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STORM'S SUMMER OF '93 OFFERS CONSUMERS AFFORDABLE VALUE

 LOS ANGELES, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Geo Storm, which burst on the California scene in 1990 as an immediate success and continued its popularity during four model years despite dramatic shifts in consumer preference, ceases production with intentional joint venture partner Isuzu in 1993 and will not be available in 1994.
 "The next generation Storm arrives in 1995 as a '96 model," said Jim Perkins, Chevrolet's general manager and GM vice president, "and it will come from Suzuki."
 Perkins identified Suzuki and Toyota as "our two best opportunities" for international joint ventures.
 The General Motors-Toyota joint venture at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont, Calif., builds the all-new 1993 Geo-Prizm. The GM-Suzuki joint venture currently builds the Geo Tracker and Geo Metro at CAMI Automotive Inc., in Ingersoll, Ontario, Metro convertible is built in Kosai, Japan.
 "While the next-generation Geo Storm is a while off, the '93 model is a real consumer value," said Mike Valerio, Chevrolet's Los Angeles zone manager. "Driver's side air bag, and the highest EPA mileage ratings of 29 city/35 highway against Toyota Paseo, Mitsubishi Eclipse and Mazda MX-3, standard Scotchgard fabric protector, 24-hour roadside assistance and three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with no deductible -- and a $1,500 incentive through the end of the '93 model year."
 The subcompact Storm, available in sport coupe and GSi models, is a traditional favorite of women first-time buyers, with a $400 first- time buyer incentive or $500 college graduate incentive. MSRP (including destination charge) on sport coupe is $11,880, while the GSi model is $13,845. Coupling the consumer incentive with first- time buyer incentive results in Storm sport coupe for $9,980; GSi at $11,945. The $1,500 consumer incentive and $500 college graduate incentive results in Storm sport coupe for $9,880 and GSi at $11,845.
 For 1993, the standard L6L 4-cylinder engine has been retuned for a lower torque peak. The result is improved launch feel, low-speed driveability and improved low-speed performance with the air conditioning operating.
 New optional alloy wheels give the sport coupe a performance look at a low cost. Standard style features include mini-quad halogen headlamps, flush-mounted tinted glass, and aero-style full wheel covers.
 The GSi sets itself apart with a 140-HP, 16-valve engine, sport suspension, specific 15-inch sport alloy wheels and a wing-type rear spoiler.
 A new, exclusive-to-Geo, Delco AM/FM stereo with integral compact disc player and cassette tape player is optional on all Storm models.
 New exterior colors include magenta and Polynesian green metallic.
 A 5-speed manual transmission is standard equipment on all Storms. An automatic transmission (3-speed on the sport coupe; an electronically-controlled 4-speed on the GSi) is optional.
 Standard features on all models include driver's side air bag, four-wheel independent suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering.
 "Summer's almost here, and the time for an affordable value purchase of a '93 Storm makes a lot of sense for savvy shoppers," said Valerio, "especially those who want sporty performance in a good-looking car with great fuel economy."
 From 1990 through April 30, 1993, calendar year sales of Storm total 218,902.
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 /CONTACT: Suzanne Kane of Chevrolet, 805-373-8440/


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