Coupes have been a long-standing component to Oldsmobile. First sold in 1966, the Oldsmobile Toronado is one of the most notable coupes constructed by the upscale brand was the first American branded post-World War Two production car to be built with front-wheel drive. In later production years, Oldsmobile coupes mainly catered to the entry-level market. Two-door versions of the Achieva and later the Alero has been based on a compact car frame. Both Oldsmobile coupes offered power from four-cylinder as well as V-6 engines. Production of the Alero coupe concluded in 2004 shortly ahead of the complete discontinuation of the Oldsmobile brand.
Coming in either a two-door or four-door variety, the brand new entry-level 1999 Oldsmobile Alero standard traction control and four-wheel disc brakes provides some impressive handling credentials to a compact car category.