I was watching Dateline on NBC, and I saw they were doing a segment on small car side impact safety. They showed a clip of the Cobalt in the teaser, and I immediately assumed they were going to skewer the car.
To my pleasant surprise, it was just the opposite. The Cobalt, along with the Corolla were the only small cars that recieved an acceptable side impact rating when equipped with side impact air bags (it, along with all the other small cars did poorly without them). Additionally, the Cobalt recieved a "Best pick" rating because of its overall performance in the tests.
If your worried about the possibility that NBC was throwing the General soft pitches, have no fear - they roasted the Ion and along with Suzuki's offering. Interesting considering they're all on the same platform.
I'm really impressed with Cobalt. It's doing well in all the places that GM offerings usually slip up. It just goes to show that when GM really commits to building a car thats superior, not just sufficient, the "biased" media coverage suddenly disapears. This is not to say that the media is not genrally biased against Domestics, but usually there is a kernal of truth to their criticisms. With the Cobalt there is simply very little for them to pick on, a very good thing indeed. This sort of good (and free) press will get more people into dealers than giving away cars on Oprah.