Interesting Facts about the Chevrolet Chevette
- General Motor developed an electric concept car based on the Chevette in the 1970's. The car was called the Electrovette and was propelled by an electric motor that was powered by lead acid batteries. The car was able to drive for about 50 miles at 30 miles per hour before needing a recharge. The maximum speed of the vehicle was 53 miles an hour.
- The Chevette would be that last subcompact car released by General Motors for a long while. In 2011, GM would once again release a subcompact vehicle in the United States in the form of the Chevrolet Sonic, known worldwide as the Chevrolet Aveo.
- Though the Chevette would be discontinued in the United Stated in 1987, the vehicle continued to be sold in South America, where it remained popular. Manufacturing of the vehicle would cease in 1994 for Brazil, 1996 for Ecuador, and 1998 for Columbia. A pickup version of the Chevette was released in Brazil in 1983 and was called the Chevrolet 500.
- At the time of its release, the Chevette was the lightest, smallest and most fuel efficient car in the market. Many critics would point out that the car performed poorly, that the engine was underpowered and the interior design was terrible. Despite that, the Chevette remained extremely popular, even becoming the best-selling car for 1979 and 1980 because of its low price. It fuel efficiency was unmatched at about 28 miles per gallon for city driving and 40 miles per gallon for highway driving.
- There was a no-frills, stripped down version of the Chevette called the Scooter that sold for about $2,800. This iteration of the vehicle was a loss-leader, sold without any significant profits in order to generate sales for other products and services. The absence of a back seat and an open glove box were some of the many compromises done to the car to help it achieve such a low price.
- The affordability, robustness and low-cost maintenance of the Chevette Scooter made it a popular delivery vehicle for Dominos Pizza. A die cast toy of the said vehicle was even released back then.