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Opel Kadett – model of a passenger car produced in the years 1936-1940 and 1962-1993, by Opel. There are the generations of this car:

Opel Kadett E later under the brand Daewoo manufactured under license in Korea and Lublin as the Daewoo Nexia – previously produced until 1994 as Daewoo Racer in Brazil under the name Chevrolet Kadett produced until 1998, in the United States – Pontiac Le Mans, Canada Passport Optima in Great Britain – Vauxhall Astra Mk II.

Successor Opel Kadett is the Opel Astra.

The name "KADETT" given to cars in 1936. This year plant in Rüsselsheim Opel Kadett presented model, the production of which also used a new, secure mounting base body. This highly successful model was powered by inline four-cylinder engine capacity of 1.1 liters, which reach a power of 23 hp. This car, which weighs 757kg, has already achieved quite a top speed of 98km/h In 1938 Kadett got a new look. Changed his interior décor and a few body parts. Until 1940 Opel dealers sold 107 608 units Kadett.

Later, due to the Second World War, the factory ceased production of civilian cars, focusing on the supply for the military. Therefore, the next version of the vehicle under the banner of the Kadett was released after more than twenty years, when in 1962, part of the production was moved to a new factory in Bochum. In the cradle of compact cars saw the light of day Kadett A. It was a vehicle equipped with four-speed manual gearbox, powered four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1 liter (993 cm ³) that exceed the power of 40hp at 5000 rev/min. and dynamos car to a speed of 120km/h

In 1965, she left the factory a new generation Kadett: Version B. A properly produced until 1967 version B1. Besides the new look, the car is equipped with a wide range of power units from the base with a capacity of 1.1 liters and output of 45hp (130km/h) for the sportiest 1.9S with 90hp (168km/h). Engineers have developed a number of bodies from the 3-door coupe to a full sedan. The later version B2 differed changed appearance. The price of this car in Germany ranged (depending on engine version) from 5100 to the 9500 model. In 1966, Opel celebrated the anniversary of manufacturing in Bochum factory floor left millionth Opel Kadett.

Kadett B Limousine

Kadett B Limousine

Kadett B Caravan

Kadett B Coupe Rally

In 1973, Opel launches the next version of the Kadett C. It is a classic car drivetrain: front-engine, rear-wheel drive. The basic unit of this model is the four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1196 cm ³ power of 52hp at 5600 rev/min. allowing a speed of 140km/h Obviously Opel took care of the choice among many other engines and body styles (coupe, sedan, caravan and special: city and aero). Aspirations to construct sports cars resulted Kadett GT/E, the car with improved handling and engine capacity of 1.9 liters, 105hp, enabling a top speed of 184km/h Acceleration 0-100km/h was 10.2 s

All previous models of Opel (with kadettami inclusive) were rear-wheel drive. In the sixties, many companies already apply on a large scale in their front wheel drive cars. It in fact became the benefits of this type of solution, and among them the ability to more easily find a place for the passengers of the car. Opel however remained conservative, although the club promoter GM’s front-wheel drive was in the USA and in large cars. Starting work on a new model Kadett, a completely revised powertrain concepts occurred at the end of 1974. Opel had to react to the appearance of a few months earlier front-car Volkswagen Golf I.

Introduction to produce the new Kadett in 1979 (about 5 years later than the Golf) was an important event in the history of Opel: the first time, after eighty years of building cars, the company decided to use the front drive. Trailer of the new Opel a length not exceeding 4 meters, from making the silhouette of the greatest cars Opel Monza and Opel Senator. In addition, much like the product GM: Chevrolet Chevette. New model "had" multiple versions of the body, different equipment, and several engines: with different sizes, grades, and execution. One of the most interesting version was the Kadett GTE. The vehicle was equipped with a 1.8-liter engine with 115hp at 5800obr/min. 5-speed synchromesh gearbox and fuel injection Bosch LE-Jetronic. Reached speeds of 187km/h and acceleration 0-100km/h: 9.5 seconds. Requirements of the market meant that Opel had introduce a new model. And so in 1984, the factory moved Kadett latest version of D. In the competition for European Car of the Year 1980 car took second position (for Lancia Delta).

In 1984, the production went E. A year later appeared engines 1.6 and 1.6 Kat, and 2-liter GSi (115hp). In 1987, the market goes convertible model with a new engine 1.8 with electronic fuel injection. 1988 – a 2.0 GSi 16V engine (150hp). From January 1989, all models Opel Kadett equipped with the latest engine, are fitted as standard ABS. In the same year in September, the motor current 1.3i, 1.4i replaced by a new unit. Regarding of the body is the most popular is a 3 or 5-door hatchback, but also meets the 4-door limousine, sedan version, sportiest GSi, and finally, 3 and 5-door station wagon.

Compared with its predecessor (Opel Kadett D), body Opel Kadett E stands out above all aerodynamic bodywork details. It has a far more favorable shape. Reduced drag coefficient of Cx-39 to Cx-32, and even GSi model for Cx-30. Modernized the interior of the car, including Improved shape seats. Remained largely unchanged chassis components. Specialists from the German ADAC-u praise Opel Kadett E, among others, for large and comfortable trunk (390L hatchback version), which can be easily enlarged by folding the back of the couch. Plus the boot is also equal to the floor without any projections, lighting, and its good "availability". Cons, it is primarily the lack of storage and impractical closing – you have to dirty their hands. To decisive advantages Opel Kadett E should include, among others: fine acting gearbox and lying well in hand jack changes transmission, possibility of adjusting the mirrors on the inside, and the alarm lamps included. The advantage is also adjustable front seat hooks or illuminated buttons and instruments.

In a plebiscite on the European Car of the Year 1985 model took first position.

Opel Kadett In

Opel Kadett A

Opel Kadett B

Opel Kadett C

Opel Kadett D

Opel Kadett E (combined)

Opel Kadett E (sedan)

Opel Kadett history and information about the Opel Kadett E has been posted with the permission of the author.

Source of information about the history of the Opel Kadett and the Opel Kadett D derived from:

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