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Chevrolet Cobalt, Coupe, Sedan
#1493 of 2240 Re: Try a 2006 Saturn ION with 2.4L [cdavidhess]
Dec 12, 2005 (7:49 pm)
I wonder how '06 sales are going for the ION? The prices are pretty dang good this year with GM's new pricing structure. Particularly if you can refrain from ordering too many options. The ION2 effectively competes against cars like the Kia Rio, Chevy Aveo, Suzuki Forenza and Hyundai Accent. That is by no means an insult, just to say that with an ION2 with few options you can get a lot more car for the same money as those Korean imports. It's also cheaper than cars like the Kia Spectra, Hyundai Elantra, GM's own Chevy Cobalt and a lot of others in the lower end of the subcompact class, while offering as many features and good performance.
Dec 13, 2005 (6:05 pm)
I see a lot of IONs areound these days. I would think the car is selling pretty well these days from what I see. The 06 is much improved over the first year.
Dec 13, 2005 (6:27 pm)
I actually see the older ION's on the road more often than the newer ones (ie 05's and 06's). Anyway, a well equipped ION3 is actually cheaper than a comparable Cobalt, Civic, Corolla etc. The only thing that is a negative for me, is the side impact ratings. Where the Cobalt, Corolla, and new Civic did pretty good in the side impact ratings , the ION did poor. Other than that the car is pretty decent.
#1496 of 2240 Re: ION [bporter1]
Dec 14, 2005 (11:14 am)
The Ion actually did better in the NHTSA side impact test than the Cobalt, until Cobalt redesigned the interior panel.
#1497 of 2240 Re: ION [micweb]
Dec 15, 2005 (5:41 pm)
Was it the interior design, or the edition of the side air bags. I saw on Dateline NBC that both the Corolla and Cobalt models that didn't have the optional side air bags performed poorly, but those that did performed acceptable, which was the top rating for the compact car class.
#1498 of 2240 Re: ION [poncho167]
Dec 16, 2005 (1:36 pm)
There are two different US testing organizations - the Insurance Institute, funded by insurance companies, at www.iihs.org, and the US government agency, the National Highway and Traffic Safety bureau, which publishes tests at www.safercar.gov .
If you read the actual test for the 2005 at safercar.gov, it states that the side crash results changed during the model year cycle due to a change in the door padding.
I didn't see Dateline, but they were probably talking about the more severe iihs.org side crash test (since neither car did poorly in the government test). In the iihs tests, no car (regardless of brand or model) passes without side curtain airbags. (Side "curtain" airbags - there were a couple of models that barely passed with ONLY side curtain air bags, but NO cars passed with side TORSO - the more common type until recently - airbags. Combo side airbags seem to work fine, you just can't do well without the head protection, since the IIHS test hits a pickup size sled into the side of the test vehicle, and in some tests the dummy head actually makes contact with the intruding pickup.)
#1499 of 2240 Doesn't anyone drive a
Dec 23, 2005 (12:04 pm)
Cobalt. No one has posted since Dec.16th. I thought by now someone would have something to say!!!!!!!
#1500 of 2240 Re: Doesn't anyone drive a [nortsr1]
Dec 23, 2005 (10:04 pm)
Anyone seen Cobalt sales figures YTD? Just wondering.
#1501 of 2240 Just found the sales numbers...
Dec 23, 2005 (10:08 pm)
As of 11/05 the Cobalt had sold 195,839. Sure it'll hit the 200k mark. Not too shabby.
#1502 of 2240 Re: Just found the sales numbers... [allfiredup]
Dec 26, 2005 (7:51 am)
Though a different car, it's down a bit from where the Cavaliar left off. It probably will be one of the top 10 sellers though.