When the new compact disk of Chevrolet (as a model 1980 year) made debut in April 1979, it became clear that the giant armada of General Motors carries out a turn Â«all suddenlyÂ».
Front-wheel drive models appeared not only under a Â«cross buckÂ» but also under the brands of Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac - together. Line of X - body is a single corporate platform on that the various variants of compact passenger cars were created.
Did the name Citation sound modish: at what here Â«quotationÂ»? Although English-American citation is the multiple-valued word and one of his values is gratitude in an order on military part. Public encouragement - for the innovative going near business.
Generally the first in the USA front-wheel compact sub disks Dodge Omni / Plymouth Horizon are considered - on the pair of years before, than models of GM X - body. However Horizon and Omni were, in essence, the renamed French cars - Chrysler - SIMCA - Talbot. While Citation (and also close Â«familyÂ» Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Omega and Pontiac Phoenix) is the natural American product. Moreover, passenger cars of X - body became the first in world motor industry with transversal located (at the front) V- vivid Â«sixÂ» - indisputably.
The model of Citation appeared at once in a few variants: 3 - and 5-door Â«hatchbacksÂ», and also 2-door by 3-volume sedan. A compact disk looked as necessary: all right cut out and firmly sewn together. At the same time, new Chevrolet did not shine sharp-cut aerodynamics: the coefficient of windbags equaled 0,417.
Marketing specialists positioned Citation as 5-local passenger cars, and five adults really took place in a salon - together with luggage. A transmission tunnel did not intrude in an interior, so that space was foot present - and at the front, and in a 2nd row. And for luggage a place remained: at the complete landing on places loading space of Â«hatchbackÂ» made 570 L. And at the stowage of backs of back seats a cargo bay increased to 1165 L.; flexible variableness.
Except hand 4-step CAT (synchronizers on all transmissions), for an additional charge the 3-speed hydro mechanical Â«automatÂ» of THM was offered also - 125. In respect of working, then at the front at Citation of bar of McPherson, and behind easy uncut beam on longitudinal directing levers (with transversal traction of Panhard). Cylindrical springs, transversal stabilizations.
Only from 1979 in light million went out 642,6.