The Chevrolet Citation and the Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Buick models that shared its basic mechanical layout were the first modern front-wheel-drive cars from General Motors.
First-year sales were more than 800,000, good enough for No. 1 among cars sold in the United States. Demand remained strong for 1982, helped along by the lively X-11 models, which improved on the Chevrolet Citation's already respectable handling prowess.
By 1983, however, the Citation's growing list of recalls, a list highlighted by reports of faulty rear brakes, had begun to take its toll. Sales shriveled.
For 1984, Chevy tried to evoke a fresh start by renaming the line the Citation II. That had little effect, and the Chevrolet Citation folded camp after the 1985 model year, taking with it a reputation as a black eye for GM engineering rather than as the landmark car it actually was.
The 1984 Chevrolet Citation II struggled to win sales.
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