Tuesday 01 February 2011
The Kadett D was introduced in November 1979, going on sale in the UK some five months before the British version, the Vauxhall Astra Mark 1, was launched in April 1980. All models were designed as three- or five-door hatchbacks and estates or station wagons. There were also two- and four-door sedans, which used the same bodyshells as the hatchbacks, but these were soon dropped. Also dropped, in comparison to the C Modell was the Coupé.
Technologically, the Kadett D was a major departure, as it was Opel and Vauxhall's first front wheel drive car. It also introduced the Family II engine design with an single overhead camshaft, aluminium alloy cylinder head, hydraulic valve lifters, with capacities of 1300 and 1600 cc, and had a unique transaxle design which allowed the clutch to be replaced without removing the transmission unit.
Later, an 1800 cc version was introduced for the Kadett/Astra GTE model. This range of engines was also used for later models of the Corsa/Nova, and the mid-sized Cavalier/Ascona. The Kadett D was also equipped with a 1600 cc diesel engine that was possible to drive as cheap as 5.0 L/100 km, and a carry-over 1196cc OHV engine. It was also produced as IDA Kadett in Kikinda, Yugoslavia.
In Lithuania and the Ukraine these are still common, 31 years later, their reliability being a factor. The most common versions are 1.3 and 1.6 S models.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1300 cc
- horsepower: 60 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 147 km/h