. doesn't matter what's on the inside... that thing will probably be too ugly to seriously compete with other cars in the same class - like how the current cobalt is too ugly compared to corolla, civic, sentra, etc. what is up with their designs lately... only exception is the malibu really.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Grill seems overly large and bulbous as does that overdrawn character line for the hood. Those tail lights scream Kia (ouch) and it does appear -- sadly -- as though that stupid dead panel on the C pillar is here to stay. First the Sebring, then the Mazda6, and now this. Seriously, is there no way to design a sedan with a proper C pillar anymore? This design que is such bad taste it makes that fake side vent fad almost forgivable by comparison.

      Overall, it sucks. Even worse, I genuinely like this design much better than the current Cobalt. Chevy is still stumbling in the dark, but at least they are headed in the correct general direction.. um, sort of.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh goody. Another text-book example of some random moron playing pretend on the internet when he should be competing in monster truck rallies with golf shoes. For all the intelligence on display here, these bottom-line to the same thing. Except one of these will improve our lives while relieving you of what is clearly too much to handle.

        I said *THIS* design sucks. I was passing judgment on the STYLING of this pre-production unit, not making any PREDICTIONS at all. (Where in the world did you spot that one? It sure as hell wasn't in my post.) I didn't reference a damned thing beyond the looks of this mule, so please, fail to present yourself as a complete tool.

        Maybe you haven't noticed, but styling is just as important as feature content and engineering because a LOT of car purchases have a very real emotional component to them. That's why styling makes or breaks sales. And yes, the styling sucks. Better than the current Cobalt to be sure, but it still sucks. IF GM goes to market with this, it'll suck then too. You needn't worry however; the Focus violently blurs the line between pugs with their patented kicked-in faces and a fantasy date on the beach with Megan Fox, and that cat turd impersonator sells like hot cakes. No accounting for taste - regardless of how that legalized rape of optic nerves drives.

        Speaking of which, that you saw fit to complain about my driving impressions when I opined on nothing of the kind deserves a maximum-strength prescription capable of correcting the imbalanced chemical formulation in your deficient monkey brain and thereby prevent additional farts escaping from the hot-air balloon that most people might be inclined to assume is your head. Specifically, the pointless scolding diatribe you tried to pass off as some form of reading comprehension.

        Maybe it's the juvenile whining in your dumbass post, but I suspect it is this same defect which enables you to somehow also miss your smugly written quip (intended no doubt to declare yourself intellectually superior) did anything but inspire confidence in the notion you think independently, or at all. At least sheep know enough to follow the leader. You don't even know how to avoid contradicting yourself. Here's a free cluepon: If you're going to IGNORE me, you don't accomplish that by RESPONDING directly to my post. Especially this one.

        I don't care if you ignore me. Do that for real next time and rid us of your embarrassing stupidity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have never been a fan of the Cobalt. It always seemed like a lateral move or even a step down from the Cavalier.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a bad looking car but not a big fan of the current chevy grille, kind of "blah" and generic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most likely Volt will be based on that Cobalt, so once we get to see the entire Cobalt....we will se the Volt.

      Far Cry from the concept.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Silly gooses, most cars have funky headlights like that now, my wifes new Subaru Legacy, my new Honda Civic. It looks good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't stand that 3 peice cut-a-section-of-the-hood-off grill!
        • 7 Years Ago

        and those headlights are horrible
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think i may like this car a bit more now that it has Korean styling vs the tired and chunky old american styling.

      This actually looks more pleasing to the eyes and actually fits with the current generation of other cars on the market. Now I can finally say that this is no more a badly reincarnated Cavalier.

      Finally we can see the Daewoo division kicking some butt.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Am I missing something? It looks ok but nothing too exciting. To be honest older Cavaliers excited me more
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