Hoping to win back customers lost to Japanese automakers, General Motors in 1989 launched Geo, a line of compact cars built with Toyota, Suzuki, and Isuzu. The Geo Metro, perhaps its most iconic vehicle, was a hatchback built by Suzuki; the 1993 XFi version, powered by a 1-liter, three-cylinder engine, promised up to 51 mpg on the highway. Other popular models included the Prizm, a rebadged Toyota Collora, and the Tracker, which began life as the Suzuki Sidekick SUV. In 1997, GM retired the Geo brand, and the remaining models became Chevys.
Did you know? During the economic collapse of 2008, gas prices spiked. For a brief period, used Geo Metros sold for as much as $7,300 (now about $9,220).
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