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Thirty-six — Not bad eh?

There are 36 inches in a yard. 36 is the atomic number of Krypton. There are 36 barleycorns in an English foot. In the year 36 AD Emperor Kuang Wu Ti of China defeated the last of the warlords and reunited the country. In a perfect five star triangle, the angle of each tip measures 36 degrees. The probability of throwing double six on two dice is one in 36. William Shakespeare wrote 36 plays. And for those of you familiar with the Pittsburg Steelers: For many years, if you saw the number 36 it meant that The Bus was coming. Of course remember that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36.

What’s all the hubbub about 36 ? Well Chevrolet recently announced that they have achieved an impovement on the fuel ecomony of the 2008 Chevy Cobalt. Now any LS or LT Cobalt that’s ordered with a manual transmission will average 36 mpg on the highway. This is a 3 mpg improvement over the previous rating and it gives the Cobalt the honor of best in class for a manual transmission.
What gives you ask? How is the Cobalt now getting better gas mileage over the ones sold previously in the year? GM recognized the fact that customers are needing to get more out of their gas dollars so their engineers took the same engine and recalibrated it. They also changed out the tires to ones that create less friction with the road and they rest of the changes they are keeping under wraps for now because they don’t want that info to get out to their competition.
All Cobalts that achieve 36 mpg on the highway will be marked with an XFE badge — with XFE of course standing for X-tra Fuel Economy.


And how does the competition stack up now?


’08 Cobalt LS and LT – 36 highway mpg
’08 Honda Civic – 34 mpg
’08 Ford Focus – 35 mpg
’08 Toyota Corolla – 35 mpg
’08 Mini Cooper S – 34 mpg
’08 Mazda 3 – 32 mpg
’08 Dodge Caliber – 29 mpg
’08 Honda Fit – 34 mpg
’08 Toyota Matrix – 33 mpg
’08 Nissan Sentra – 33 mpg
’08 Nissan Versa 33 mpg

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