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Chevrolet Cavalier

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Part of GM’s J-car programme, an attempt to produce a front-wheel-drive car for every market—including the Opel Ascona C, Holden Camira, Chevrolet Monza (1982–96) and Isuzu Florian Aska. The Chevrolet Cavalier was the mainstream American model, the cheapest J-car on the market, and sold on that basis. It received OHV engines, had only an average safety record, and was never known for build quality; after the 1984 facelift, it was nearly indistinguishable to most observers to the plush Cadillac Cimarron, a car on the same platform costing twice the money. Unlike the Opel Ascona, Cavalier was only updated with facelifts and modest freshenings, and when a fully revised 1995 model emerged, it seemed dated almost on launch with poor interior packaging (despite some increase in dimensions), sub-par build and low-quality materials used. A car that once fought Honda Accords in the 1980s was targeting Civics by the turn of the century—and not doing a particularly good job of it. Some 1995–2005 Cavaliers were exported as Toyota Cavaliers to Japan, with some minor changes, though build quality was not what one would expect. The name was revived in 2016 in China.



Marque: Chevrolet | Predecessor: Chevrolet Cruze | Successor: Chevrolet Cobalt





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