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Neither a Buick nor an [[Opel]] (though designed by Opel as part of GM’s T-car programme), but the import name for the [[Isuzu Gemini (1976–9)]] in the US for the 1977 through to the 1979 model years. In 1976, this car had been the Opel Isuzu; by 1977, it was either the Buick/Opel or the Buick Opel, depending on which brochure and which ad you were looking at. The cars themselves tended to have the virgule. Four-door sedan and two-door coupé, as in Japan, but only the 1·8-litre engine offered. Generally a well built compact car, complementing the [[Chevrolet Chevette]] in GM’s US line-up, but suffered from an identity crisis. By GM’s own admission, inferior to the [[Toyota Corolla 30]]. Minor facelift for 1978 with rectangular headlamps.
  
'''Buick/Opel (T-car). 1977–9 (prod. unknown). 4-door sedan, 2-door coupé. F/R, 1817 cm³ (4 cyl. OHC).''' Buick had been selling [[Opel]]s from the German arm of General Motors for years and many Americans knew them as ''Buick Opel''s. However, they tended to have a model identifier (e.g. ''Manta, GT, 1900'') after that. In 1976, this car had been the ''Opel Isuzu''. But by 1977, it bore the simple name of ''Buick/Opel'' or ''Buick Opel'', depending on which brochure and which ad you were looking at. The cars themselves tended to have the virgule. The irony of all this was that the Buick/Opel was neither American nor German: it was a rebadged [[Isuzu Gemini]] made in Japan, albeit designed by Opel of Germany. Generally a well built compact car, complementing the [[Chevrolet Chevette]] in GM’s US line-up, but suffered from an identity crisis. By GM’s own admission, inferior to the [[Toyota Corolla 30]]. Minor facelift for 1978 with rectangular headlamps.
 
  
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*[[Isuzu Gemini (1976–9)]]
  
''Manufacturing location:'' Fujisawa (?), Japan
 
  
''Marque:'' [[Buick]] | ''Predecessor:'' [[Opel Isuzu]] | ''Successor:'' [[Isuzu Gemini]]
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''Marque:'' [[Buick]] | ''Predecessor:'' [[Opel Isuzu]] | ''Successor:'' [[Isuzu I-Mark]]
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Latest revision as of 04:51, 21 January 2014

Neither a Buick nor an Opel (though designed by Opel as part of GM’s T-car programme), but the import name for the Isuzu Gemini (1976–9) in the US for the 1977 through to the 1979 model years. In 1976, this car had been the Opel Isuzu; by 1977, it was either the Buick/Opel or the Buick Opel, depending on which brochure and which ad you were looking at. The cars themselves tended to have the virgule. Four-door sedan and two-door coupé, as in Japan, but only the 1·8-litre engine offered. Generally a well built compact car, complementing the Chevrolet Chevette in GM’s US line-up, but suffered from an identity crisis. By GM’s own admission, inferior to the Toyota Corolla 30. Minor facelift for 1978 with rectangular headlamps.



Marque: Buick | Predecessor: Opel Isuzu | Successor: Isuzu I-Mark





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