1984, 1985 Chevrolet Chevette

1984 Chevrolet Chevette five-door hatchback
The Chevette, like this five-door hatchback,
continued to be popular in 1984.

The 1984 Chevrolet Chevette was more of the same. Again. Yet for the first time since 1980, Chevette sales were up -- though certainly not to 1980 levels. The tally at year's end came to just under 244,000 units, better than a 40-percent increase over 1983.

Chevy had held the line on prices, and a Chevette starting at $4,997 in 1984 dollars was beginning to look like a bargain; after all, price of entry to a Ford Escort was more than $5,600 by then.

But there was another reason for this seemingly great comeback. In order to bring GM's 1984 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) ratings closer to mandated levels, the 1984 Chevette was produced well into the fall -- making the production tally for the extra-long model year look more impressive than it actually was.

Of course, this also had the effect of shortchanging the 1985 total. There were again few product changes, but this time the Chevette was not the sole subcompact to carry Chevrolet's bow-tie emblem. Joining it in the small-car battles were two imports from Japan: the Spectrum, built by Isuzu, and the tiny Sprint from Suzuki.

No surprise then that the 1985 sales figure dropped by about half to 123,500. Still, sales of that magnitude were not to be sneezed at, even by Chevrolet, so the Chevette earned the right to return for 1986 to start its second decade.

1985 Chevrolet Chevette five-door hatchback
The 1985 Chevette five-door hatchback
was a step up from the base model.

1984 Chevrolet Chevette Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Chevette

1,999-2,320

$4,997-$6,161

243,900

1985 Chevrolet Chevette Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Chevette

2,085-2,320

$5,340-$6,215

123,499

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