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Many people choose their car because it is an extension of themselves, their personality, their style and their passion. These folks tend to forge a deep attachment with their automobile, an inanimate object void of emotion. Despite that fact, a vehicle has wants and needs of its own, and some can be more demanding than a small child. As with any parent, there are curious automobile owners who often wonder, where did my baby come from? Recently 134 Chevrolet Cobalt fans got the chance to find out.

Back on September 27th, GM opened up the Lordstown, OH plant for 85 lucky owners and their guests. It was a rare chance for many to view the inner workings of an automotive assembly line, without a need to join the UAW. Event attendees received a full facility tour, on site lunch meet and greet, and of course freebee swag. Not surprisingly, the majority of the Cobalt fan base stemmed from the website CobaltSS.net.

The SS is about the only Chevy compact that can muster up an emotional following, as evident in the video of John Heinricy tossing the 2008 model around the Nurburgring. The turbocharged ECOtech powered econo car is just one of the models currently produced at the Lordstown plant. The massive facility is also slated to make the Cobalt replacement, the Cruze. Check out the gallery below to view photos from the event.



Cobalt's Come Home


By: Corey Mullane

There's something special about your birthplace, where no matter where you end up, coming home always has a special feeling to it. This Saturday we invited ECOtec owners to come back to the birthplace of the Cobalt and get in on an exclusive tour of the entire facility. From frame construction to final assembly, the owners that attended got an unprecedented look at how their car was built and who put their car together.

There were a total of 134 people that attended the owners meet with eighty five ECOtec owners bringing their vehicles to the Lordstown facility. A majority of these owners came from CobaltSS.net, an online community of Cobalt enthusiasts, and brought their customized Cobalt's to Lordstown from as far away as Texas and Mississippi to come see a tour of the plant. We hooked everyone up with special one-off Cobalt hats, posters, frisbees, stickers and tons of other goodies. We also set up a special catered lunch for all the owners, so that after their tour of the plant, they could sit down, relax and hang out with their long lost brothers.

The Lordstown Plant Facility is the highest volume single line vehicle assembly facility in the world with the main assembly building measuring over five million square feet and the full production line measuring over twenty one miles long. There are approximately 5,000 workers that put their individual touch into every single Cobalt before it leaves the Lordstown Facility. These workers work in shifts to produce roughly 1,500 Cobalt's a day, which sometimes isn't enough to meet demand!

Everyone at the Lordstown Plant couldn't have been happier to have all the owners at their facility and they couldn't have been better hosts. We'd like to thank all of the Lordstown men and women for opening their arms to all the ECOtec owners and making this VIP owner's event as special as it was.

Keep in mind that you can only register for these VIP ECOtec Owners Meet's on GMTunerSource.com, so keep your eyes peeled for the next one coming to a city near you. To see what you missed, you can check out the pictures from the event here. And remember, you can leave comments for us about the event and about where you'd like to see future events. So drop us a line below, we'd love to hear from you!

[Source: GMTunerSource.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Can someone direct me to the 3 cylinder Metro reunion??? Seriously though, Cobalt SS is worthy of consideration based on it's performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eh, I was there. I'm in a few pics actually. It's funny, there are a few "goofy" people there. But this crowd is quite passionate about the car that they drive. I see Honda owners doing the same thing... yet it's acceptable when they show pride in their car.

      No wonder the big three are hurting these days. GM produces a car that competes with the best in the class, and this is the kind of response they get from the general public.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with you. These are people who just love their cars. What's wrong with that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dan,

        Since you were there, I'm curious; Was the plant in operation at the time of the tour? The few of the in-plant photos look pretty dark and devoid of any assembly workers. I've only been in one plant myself and there and in most other photos I've seen, things look brighter and more active. Just wondering...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dont they have cleaners? Thats one filthy plant and I've seen a few.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lamborghini gives free tours of their factory in st. agata (sp?).

      Its once a day, and it was the most awesome thing Ive ever seen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice crowd. This is why I wouldnt be caught dead in a Cobalt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lmao, i finally clicked on the pics, after seeing the first, i had an identical reaction to you two.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL...My thoughts exactly
        • 6 Years Ago
        Doesn't look any different than the crowds that showed up in their Integras and Vee-dubs for Hot Import Nights.

        Cheap cars have lower-end owners. That's the way it is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What ... you three usually date better looking guys?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Mr. Pitt, please lay-off the judgmental comments. Anyone is entitled to buy any car, so don't be surprised if someone that you'll never relate to steps out of the car you are currently driving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of all the car owners they could take to explore the plant, they had to take the Cobalt owners.

      Congrats, GM.

      Now GTFO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...and I'm sure a tour of the Honda plant for Civic Si owners would turn up a contingent of rocket scientists and brain surgeons, right?

      oh, I forgot. Honda doesn't do this kind of thing for loyal owners, do they?

      if you've ever had the oppurtunity to tour an automotive production facility, it's amazing. I had the once-in-a-lifetime oppurtunity to be at the Ford Dearborn plant when my very first new car (a 1974 Mustang II) I special-ordered was coming down the line.

      AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        NO they don't, it's jut too many of Honda owners up there :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually they DO. You can call ahead to any Honda plant and they'll give you a tour. There are several assembly plants and an engine plant in Ohio and they all give tours. The motorcycle plant also gives tours. A buddy of mine is the head of a CRX owners group that's mostly in Canada, and they take a tour every year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well maybe not brain surgeons and rocket scientists, but certainly not the cast of the Goonies like we see here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure that unlike these people, everyone on this board is incredibly sexy and dresses very naff.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it really that hard to get a tour of Lordstown?

      I grew up near Lordstown and my boy scout troop went on tours several times, back when it was known as (showing my age here) the "Vega and van" plant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      People seem to have a perverse desire to annoy others by posting on the internet. Case in point, the many inflammatory comments above. And imagine, how smug and powerful they must have felt at that precise moment they....hit the "Add Comment" button! Never ceases to amaze. Wow....lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. That's the sad truth about the internet where everyone is completely under annominity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I owned two Vegas that were built at Lordstown, and they were actually built pretty well. The second one ('76 GT 5-speed) went 218k before I sold it (for $750 in '96), and still ran on the original engine. Never even had the head off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, what a tough crowd! I'm glad they like their Cobalts. Not the best, elegant or most powerful car, but I'm sure it could smoke a whole lot of Hondas, Nissians, and Toyotas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        correction. it is the 2nd most powerful in its class. compare the standard 2.2 liter ecotec vvt with the rest of the competition's base engines. Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra have 140 hp, Toyota Corolla has 132, Kia Spectra/Hyundai Elantra have 138 hp Chevy Cobalt/ Pontiac G5 155hp. VW Jetta 170 hp. The Cobalt is also the 2nd fasted in the class. i think it is beat by the Lancer GT-S
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't say that I am a Cobalt fan,but I think it would be interesting to check out the plant that builds them( a visit to any car plant, would be interesting).But it would be even more interesting,if you owned the vehicle made at that plant. As for the silly comments about the people who drive Cobalts....all I gotta say, is grow up.
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