I'm sure by now we're all aware of the GM bankruptcy happenings. All this GM talk made me think of the company's past subcompact offerings, plus the fact that I've been intrigued by the 1980s Chevrolet Sprint Turbo as of late. So here's an über-brief rundown of some of the General's subcompacts.
1971-1977 Chevrolet Vega/Pontiac Astre
The Vega could be considered GM's first subcompact and was available in a variety of body styles. It was replaced by the Monza in 1978; the Astre replaced by the Sunbird.
1975-1987 Chevrolet Chevette/Pontiac T1000
The Chevette was sold all around the world as a Vaxhaull, Holden, Opel, and Pontiac. It was available as a three- or five-door hatchback and was the last RWD GM subcompact.
1985-1988 Chevrolet Sprint
The Sprint was made by Suzuki (and sold elsewhere as the Suzuki Cultus) and offered a three-cylinder turbo and non-turbo engine in either three- or five-door hatch versions.
1985-1988 Chevrolet Spectrum
The Spectrum sedan and hatchback were built by Isuzu and were similar to that company's I-mark. The Spectrum was also sold as a Geo for a short time. It was available in turbo- and non-turbo flavors.
1986-1993 Pontiac LeMans
The LeMans was built by Daewoo in South Korea and used Opel underpinnings. Body styles included a sedan and three-door hatchbacks.
1989-1994 Geo Metro
Designed in the U.S. and equipped with a Suzuki engine and drivetrain, the Metro had a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine, and came in three-door, five-door, or convertible body styles.
1995-2001 Geo/Chevrolet Metro
Completely redesigned and now built in Canada, the new Metro was available with 1.0-liter three- or 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and came as a sedan or three-door hatchback body style. Five-door and convertible bodies were eliminated.
2004- Chevrolet Aveo/Pontiac G3
Built by GM Daewoo in South Korea, the Aveo hit the U.S. in 2004. It is available as a hatchback or sedan. In 2009, Pontiac unveiled its G3, essentially the same thing as an Aveo, in hatchback-style only.