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Chevrolet Corsica

1989 Chevrolet Corsica

1989 Chevrolet Corsica standard model
The 1989 Corsica sedan carried on with few changes
from the previous model year.

New for the 1989 Chevrolet Corsica was a five-door hatchback body style to join the existing four-door notchback sedan. The former came with a folding rear seatback that could expand the cargo area to a roomy 39 cubic feet, over 25 more than was available in the sedan.

Marked only by a slightly thicker rear roof pillar and "fastback" rear window, one had to look twice to differentiate the hatchback from the normal sedan. Such was not the case when it came to sales, however.

Though the new hatchback was introduced a few months after the 1989 sedan debuted, the latter outsold it by a phenomenal margin -- nearly eight to one. Price had something to do with it; at $10,375, the five-door cost nearly $400 more than a four-door.

Furthermore, Chevy introduced the new body style just as demand for hatchbacks was waning, their obvious advantages in utility being hurt by an "econocar" image.

Also new to the Corsica line was a ritzier LTZ notchback. Carrying equipment similar to its two-door Beretta GT stablemate, the LTZ came with sport suspension, 15-inch alloy wheels, a split/folding rear seat, gauge package with tachometer, and sportier interior appointments.

It also carried the 130-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 as standard, which was optional on other models in place of a 90-horsepower 2.0-liter four.

The top-of-the-line 1989 Corsica LTZ included a 130-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 as standard.
The top-of-the-line 1989 Corsica LTZ included a
130-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 as standard.

1989 Chevrolet Corsica Facts

Model Weight range (lbs.) Price range (new) Number built
Corsica 2,595-2,690 $9,985-$12,825 231,157

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