Chevrolet Vega

Chevrolet Cosworth Vega MJ 1976

The Chevrolet Vega was a service offered by the American car manufacturer General Motors from 1970 to 1977 Subcompact cars of the local class.

1974 was derived from the Vega Astre the Pontiac.

Model history

In September 1970 Chevrolet unveiled the rear-wheel drive Vega as the first small car for the brand. The Vega was aimed at clients of the European and Japanese import cars and joined Ford Pinto and AMC Gremlin compared to.

The outstanding feature of the Vega was the 2.3 -liter, four-cylinder engine of modern design with aluminum crankcase, overhead cam, but initially ran very rough and relatively much consumed. Were offered a two-door notchback coupe, three-door hatchback coupe with a large hatchback and a three-door station wagon. In 1973 the performance of the base engine of 81 kW to 73 hp PS/60 was reduced (54 kW), also a twin carburettor version of the engine was added to the program, which made ​​86 hp ( 63 kW). For model year 1974, the car got a revised grille and much more robust, the most recent applicable U.S. regulations appropriate bumpers. In 1975, the performance of the engines it rose slightly, to 79/88 PS ( 58/65 kW ) for the year on 71/85 PS (52 /62 5 kW) to fall.

1975/76 was offered in addition, after a long development period of 1971 announced Cosworth Vega, a sports version of the fastback coupe with the constructed at Cosworth in England 16 -valve, two-liter, the (82 kW) made ​​112 hp. The sales of this variant was probably mainly due to the comparatively high price of $ 6,066, twice that of a base -Vega, very slowly; only 3507 units were built.

Furthermore, there were 1970 to 1975 under the name Vega Panel Van vans a variant of the station wagon without rear side windows. From this variation, about 22,000 units were produced.

Was innovative at the Vega that he was designed to be transported vertically to the front of the vehicle down. This could be shipped per area on the trains more vehicles. For example, had the battery filler caps on the back to avoid leakage during transit. In addition, changes to the engine (special oil baffles ) and the tank (with the tank vent ) were designed. This option was " Vert -A -Pac " built at the suitable vehicles by the plant.

Although in-tank fuel pumps were already used in some Cadillac and Buick models, the vehicles of the H- Platform ( Vega and Monza ) were the first large-scale volume models from GM, which used such petrol pumps. Today, the standard for all cars with fuel injection standard.

In 1977, the production of the Vega to a total of 1,955,769 copies has been set. The station wagon was incorporated into that of the technically closely related to the Chevrolet Vega Monza program.