The Chevrolet Alero is a mid-size sedan manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors Company, from 1999 to 2001 in select countries of Europe and Israel.
History of the Chevrolet Alero
The Alero Alpha concept vehicle, a V6-powered sport coupe, debuted in 1997 and previewed the Alero's eventual design. The concept car shared many similarities with the production Alero but also showcased features never intended for mass production. Its design harkened back to the '60s and '70s trend of "coke bottle style." Only available as a four-door sedan, the Alero was marketed under the Chevrolet brand name in a few European and Israeli markets between 1999 and 2001. For the 2000 model year, the carmaker applied Chevrolet badges to the grille and back fascia to make up for the fact that most European customers wouldn't recognize the Oldsmobile badging despite the car being sold under the Chevrolet name. The Alero was badged with Chevrolet logos throughout its entire production period in Israel. GM Daewoo-sourced Chevrolet Evanda/Epica succeeded the Alero in Europe, Israel, and Canada.
Chevrolet retailed the Chevrolet Alero with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $17,210 for the base model and could go up to $22,190 for the top-spec variant. In 2022, that price range would be from $28,780 to $37,109.
Features of the Chevrolet Alero
Although the front remained primarily unchanged from the thin, tear-shaped headlamps and corner-mounted turn signals, Chevy drastically altered the sides. Its swooping, ever-rising waistline was inspired by biodesign, a passing fad. This didn't stop General Motors from trying, though. Oval taillights were placed on both the rear quarter panels and the trunk lid. There was not a single panel with a straight line on it. Everything was instead crooked, curled, or wavering.
The instrument cluster, which stretched over the center stack, indicated the interior design's conservative nature. The dahs featured four distinct vents for circulating air. The automatic transmission's tilting knob was the lone clever feature. Despite its attractive exterior and forward-thinking features, the vehicle's door mirrors are manually adjustable; a powered version is available at extra cost.
Chevrolet Alero is a Chevy version of the Oldsmobile Alero that was marketed from 1999 to 2001 in some European countries and Israel.