Based on history, they were clearly happy with the results.
The Big Three saw an opportunity and jumped into the market in with the Chevrolet Corvair, Ford Falcon and Plymouth Valiant, all of which saw some levels of success. Powertrains may have started with thrifty four and six-cylinder engines, but V8 engines were also on tap.
These were certainly not the compacts of a decade previous, and it was becoming evident that there was a new opportunity in the true subcompact car space. Meanwhile, John DeLorean had been reassigned from head of Pontiac Division to the Chevrolet Division, which was behind schedule on the Camaro, Nova and Corvette, and was also bleeding from fallout over bad publicity on the Corvair.
DeLorean played by his own rules, which rankled many at GM, but he was also an effective manager, and made dramatic improvements at Chevrolet in short order.
In the middle of all those challenges sat Vega. While the Notchback sedan and Kammback wagons shared rooflines and thus doors and other componentsthe more popular Hatchback had a lower roofline and shared a fold-down rear seat with the Kammback.
The cars were identical from the cowl forward. A GT version of Vega could be ordered, which brought a little more power hp vs. All Vegas were designed to be transported vertically on specially-designed rail cars which could hold 30 cars instead of the 18 a standard auto carrier held.
DeLorean and Chevrolet Division were still trying to make Vega into something worthy of all the hype, and in built a prototype with an aluminum-block V8, which ran sub second quarter miles as tested by Hot Rod Magazine. It was not to be, however, repeating the rejection Chevrolet Divisions had experienced inwhich its own in-house engine design with an aluminum head shown above in the XP concept car which utilized many Vega components was passed over for the cast iron head engine used in production.
InVega was lengthened slightly by adding three inches between the front bumper and grill with a steel filler panel to improve the aesthetics.
Astre would be offered in the same configurations as Vega, only with the Kammback being called the Safari and an SJ trim level topping out the options list.
In February,calendar-challenged GM launched the Spirit of America special edition Vega, essentially a paint and decal package, presumably intended to capitalize on the upcoming American Bicentennial. Around this time, GM was pressing ahead with plans for a rotary-engined Vega, but as more and more problems surfaced, including rising gasoline prices, it became obvious that the rotary was a dead end as an option in an economy sub-compact car.
Chevrolet, after missing its initial deadline, would also finally introduce the Cosworth Vega in The Panel Express was dropped from the option list at the end of the model year, and the Monza was introduced alongside the Buick Skyhawk and Oldsmobile Starfire.
Things got really confusing with the Pontiacs, as you had the Astre inwhich was still based on the Vega design. To make things even more confusing, the Sunbird wagon continued to use the Vega Kammback design up through Little changed in as the original H-body cars were phased out, the Monza and derivatives having taken the baton by this point.
Monza was offered in several trim options forincluding the Mirage shown and Spyder in either the Z01 Package, which had some hardware upgrades, or the Z02 Appearance Package.
Base engines were still the Durabilt four, but an optional hp c. V8 could also be ordered. After a two-year hiatus, Chevrolet would introduce the successor to the H-body platform, the Chevrolet Cavalier and its four brand siblings. The J-body would be in production for over twenty years with well over 10 million units produced.
They truly did hit the mark in several areas styling, handling, decent price and economybut were hobbled by the end results of corporate politics and cost-cutting, which resulted in the Vega in particular receiving such a black eye that it never really recovered, despite having become a decent quality car by the end of its run.
The H-body platform turned out to be highly flexible, supporting a wide range of engines and stylistic variants, which were effective in keeping the sales numbers reasonably high, and for a decently-long production run as well.
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