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Current compact car sizes, defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and global models individually, is roughly 161 in and 175 in long for hatchbacks, and 173 in 187 in for convertibles, cars or station wagons. Multi-purpose vehicles and sport utility vehicles based upon small family autos (typically called compact MPVs and compact SUVs) have comparable sizes, going from 165 in to 177 in in the U.S., and from 173 in to 185 in on global based models.

A compact auto is a to a great extent North American term signifying a car smaller than a mid-size auto, however larger than a subcompact auto.

Compact autos typically have wheelbases between 100 inches and 109 inches. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) characterizes a "compact" auto as measuring between 100 cubic feet and 109 cubic feet of combined passenger and cargo volume. Vehicle class size is characterized in the U.S. by environmental laws. Classes of similar automobiles. Passenger auto classes are characterized based upon interior volume or seating capacity, except vehicles classified as a special vehicles, for example, those with just two assigned seating positions.

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Chevrolet Corvair (1960-1969)

1960 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Coupe
1960 Chevrolet Corvair 700 Coupe
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Station Wagon
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Station Wagon
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1964 Chevrolet Corvair
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa
1968 Chevrolet Corvair Cabrio
1968 Chevrolet Corvair Cabrio
1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
The compact Chevrolet Corvair was produced and sold during model years 1960–1969 over two generations. It is the only mass produced American-designed passenger car to utilize an air-cooled, rear engine, the Corvair array included a two-door coupe, convertible, four-door sedan, four-door station wagon, passenger van, commercial van, and pickup truck variations. The Corvair was designed to compete with imported autos, like the first Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Falcon, Plymouth Valiant, Rambler American and Studebaker Lark.

Chevy II / Nova generation 1 (1961-1965)

1961 Chevrolet Chevy II
1961 Chevrolet Chevy II
1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Convertible
1962 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova Convertible
1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova
1963 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova
1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS
1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS
1965 Chevrolet Chevy II
1965 Chevrolet Chevy II
The Chevrolet Chevy II/Nova was manufactured over five generations from model years 1962 through 1979, and 1985 through 1988. Nova was the top nameplate in the Chevy II lineup through 1968 when Chevy II badge was dropped and Nova became into the nameplate for the 1969 through 1979 models. Based on the X-body platform, the Nova was supplanted by the 1980 Chevrolet Citation in 1979. The Nova badge returned in 1985, delivered through 1988 as a New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc ( NUMMI) built, subcompact based upon the front wheel drive, Toyota Sprinter.

Chevy II / Nova generation 2 (1966-1967)

1966 Chevrolet Chevy II SS
1966 Chevrolet Chevy II SS
1967 Chevrolet Chevy II SS
1967 Chevrolet Chevy II SS
1966 Chevy IIs introduced an extensive sharp-edged restyle based in part on the Super Nova concept car. In general, proportions were squared up but dimensions and features changed little. Highlights included a bold grille and semi-fastback roofline. "Humped" fenders in an angular rear end were reminiscent of larger 1966 Chevrolets, though the 1966 Chevy II and Nova had vertical taillights and single headlights. The lineup again started with Chevy II 100 and Chevy II Nova 400 models.

Chevy II / Nova generation 3 (1968-1974)

1968 Chevrolet Nova
1968 Chevrolet Nova
1969 Chevrolet Nova SS
1969 Chevrolet Nova SS
1970 Chevrolet Nova SS
1970 Chevrolet Nova SS
1973 Chevrolet Nova
1973 Chevrolet Nova
1974 Chevrolet Nova
1974 Chevrolet Nova
The 1968 models were fully redesigned with an extensive restyle on a longer 111-inch wheelbase that gave Chevy's compacts a chassis that was just one inch shorter than that of the midsize Chevelle coupe. The station wagon and hardtop sport coupe were discontinued, the former in line with an industry trend which left AMC the only American maker of compact station wagons until Chrysler rejoined the market in 1976 (the 1966–70 Ford Falcon wagon was actually a midsize, using a bodyshell identical to the Fairlane wagon's). For 1969 the Chevy II nameplate was retired, leaving the Nova nameplate. The "Chevy II by Chevrolet" trunklid badge was replaced with "Nova by Chevrolet" and the "Chevy II" badge above the grille was replaced with the bowtie emblem and the ’69 model was promoted under the Nova model name in Chevrolet sales literature 

