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2008 Vehicle Model Guide


ChevroletChevrolet from General Motors shows a broad spectrum of passenger cars, ranging from fuel-efficient commuter vehicles and refined family sedans to slick coupes and America's favorite sports car — the Corvette. For 2008, Chevy casts a new iteration of the mid-size Malibu four-door sedan, then turns on the power for the Corvette, which sports a new small-block V8.

2008 Chevrolet AveoAveo
Chevy's economy line offers a four-door notchback Aveo and five-door hatchback Aveo5. The two vary at the rear, where the Aveo totes a trunk and the Aveo5 offers a liftgate back door. Both bring a cabin with room for five and more personal space than the pint-size appearance indicates. The Aveo's engine — a dual-cam, 1.6-liter in-line-four — musters 103 horsepower with a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic shifter. It also stocks side-impact air bags, a stereo with auxiliary input device for iPods and options for a power sunroof and anti-lock brake system (ABS). The Aveo5 also offers tightly tweaked suspension settings.

2008 Chevrolet CobaltCobalt
Chevy's Colbat segments into a four-door sedan and two-door coupe. They show bold lines outside and a five-seat cabin laced with gear inside. Ecotec four-in-line engines are offered. The standard 2.2-liter plant drops into the LS and LT coupe/sedan, while a 2.4-liter version with variable valve timing (VVT) motivates the Cobalt Sport coupe/sedan. For the Cobalt LT2, the optional Performance Appearance Package attaches a tail spoiler, 16-inch aluminum wheels, foglamps, white-face instruments and a leather-trimed steering wheel. New gear for all 2008 Cobalt models is a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) plus curtain-style side air bags.

2008 Chevrolet CorvetteCorvette
Chevy's sports car offers not only a coupe and convertible, but the Z06 fixed-roof hatchback. The Z06 carries race-honed gear including carbon-fiber composite fenders and an awesome engine. The 7.0-liter LS7 V8 whips up 505 horsepower through a six-speed manual gearbox. The Corvette Coupe and Convertible earn a new 6.2-liter V8 pumping 430 horsepower in concert with a six-speed manual or electronically controlled six-speed Paddle Shift automatic with three driving modes — Drive, Sport and Paddle Shift. Corvette the coupe has a removable roof panel, while the convertible's fabric lid operates manually or with optional power controls.

2008 Chevrolet ImpalaImpala
With a mid-size structure and full-size cabin space, the Impala sedan ranks among the best-selling passenger cars in America. For 2008, the series offers fuel-saving engine options such as a 3.9-liter V6 with GM's AFM (Active Fuel Management) technology or a flex-fuel version that runs on gasoline or E85 ethanol. The two models — base Impala LS and upscale LT — use a 3.5-liter V6 with VVT for 211 horsepower. The Impala LTZ goes further with the 3.9-liter V6, while the sport-tuned Impala SS brings a 303-horsepower, 5.3-liter small-block V8 with AFM.

2008 Chevrolet MalibuMalibu
Chevrolet's newly designed Malibu begins with GM's global mid-size platform, which forges a strong structure and sets up refined driving dynamics. The dual-port grille on Malibu's sculpted prow will become the new styling face for future Chevrolet cars. The Malibu is bigger now, with a six-inch wheelbase stretch applied. Trims for 2008 include the Malibu LS, LT and LTZ. The engine for the LS and LT is GM's Ecotec 2.4-liter VVT four-pack. Malibu LTZ has a dual-cam 3.6-liter V6 with VVT to generate 252 horsepower via a six-speed automatic. Safety standards include curtain-style side air bags and a TPMS.

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