Chevy Beretta
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Make: Chevy
Model: Beretta
Chevy Beretta

In 1987 the Chevrolet division of General Motors launched the Chevrolet Beretta, which remained in production through 1996. The Beretta was a front wheel drive coupe built in Wilmington, Delaware and Linden, New Jersey ' also the locations where the Chevrolet Corsica and the Canada-only Pontiac Tempest sedan are manufactured. The design for the Beretta occurred in the Chevrolet Exterior Studio 3, which is the same design studio where the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette were born. Three versions of the Beretta were available: a Base/CL, a GT, and a higher-end GTU/Indy/GTZ/Z26. The Beretta even had its moment of fame in the racing circuit as a convertible version was the pace car for the 1990 Indianapolis 500. Many consumers were a little peeved when Chevrolet announced a production version of the Beretta convertible and then the vehicle never reached showrooms. Legal highlight of this model include a lawsuit by Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta claiming trademark infringement over the naming of the Beretta. The suit was of course settled out-of-court in 1989. After the lawsuit was settled, GM donated $500,000 and a Beretta GTU coupe to a Beretta-sponsored charity. It is unlikely though that this hiccup with the name was cause for the steadily declining sales. In fact, sales dropped every year of production as the market turned away from two-door models. For obvious reasons in 1996, Chevrolet ended production of the Beretta and the Corsica. Sadly, no replacement was offered for the Beretta, whereas, the Corsica would be replaced by the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu. As it seems today, the discontinuation was a good thing for the safety of the driver and passengers because the reason given for the discontinuation was that they wouldn't meet the tougher 1997 side impact standards. This also caused GM to drop other models, such as the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

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