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BREAKING! Chevrolet Now Makes the Most Fuel-Efficient Compact and Midsize Cars

By Igor Holas | 04.22.2008 | www.autosavant.net

General Motors has finally released official fuel economy ratings for the new Cobalt XFE and for the 2009 Malibu I-4 LTZ . As we reported previously, the General made some mid-year changes to the Cobalt with 2.2 liter engine and manual transmission and significantly upgraded its mileage to an outstanding 25/36 miles per gallon. To commemorate this change, the applicable Cobalts will sport a new XFE badge, which stands for [E]Xtra Fuel Efficient.

For the Malibu, GM replaced the four-speed automatic currently paired with the 2.4l four-cylinder engine with a six-speed unit in the top-level LTZ trim. The new power train combination delivers 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway.

While (of course) neither of these numbers beats the hybrids, these are class-leading for both the Malibu and the Cobalt. After a long time of “hanging out” mid-pack with their mileage, Chevrolet finally woke up and delivered class-leading fuel efficiency both core car segments in the market. In light of the just-announced extreme CAFE regulation hike, and the breach of $3.50 per gallon of gasoline barrier, these changes are perfectly timed for the consumer demands.

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Igor

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It's convenient to only mention the specs where a car exceeds. The article fails to mention the automatic version of the Cobalt and how it is anything but class leading. It also fails to mention that the Malibu isn't offered with a manual. I wonder how the mileage would compare among manual transmission competition.

On the Malibu, it looks like those final gear ratios were good for another 2 mpg on the highway. Not bad, the 6-speed will definitely be a selling point.

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The mentioning of whether or not it has a manual or not is irrelevant. It is strictly talking about fuel mileage. I guess Honda can't advertise, "Most fuel efficient maker in America". :D Now lets have Chevy advertise some of that, huh? :D

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It all sounds great except for the "XFE" badge. It's as bad as Lexus' LS-F "Fast."

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That's great news. The Malibu now gets better gas mileage than a Cobalt automatic.

The '09 Sonata also gets 22/32 MPG, btw. And he Civic automatic gets 25/36, tied with the Cobalt XFE (manual).

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The mentioning of whether or not it has a manual or not is irrelevant. It is strictly talking about fuel mileage. I guess Honda can't advertise, "Most fuel efficient maker in America". :D Now lets have Chevy advertise some of that, huh? :D

My point is that they isolate the two instances where that is true, the manual transmission Cobalt and automatic Malibu. It is nothing against GM at all, just this author isn't reporting all pertinent information.

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That's great news. The Malibu now gets better gas mileage than a Cobalt automatic.

The '09 Sonata also gets 22/32 MPG, btw. And he Civic automatic gets 25/36, tied with the Cobalt XFE (manual).

so why haven't they got to the XX.X mileage ratings yet?! gah! 2 sig figs are so 90's let's get to 3 to give the consumer more info! /sarcasm...mostly. hehe

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To commemorate this change, the applicable Cobalts will sport a new XFE badge, which stands for [E]Xtra Fuel Efficient.

:confused0071::lol2:

To commemorate this change, I will sport a new OMGWTFBBQ badge!

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yes, XFE sounds lame, nonetheless, this is a two-pronged attack. the thing GM needs to go is make an affordable "looks" package for this cobalt, offer it as an appearance package on XFE, then include it in commercials with malibu and market them as the alternative fuel efficient class of cars from chevy. or they could just use a modded cobalt in commercials and get around mentioning you can't buy that particular appearance package as factory equipment. either way, this is good news that could use some attention, and marketing a good looking attention getting cobalt next to a nice malibu, would be the way to do it.

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It's convenient to only mention the specs where a car exceeds. The article fails to mention the automatic version of the Cobalt and how it is anything but class leading. It also fails to mention that the Malibu isn't offered with a manual. I wonder how the mileage would compare among manual transmission competition.

On the Malibu, it looks like those final gear ratios were good for another 2 mpg on the highway. Not bad, the 6-speed will definitely be a selling point.

I wrote about that in the piece linked to this piece - the one announcing in more detail the XFE cobalt - it was also a thread here "Suddenly Cobalt Beats its Competition"

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My point is that they isolate the two instances where that is true, the manual transmission Cobalt and automatic Malibu. It is nothing against GM at all, just this author isn't reporting all pertinent information.

Thus is marketing...

And lets face it; the media is pretty much a marketing outlet these days.

(Nothing against AutoSavant)

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yes, XFE sounds lame, nonetheless, this is a two-pronged attack. the thing GM needs to go is make an affordable "looks" package for this cobalt, offer it as an appearance package on XFE, then include it in commercials with malibu and market them as the alternative fuel efficient class of cars from chevy. or they could just use a modded cobalt in commercials and get around mentioning you can't buy that particular appearance package as factory equipment. either way, this is good news that could use some attention, and marketing a good looking attention getting cobalt next to a nice malibu, would be the way to do it.

I agree.

The "Sport" trim is now an appearance package. Why not slap it on the XFE?

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The Cobalt and Malibu are great cars, both seem to really be selling well around here.

Glad to see the six speed and the xfe.

Chris

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It all sounds great except for the "XFE" badge. It's as bad as Lexus' LS-F "Fast."

Right on. A little tawdry. But consider the target demo. :AH-HA_wink:

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MUCH MORE HERE

Igor

So this proves... that the government was right?!? All GM needed was a threat of higher CAFE and they just started making higher MPG cars without trade offs? So this is going to encourage president dumb-ass to yell louder at the automakers to get even better CAFE gains? We'll be up to 45 MPG by the end of the year!

Methinks GM should have made this move before the CAFE brew-ha-ha.

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Does the Cobalt XFE come with the VVT 2.2? I haven't seen GM state if it has VVT or not?

From what I've seen, all the new Cobalts are now coming with the VVT 2.2L.

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From what I've seen, all the new Cobalts are now coming with the VVT 2.2L.

Okay, now I'm really confused. I thought they were all coming with the VVT 2.2 in 2009? In the story, it says "the General made some mid-year changes to the Cobalt with 2.2 liter engine and manual transmission". I took that as a 2008 model getting the changes. The XFE is listed on Chevrolet.com, but it doesn't give a year model. Did they put the VVT 2.2 in limited Cobalts for 2008?

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Okay, now I'm really confused. I thought they were all coming with the VVT 2.2 in 2009? In the story, it says "the General made some mid-year changes to the Cobalt with 2.2 liter engine and manual transmission". I took that as a 2008 model getting the changes. The XFE is listed on Chevrolet.com, but it doesn't give a year model. Did they put the VVT 2.2 in limited Cobalts for 2008?

It looks like the 2.2VVT got pulled forward.

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All GM needed was a threat of higher CAFE and they just started making higher MPG cars without trade offs?

There are always trade-offs. Whether they are evident to the driver or not is yet to be seen.

And remember, this is only on the manual transmission model, which will not by any means make up the majority of sales.

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Get me a six speed auto Malibu LT2, don't need the LTZ...

+1. LT2 w/sunroof and premium audio for me.

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Get me a six speed auto Malibu LT2, don't need the LTZ...

Agreed!

The hideous two-tone interiors on the LTZ absolutely kill that car for me.

Would much rather have the LT2 with ebony interior and the silver-plastic dash trim (in place of the woodgrain.)

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Yeah indeed I like the LT2 with the silver/ebony interior trim much more than the two tone ugly wood. I said I would never get a 4 cylinder but an LT2 with a 6spd. automatic paired to the 2.4L would have pretty good kick right? I think that is what I would get if I needed another FWD midsizer, I would consider a G6 GXP but I like the Malibu better.

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