Chevy II / Nova generation 4 (1975-1979)

1975 Chevrolet Nova LN Sedan
1975 Chevrolet Nova LN Sedan
1976 Chevrolet Nova
1976 Chevrolet Nova
1977 Chevrolet Nova
1977 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Chevrolet Nova
1979 Chevrolet Nova Cabrolet
1979 Chevrolet Nova Cabrolet
The 1975 Chevrolet Nova was the most-changed Chevy car for that model year. "Now it's beautiful," said the brochure of Nova's all-new sheet metal, "refined along the lines of elegant European sedans." Chevrolet wisely maintained a visual kinship with the 1968–1974 design, and also retained Nova's efficiently sized 111-inch wheelbase. Front tread grew by an inch and a half, and the front stabilizer bar had a larger diameter. Novas now had standard front disc brakes and steel-belted radial tires.

Chevy II / Nova generation 5 (1985-1988)

1985 Chevrolet Nova
1985 Chevrolet Nova
1986 Chevrolet Nova
1986 Chevrolet Nova
1987 Chevrolet Nova
1987 Chevrolet Nova
1988 Chevrolet Nova
1988 Chevrolet Nova
The Chevrolet Nova nameplate returned in spring 1984 as a front-wheel drive subcompact vehicle for the 1985 to 1988 model years. It was assembled in Fremont, California by NUMMI, a joint venture between General Motors in the U.S. and Toyota of Japan, resulting in various Corolla-based cars sold under General Motors brands, also referred to as the S-car within GM. It resurrected a name last used on the compact-sized rear-wheel drive 1979 Chevrolet Nova. The new Nova was a rebadged and mildly restyled Japanese market Toyota Sprinter, a model sold in Japan as a badge engineered version of the Toyota Corolla.

Chevrolet Vega (1971–1977)

1971 Chevrolet Vega
1971 Chevrolet Vega
1972 Chevrolet Vega Kammback
1972 Chevrolet Vega Kammback
1975 Chevrolet Vega
1975 Chevrolet Vega
1976 Chevrolet Vega
1976 Chevrolet Vega
1977 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
1977 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
The subcompact Chevrolet Vega was sold from 1970 to 1977. Manufactured in two-door hatchback, notchback, wagon, and board conveyance body styles, all models featured an inline four-cylinder engine made of lightweight, aluminum alloy cylinder block. Variations incorporated the Cosworth Vega, a brief limited production, performance version presented in March 1975.

The Vega got acclaim and honors at its presentation, including 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year award. Subsequently the auto turned out to be generally known for a scope of issues related to its engineering, reliability, safety, affinity to rust, and engine durability. Although there were a series recalls and configuration upgrades, the Vega's issues tarnished both its own along with General Motors' reputation. 1977 was the final model year.

Chevrolet Monza (1974-1980) H-Body

1974 Monza Spyder
1974 Chevrolet Monza Spyder
1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage
1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage
1978 Chevrolet Monza
1978 Chevrolet Monza
1979 Chevrolet Monza Spyder
1979 Chevrolet Monza Spyder
1980 Chevrolet Monza Towne Coupe
1980 Chevrolet Monza Towne Coupe
The Chevrolet Monza is a subcompact, four-passenger automobile produced by Chevrolet for the 1975–1981 model years. The Monza is based on the Chevrolet Vega, sharing its wheelbase, width and 140-CID (2,300 cc) inline-four engine. The 1975 Monza 2+2 was designed to accommodate the GM-Wankel rotary engine, but due to mediocre fuel-economy and emissions-compliance issues the engine was cancelled, and a fuel-efficient, 4.3-liter & 5.7-liter V8 engine option was substituted. The name was also used for the Latin-American version of the Opel Ascona C.

Chevrolet Chevette (1976-1987)

The Chevrolet Chevette is a front-engine, rear-drive subcompact manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet for model years 1976-1987 as a three-door or five-door hatchback. Introduced in September 1975, the Chevette superseded the Vega as Chevrolet's entry-level subcompact, and sold 2.8 million units over 12 years. The Chevette was the best-selling small car in the U.S. for model years 1979 and 1980. The Chevette employed General Motors' global T platform. Worldwide, GM manufactured and marketed more than 7 million T-cars — rebadged variants using the T platform — including the Pontiac Acadian in Canada, Pontiac T1000/1000 in the United States (1981-1987), K-180 in Argentina, Vauxhall Chevette, Opel Kadett, Isuzu Gemini, Holden Gemini, and as a coupe utility (pickup), the Chevy 500. A T-car variant remained in production in South America through 1998.

