1984, 1985 Chevrolet Citation II

1984 Chevrolet Citation II
For 1984, the beleaguered Citation was dubbed "Citation II."

The 1984 Chevrolet Citation II was positioned to rally faltering sales for the Citation line. Despite relatively stable prices and a fairly modern design, Citation sales had been declining of late in the wake of suspect reliability stemming from a steady stream of recalls. In an effort to distance the car from its past, Chevy changed the name to Citation II for 1984.

Whether this fooled some people or sales had simply bottomed out, a few thousand more Citation IIs were sold than Citations of the year before, the total coming to about 97,000. It would turn out to be a short-lived recovery, however, as Chevy's X-car was about to make its final curtain call.

Despite Chevrolet's claim to the contrary, 1985 would prove to be the Citation's last season. Nevertheless, it received some minor changes that year: A restyled instrument panel boasted a horizontally mounted radio to replace the odd vertical design used previously, and the two-door coupe was dropped, leaving just three-door and five-door hatchbacks.

Citation's engines also came in for some revisions. The standard 2.5-liter four added roller lifters to decrease internal friction, though horsepower stayed the same at 92. The optional 2.8-liter V-6 also remained at its previous rating, 112 horsepower, while the H.O. 2.8 traded its carburetor for port fuel injection -- and lost five horsepower in the process, now 130.

Citation prices rose somewhat for 1985, and sales slid to a new low: just 62,722. With that, the Citation -- once the best-selling car in America -- dutifully bowed out. It was a sad end to what was once the figurehead of GM's revolutionary X-car program, arguably one of the most influential in its history.

1985 Chevrolet Citation X-11 Sport Package
The 1985 Citation II X-11 Sport Package
had slightly reduced horsepower.

1984 Chevrolet Citation II Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Citation II
2,454-2,581
$6,445-$7,296
97,205

1985 Chevrolet Citation II Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Citation II
2,499-2,603
$6,940-$7,350
62,722

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