Acadian (automobile)

Acadian was a make of car that was sold from 1962 to 1971 by General Motors in Canada. The Acadian was sold as a mid-sized car on the local Pontiac and Buick dealer, since the Pontiac Tempest was not offered in Canada. Actually, the Acadian should be based on the Chevrolet Corvair, which was produced at GM's plant in Oshawa. Then, it was decided, however, to use the Chevy II platform for the 1962 imported vehicle. The brand was available with vehicles manufactured in Arica in Chile.

Initially, the Acadian were slightly modified Chevy II, which was offered as a base model, as the mean model as Invader and top-of Beaumont. Although stylistic elements of Pontiac, as the two-part grille is started, the Acadian regarded as an independent brand and not as a Pontiac model.

How the Chevy II in the USA there was also the Acadian with in-line four -cylinder, in-line six cylinder and V8 engines. Depending on the model and engine were manual 3 - or 4- speed gearbox offered or a two-stage Powerglide automatic transmission.

1964 and 1965, the Beaumont name was used for a revised version of the middle -class model Chevrolet Chevelle and renamed the top model of the Acadian Canso in. The data for the Acadian from 1966 were:

  • Engines: Straight-six with 3,179 cc displacement, 8.5:1 compression and 88 kW (120 bhp ) power or ³ V8 with 4,638 cm displacement, compression 9,25:1 or 11.0:1 and 143 kW ( 195 bhp ) and 162 kW (220 bhp ) power.
  • Length: 4,648 mm Width: 1,811 mm Height: 1,367 mm Turning circle: 11.7 m, front track: 1443 mm Rear track: 1430 mm.
  • Fuel tank capacity: 51.9 l

The Beaumont in the model years 1966-1969 had continued the Chevrolet Chevelle with minor design changes as other tail lights and grille split by type of Pontiac. Since Beaumont own brand was, however, they no longer bore the name Acadian. Inside, the instrument panel of the U.S. Pontiac models Tempest / LeMans / GTO was built. All Acadian and Beaumont had engines and powertrains Chevrolet. The Beaumont brand accounted for in 1969 and the Canadian traders Pontiac LeMans had instead the program.

In the 1960s there was the Beaumont in Puerto Rico. There was next to the Beaumont dealer in San Juan even a Beaumont Cafeteria.

The Acadian had the Chevy II / Nova body and then was replaced by the Pontiac Ventura II until mid-1971.

From 1976 to 1987, there was the based on the Chevrolet Chevette Pontiac Acadian with the Canadian Pontiac and Buick dealers.