A Getting-to-Know Session with the Chevrolet Metro
- The Chevrolet Metro actually had a different name prior to its release in 1998. Before it used the Chevrolet nameplate, the model was called the Geo Metro, which was a Suzuki-made model that was an evolution of the Suzuki Cultus. During the 50-50 joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki, all Metro models were produced at Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc., one of GM's initiatives to learn Japanese automotive practices.
- The station wagon version of the Chevrolet Metro appeared in two video games, namely, the Simpsons: Road Rage and The Simpsons: Hit and Run. The action-adventure video games were developed by Radical Entertainment and were released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube. The Metro used in the games was owned by the character named Nedward Flanders, a next-door neighbor to the Simpsons who was loathed by Homer for having a perfect family.
- Like other stylish cars, the Chevrolet Metro was also desired by Hollywood movie creators. The model appeared in several movies and TV series, including Grey's Anatomy (2005-2012), Criminal Minds (2005-2012), Ginger Snaps (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Superbad (2007), and Bowfinger (1999).
- The Chevrolet or Geo Metro models became one of the popular car choices around 2008 when gas prices reached their all-time high. According to US News and World Report, internet searches for fuel-efficient cars greatly increased. About the said phenomenon, the same newspaper said: As gas prices spike and consumers increasingly look for ways to get to work more efficiently, heavy media coverage has spurred interest in one particular old car: the Geo Metro.
- In virtue of its commendable fuel mileage, the Chevrolet Metro was named by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy as one of the top vehicles (along with the Suzuki Swift) in their Top 12 Greenest Vehicles in 1998 and 1999. The Metro received high scores from the body on exhaust emissions, fuel economy, and other categories.
- The third-generation models did not appear in public without some flair. During the 1995 release, General Motors had a car carrier drive the units to college campuses around the US. Aside from this, Metro University conducted a half-day seminar for local writers with some of the teams included in the production of the model.