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Buick Skyhawk (1982–9)

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Buick Skyhawk (J-car). 1982–9 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan, 5-door wagon, 2- and 3-door coupé. F/F, 1835, 1999 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1796 cm³ (I4 OHC). Buick version of J-body “world car”. OHV engines built locally, but OHC engine imported from Brazil and shared with that country’s Chevrolet Monza (1982–96). Turbo OHC on T-Type model from 1983 to 1986. Two-litre only from 1987. No convertible. Sedan and two-door coupé in 1982, wagon from 1983, hatch from 1986. Coupés dropped for 1987 as Buick refocused on selling premium automobiles. Plusher than Chevrolet Cavalier (1982–94), always with a more sporting grille, beginning with a droop-snoot style akin to 1970s’ Vauxhalls, and ending the run with pop-up headlights (from 1986). Never a match for Japanese rivals though better regarded than fragile Cavalier.

Manufacturing locations: Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Janesville, Wisconsin, USA

Marque: Buick | Model: Buick Skyhawk | Predecessor: Buick Skyhawk (1975–80)

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