Chevrolet Citation (1980-1985)

1980 Citation X 11 Club Coupe
1980 Chevrolet Citation X 11 Club Coupe
1980 Chevrolet Citation X 11 Club Coupe
1980 Chevrolet Citation X 11 Club Coupe
1981 Chevrolet Citation Sedan
1981 Chevrolet Citation Sedan
1982 Chevrolet Citation Sedan
1982 Chevrolet Citation Sedan
1985 Chevrolet Citation Coupe
1985 Chevrolet Citation Coupe
The Chevrolet Citation is a range of compact cars that was produced by Chevrolet for a single generation, from the 1980 to 1985 model years. Developed as the replacement for the Chevrolet Nova, the Citation replaced the Nova and was the first Chevrolet sold with front-wheel drive. Chevrolet offered three body styles: a three- and five-door hatchback, alongside a two-door notchback coupe.

The introduction of the Chevrolet Citation marked the drastic downsizing of GM's 2nd generation X-platform, almost reducing its exterior footprint to dimensions of the '71–'80 H-platform subcompacts. While the Citation replaced the long-running Chevrolet Nova, it shared the X-platform with the Pontiac Phoenix – sharing the hatchback bodies of the Citation – as well as the Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Omega, which were given their own sedan bodywork. The Citation notchback coupé body was unique to Chevrolet.

In an extended initial model year, Chevrolet sold over 800,000 units of the 1980 Citation, making it both one of the most successful product launches in General Motors history, but also the best-selling car in the United States in 1980 overall.

Chevrolet Cavalier (1981-2005)

1981 Chevrolet Cavalier Wagon
1981 Chevrolet Cavalier Wagon
2000 Chevrolet Cavalier
2000 Chevrolet Cavalier
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
The Chevrolet Cavalier is a line of small cars produced for the model years 1982 through 2005 by Chevrolet. As a rebadged variant of General Motors' J-cars, the Cavalier was manufactured alongside the Cadillac Cimarron, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Firenza, and Pontiac J2000/2000/Sunbird at GM's South Gate Assembly and Janesville Assembly plants, achieving its highest sales in 1984.

Chevrolet Corsica (1987-1996)

1987 Chevrolet Corsica
1987 Chevrolet Corsica
1990 Chevrolet Corsica
1990 Chevrolet Corsica
1994 Chevrolet Corsica
1994 Chevrolet Corsica
1995 Chevrolet Corsica
1995 Chevrolet Corsica
1996 Chevrolet Corsica
1996 Chevrolet Corsica
The Chevrolet Corsica (named after Corsica, France) is a front-wheel drive compact car that was produced by Chevrolet from 1987 to 1996. The Corsica was built upon the L-body platform. It shared the L-body with the 2-door Beretta, and the rebadged revival of the Pontiac Tempest which was essentially the same car, but was only sold in Canada. The Corsica came in two styles and four trims. Sold initially only as a 4-door sedan, it was also available as a 5-door hatchback from model years 1989 to 1991 (replacing the Chevrolet Cavalier hatchback, which was sold only as a 3-door). Corsicas were built alongside the Beretta by both the Wilmington Assembly in Delaware and Linden Assembly in New Jersey.

Chevrolet Beretta (1987-1996)

1988 Chevrolet Beretta
1988 Chevrolet Beretta
1990 Chevrolet Beretta
1990 Chevrolet Beretta
1994 Chevrolet Beretta
1994 Chevrolet Beretta
1995 Chevrolet Beretta
1995 Chevrolet Beretta
1996 Chevrolet Beretta
1996 Chevrolet Beretta
The Chevrolet Beretta is a front-wheel-drive two-door coupé produced by Chevrolet from 1987 to 1996. The Beretta was designed in the same design studio as the Camaro and the Corvette, Chevrolet Exterior Studio 3, and was built at the Wilmington, Delaware and Linden, New Jersey assembly plants with other GM L platform models, the Chevrolet Corsica which came shortly before the Beretta, and the Canada-only Pontiac Tempest four-door sedans. The Beretta was produced in base, CL, GT, GTU, Indy, GTZ and Z26 models. A convertible was the pace car for the 1990 Indianapolis 500, and GM initially announced a production convertible replica, but a coupe version was offered instead.

