Final Cobalt Rolls Off the Line as Chevrolet Prepares for 2011 Cruze

Automobile Staff

After nearly seven years of production, Wednesday marked the last of the Chevrolet Cobalts to come off the line in Lordstown, Ohio. With the Cobalt's departure, Lordstown can make way for the hotly anticipated Cruze, which will take the place of the Cobalt and its Pontiac G5 twin in Ohio.

"We're sorry to see the Cobalt leave, but you know what's right behind it -- the Cruze," said Local 1112 President Jim Graham. "It served its purpose -- it was a great car, great sales numbers."

We've shown praise for the Cobalt as a major improvement over its predecessor, the Cavalier, and bestowed admiration upon the even hotter Cobalt SS. In the first five months of 2010, Chevrolet sold just over 67,000 Cobalts. The last model to roll off the line was a white Cobalt destined for a dealership in New Hampshire.

The Cruze, already on sale elsewhere in the world, is expected to be an even greater step forward for Chevy small cars. Lordstown, draped with a "Cruze is Coming" banner for over a year, will be one of several plants to produce the Cruze around the world. Prior to the Cobalt, the Lordstown plant was also home to relics of bygone automotive eras, such as the Chevy Vega and several generations of Cavaliers.

Cruze production is scheduled to begin July 12, after a short shutdown for retooling.

Source: Business Journal

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