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The Chevrolet Cavalier is one of the longest continually produced vehicles in GM’s history, soldering on for 23 model years on the same platform with only one significant re-engineering. For much of its life, it was also one of the best selling cars in the U.S. although toward the end an ever-increasing percentage went to rental fleets. The Cavalier’s J-body was also the first to be used.

The Chevrolet Cavalier is one of the longest continually produced vehicles in GM’s history, soldering on for 23 model years on the same platform with only one significant re-engineering. For much of its life, it was also one of the best selling cars in the U.S. although toward the end an ever-increasing percentage went to rental fleets. The Cavalier’s J-body was also the first to be used by all five of GM’s car divisions, and was also sold as the Pontiac J2000 (later renamed the Sunbird), Oldsmobile Firenza, Cadillac Cimarron, and Buick Skylark.

The Cavalier and its J-body counterparts didn’t offer the refinement of their Japanese counterparts, but outsold them anyhow, at least for a while. The 1982 J-body cars were intended as a front-wheel drive replacement for the various cars that shared the Chevy Monza’s platform. The J-bodies were initially available as a sedan, coupe, wagon or hatchback powered by one of two four-cylinder engines, neither of which were particularly powerful or refined. Later, a 2.8-liter V-6 option was introduced (it grew to 3.1 liters in 1992), making the J-bodies one of the few budget-priced compacts available with a V-6. It was also available in convertible form starting in 1983.

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The Chevy Cavalier was far and away the sales leader. Although it never won critical acclaim, its combination of low price and plentiful features helped it find plenty of buyers. Chevrolet also marketed the Cavalier heavily to fleets, which always accounted for a good-sized chunk of sales. To broaden the Cavalier’s appeal, a sporty Z24 model was introduced in on the hatchback and, later, the coupe, letting the Cavalier compete against the Volkswagen GTI, Honda Civic Si and Toyota Corolla FX16. The Cavalier was also one of the first subcompacts to get anti-lock brakes standard, in 1992. However, that failed to help the Cavalier’s dismal crash test ratings, which were never particularly good.

The other J-body cars had more checkered histories. The Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skylark and Cadillac Cimarron were all cancelled after the 1988 model year after meeting with varying levels of success. However, the Pontiac Sunbird lived as long as the Chevy Cavalier, including a redesign in 1995 that gave it dramatic and controversial new styling and a new name, the Sunfire.

The Cavalier and Sunbird received numerous facelifts during its lifetime, but there are only two distinct generations, the first ranging 13 years from 1982 through 1994, and the second from then until the cars’ demise in 2005. Even that second generation borrowed heavily from the first, making the all new 1995 Chevy Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire feel old almost immediately, despite the heavily reworked styling and interior.

For the second generation the V-6 engine was dropped in favor of four-cylinders, yet despite GM’s efforts, the Cavalier and Sunfire were still woefully behind the times, and not much of a match for more modern compacts from Honda, Toyota, Nissan and others. A styling refresh in 2003 altered the nose and tail of both cars slightly, and also introduced GM’s new Ecotec engine family. Thanks to fleet sales and heavy discounting, the Cavalier remained a strong seller in spite of its shortcomings until the Chevy Cobalt replaced it in 2005. The Sunfire never sold as well as its Cavalier cousin, and was ultimately killed when the Cobalt was introduced. However, Pontiac got its own mildly restyled version of the Cobalt, called the G5, for 2007.

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