Chevrolet Aveo (2002-present)

2002 Chevrolet Aveo
2002 Chevrolet Aveo
The Chevrolet Aveo is a subcompact car manufactured since 2002 (by Daewoo from 2002-11), marketed worldwide in 120 countries under seven brands (Chevrolet, Daewoo, Holden, Pontiac G3, Ravon, and Suzuki). The second generation Aveo began with model year 2012 and was marketed as the Sonic.

Chevrolet Sonic (2012-present)

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
2015 Chevrolet Sonic
2015 Chevrolet Sonic
2017 Chevrolet Sonic
2017 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2019 Chevrolet Sonic
2019 Chevrolet Sonic
The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car manufactured since 2002 (by Daewoo from 2002-11), marketed worldwide in 120 countries under seven brands (Chevrolet, Daewoo Kalos, Holden Barina, Pontiac G3, Ravon, and Suzuki Swift). The second generation Aveo began with model year 2012 and was marketed as the Sonic.

Chevrolet Cobalt (2005-present)

2005 Chevrolet Cobalt LS
2005 Chevrolet Cobalt LS
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS
2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LS
2011 Chevrolet Cobalt
2011 Chevrolet Cobalt
2017 Chevrolet Cobalt
2017 Chevrolet Cobalt
2019 Chevrolet Cobalt
2019 Chevrolet Cobalt
The Chevrolet Cobalt is a compact car initially introduced by Chevrolet in 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Cobalt replaced both the Cavalier and the Toyota-based Geo Prizm/Chevrolet Prizm as Chevrolet's compact car. The Cobalt was available as both a coupe and sedan, and was based on the GM Delta platform also shared with the Chevrolet HHR and the Saturn ION. Also available was a high performance, Chevrolet Cobalt SS.

Chevrolet Cruze (2008-present)

2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
2019 Chevrolet Cruze
2019 Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car that has been made by the Chevrolet division of General Motors since 2008. The nameplate has been used previously in Japan, for a version of a subcompact hatchback car produced under a joint venture with Suzuki from 2001 to 2007, and was based on the Suzuki Ignis.

Chevrolet Spark (2011-present)

2011 Chevrolet Spark
2011 Chevrolet Spark
2019 Chevrolet Spark
2019 Chevrolet Spark
The Chevrolet Spark is a city car produced by GM Korea, originally marketed prominently as the Daewoo Matiz. It has been available solely as a five-door hatchback. The first generation of Daewoo Matiz was launched in 1998 by General Motors' South Korean division GM Korea, previously known as Daewoo Motors, replacing the Daewoo Tico. After the General Motors company took control over Daewoo Motors in 2002, it has increasingly been marketed under the Chevrolet badge. The second generation model was introduced in 2005, with the third generation launched in 2010.

Chevrolet Geo
Geo was a marque of small cars and SUVs marketed by General Motors as a subdivision of its Chevrolet division from 1989 to 1997. Its original slogan was "Get to know Geo." Formed by GM to compete with the growing small import market of the mid 1980s, the line continued through the 1997 model year, after which the remaining models were marketed under the Chevrolet name. In the 1990s consumer interest in the economy compact market faded, and the last vehicle of the former Geo line, the Tracker, was discontinued in 2016. In Canada, another import marque, Asüna, was introduced in 1992 to provide Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealers access to a similar range of import vehicles.

Geo Metro (1989-2001)

1989 Geo Metro
1989 Geo Metro
The Geo Metro is a small economy car that was based on the Suzuki Swift (Cultus). It was produced from 1989 to 2001 model years. The first generation was offered in three and five-door hatchback models as well as a 4-door notchback sedan that was only sold in Canada. In 1990, a convertible was available but was phased out after 1993. Metros came in three trim levels: XFi, Base or LSi.

