Oldsmobile Alero
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Make: Oldsmobile
Model: Alero
Oldsmobile Alero

The design of the Alero was first previewed in 1997 with the Alero Alpha concept car, which was a futuristic V6-powered sport coupe that featured many design elements that were later seen in the production Alero. It did also include some that were never meant for production. The Alero was offered as either as a 4-door sedan or as a 2-door coupe and it shared its chassis and many parts, including the engines, with the Pontiac Grand Am. This was very much a result of the platform being the GM N platform. The production model Oldsmobile Alero was introduced in the spring of 1998 as a 1999 model to replace the aging Achieva and Cutlass. It was without delay seen as a fashionable and customizable vehicle. Formal production began on April 6, 1998 in Lansing, Michigan where all the Aleros were built. The Alero is special in that it was Oldsmobile's last compact car as well as the last vehicle sold under the brand marquee. Production came to a sad end on April 29, 2004. Before that though, in 2003, the Alero's daytime running lights were changed from high beam to low beam which is only logical. Why would someone want high beams on during the day? Anyhow, the Alero was sold in select European countries badged as the Chevrolet Alero and only as a sedan. Oddly, the car still featured its Oldsmobile badges even though it was sold under the Chevrolet brand. This was only allowed to occur since most European consumers would not recognize that the badge stood for Oldsmobile. However, Chevrolet badges were indeed added to the grille and rear end during the 2000 model year. At least the model went out with a bang with a special Final 500 Edition. These last 500 Aleros featured custom graphics that were inspired by vintage Oldsmobile logos. The best part is that the final Alero Final 500 Edition was signed under its hood by the employees of the General Motors Lansing plant and then given to the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. What a cool way to go down.

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