New Chevrolet Compact Car is Due in Fall 2008

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

The Cobalt's end may be nigh: Chevrolet is rumored to introduce an all-new compact car later this fall that could signal the end of Chevy's Cavalier replacement.

Automotive News reports that the automaker is ready to unveil the car, built upon the next-generation Delta platform, at an auto show this fall.; Production wouldn't begin until early 2009.

Sources say the car will make use of a new global 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 with direct injection.; Recently announced by GM, the new motor could produce between 120 and 140 hp and 129 to 148 lb-ft of torque - all while returning fuel economy figures in the 40 mpg range.

Rumor has it that the plant in Lordstown, Ohio - home of the Cobalt and its Pontiac derivatives, the G5 and Pursuit - is being currently retooled for the new vehicle.; Officials from the UAW have heard rumblings that a third shift may be added to the plant, bumping production capacity from the current 1500 cars a day to nearly 2100.

While the new car's use of the Delta platform and the Lordstown plant essentially signal it may be a Cobalt replacement, don't mark the current car as dead quite yet.; With production for the Cobalt scheduled through June of 2010, the outgoing Cobalt may soldier on without change in an attempt to woo fleet buyers.

Source: Automotive News

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I rented a 07 Cobalt in Palm Springs and it was a pleasure to drive - quiet and plenty of head and legroom. In comparison, the 07 Corolla is buzzy and full of rattles. The Civic has cramped headroom and too much roadnoise.

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