With the arrival later this month of the new-for-’11 Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors Co. bids farewell to the Cobalt, a solid-seller in the volume-compact segment but a car never able to crack the armor of its Japanese competitors. For most of its 5-year life, the Cobalt held roughly 10% of the Upper Small segment, according to Ward’s data. The exception was 2009, when the recession and GM’s bankruptcy combined to limit the Cobalt’s sales to 104,724 units and a modest 6.5% segment share. ...

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