OPEL KADETT (1979-84)
2-door/4-door 4-seater saloon/hatchback saloon/estate.
First transverse-engine, front-wheel-drive generation of Kadetts, also badged as Vauxhall Astra from 1980. Typically complex range of engines, most eventually receiving five-speed transmissions. In UK, Kadetts eased out of favour of Astras by GM management, but extremely successful in all countries. In UK most sold with 1.3-litre/1.6-litre engines. 1.8-litre GT/E (115bhp) of 1983 was most exciting type. No diesels before 1982.