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Conflicting reports are surfacing on a new Chevy small car coming to the show scene this fall, with production tentatively starting at Lordstown, Ohio early in 2009. The conflict comes in the form of what Automotive News is saying — that GM will be building this new car off of the Delta platform which carries the Cobalt and the Saturn Astra. However, the local Lordstown paper is telling us to expect a new and improved Chevy Aveo to be produced locally. Where be damned: All of this news sent us into spasms of speculation on what this new product might be.

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A Chevy version of the Astra? The Daewoo Lacetti draped in a single bar grille (we admittedly kind of like that one)? A Vega for the new century? And who could forget Chevelle. Considering that it'll be built with dubious quality and high fuel economy, we've got to go with Chevette. Our favorite belonged to a buddy in high school, and sported a John Deere green body with non-matching blue rear hatch. Eventually a wheel fell off and it ended up in the ditch, where he paid the tow driver with the title in order to get it out of his sight. We can only hope this new product turns out so well. [Automotive News (Subscription) and Vindy]

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smalleyxb122
smalleyxb122

Is there a petition I can sign to make the new little car RWD? The Vega and the Chevette were both really good sellers in their day, they just had a bad day.

While they are not remembered fondly, that's more due to being produced in the midst of worldwide malaise, than actually being a bad idea.

The world needs an entry level ($15k, or at least sub-$20k) RWD car.

Ecotec, and a 5-speed for mine, please.