The Rapidly Growing Sport Compact Industry

Sport compacts, where they have been and where they are going

The sport compact industry has been around for some time now, starting back with cars like the Toyota Celica and the Acura Integra. Most of us never really noticed it or at least realized how big it was going to become.

Before not to long ago if you wanted to build a hot rod the question was are you a Chevy man, a Ford guy or a Mopar lover. But in this day and age, with gas prices at an all time high and unsurpassed technology, you have to ask yourself, “Import or domestic?” And today all the big manufacturers have at least one good choice for a performance build. A lot of those choices being compact cars!

Don’t get me wrong there are still muscle cars available on the market, it seems now more then ever. With Chevy introducing the 2010 Camaro and Dodge with the all new Challenger, the muscle car industry is alive and kicking. Some of us are cubic inch fans, where all we care about is how much motor we can fit under the hood.

But at the same time with the Chevy Cobalt SS with the supercharged Ecotec which can easily be modified in to a 500hp race engine or the Dodge Neon SRT-4 we definitely have the choice. Unlike before if you wanted to build a sport compact your choices where very limited. It was pretty much an Acura Integra, Honda Civic or a Nissan 240sx. This is all because of the noise the sport compact industry has made, and the attention it has received from it.

With the sport compact industry growing the amount it has over the last 5 to 6 years it’s obvious why the domestic car companies have jumped in on the action. Which brings us a new challenge, finding the performance parts we are looking for to build the sport compact of our choice. For example when trying to buy a header for a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, it was impossible to just walk in to my local hot rod store or car parts store and find it on the shelf. Ordering online was pretty much the only option. Of course every city is different and we can be sure there are stores out there to find the part you’re looking for. Also I’ve personally noticed import performance parts are a little easier to find.

So as you can imagine the webstores that sell sport compact performance parts are popping up constantly. But a good mechanic isn’t always the best website designer! So when you find a well designed store that’s easy to navigate and consumer friendly with great customer service, it’s something to take note of.

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