Geo Prizm (1989-1991)

1989 Geo Prizm
1989 Geo Prizm
The Prizm is a compact four-door sedan that was based on the Toyota E90 and E100 platform Toyota Sprinter. It was the successor to the Chevrolet Nova. A five-door hatchback model was also offered through 1991. While the Prizm consistently won awards from the auto industry (including a Consumer's Digest Best Buy selection), it was always outsold by the platform twin Toyota Corolla. Additionally, the Prizm was positioned within Chevrolet's model lineup against Chevy's own Cavalier for market share and dealer floor space.

Geo Spectrum (1989)

1989 Geo Spectrum
1989 Geo Spectrum
The Spectrum was a short-lived subcompact model based on the Isuzu I-Mark and one size up from the Metro. The Spectrum was sold as a regular Chevrolet model from 1985 to 1988. The 1985-1986 models shared several subtle differences to their 1987-1989 counterparts and were still fully branded as Chevrolets for the first year of production in 1989. However, with the launch of the Geo marque in 1989, the Spectrum was rebranded as a Geo. Although the grille stayed the same (including the Chevrolet "bowtie" emblem without Geo "globe") the rear "Chevrolet" emblem was replaced with a "Geo" emblem. The Geo Spectrum was only sold in 1989 and was replaced by the Isuzu-produced Geo Storm hatchback.

Geo Storm (1990-1993)

1990 Geo Storm
1990 Geo Storm
The Storm was a sports car based on the Isuzu Impulse, available as a three-door fastback "Sport Coupe" and a two-door "Hatchback", the latter styled as a mini station wagon in profile, often referred to as the "Wagonback" in some markets. The Storm entered Geo's lineup in 1990 as a base model or in GSi trim, replacing the related Geo Spectrum. The base model came with a choice of either a 3-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. The Storm line entered Canada in 1992, and the Hatchback (wagon) was offered only in base model trim.

Chevrolet Electric

Chevrolet Volt (2011-present) (PHEV)

2011 Chevrolet Volt
2011 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
2016 Chevrolet Volt
Sales of the 2011 Volt began in the United States in mid-December 2010, followed by various European countries and other international markets in 2011. Global combined Volt/Ampera-family sales totaled about 177,000 units by the end of October 2018. The U.S. is the leading market, with 148,556 Volts delivered through October 2018, followed by Canada with 16,653 Volts sold through September 2018. Just over 10,000 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera cars had been sold in Europe as of June 2016, with the Netherlands leading the European region. As of September 2018, the Volt/Ampera family of vehicles is the world's all-time best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the Volt is also the U.S. all-time top-selling plug-in electric car.

The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold from full charge. From there, its internal combustion engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle's range as needed. When the engine is running it may be periodically mechanically linked (by a clutch) to a planetary gear set, and hence the output drive axle, to improve energy efficiency. The Volt's regenerative braking also contributes to the on-board electricity generation. Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle, the 2013/15 model year Volt all-electric range is 38 miles, with a combined electric mode/gasoline-only rating of 62 mpg‑US.

The second-generation Volt's improved battery system and drivetrain increased the all-electric range to 53 miles (85 km), its EPA-rated fuel economy in charge-sustaining mode to 42 mpg‑US (5.6 L/100 km; 50 mpg‑imp), and the combined city/highway fuel economy in all-electric mode to 106 MPG-e, up from 98 MPG-e. Deliveries to retail customers in the U.S. and Canada began in October 2015 as a 2016 model year.

Chevrolet Bolt (2018-present) (BEV)

2019 Chevrolet Bolt
2019 Chevrolet Bolt
The Chevrolet Bolt or Chevrolet Bolt EV is a front-motor, five-door all-electric subcompact hatchback marketed by Chevrolet; developed and manufactured in partnership with LG Corporation. A rebadged European variant is sold as the Opel Ampera-e in mainland Europe. The Bolt has an EPA all-electric range of 238 mi (383 km), and EPA fuel economy rating of 119 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (mpg-e) (2.0 L/100 km) for combined city/highway driving. The European Ampera-e, has a certified range of 320 mi (520 km) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and 240 mi (380 km) under the more strict Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures (WLTP).

Chevrolet Trax (2013-present)

2019 Chevrolet Trax
2019 Chevrolet Trax
The Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured by Chevrolet since 2013. The car is based on the GM Gamma II platform, which is shared with the Chevrolet Aveo / Sonic, as well as the Opel Mokka / Buick Encore.

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