History of Acadian

"Acadian" is a brand of vehicles produced by the canadian branch of General Motors from 1962 to 1971. It was developed for canadian dealers Pontiac-Buick had in its range of compact model, as the model of Pontiac Tempest in Canada has not been delivered. Initially, the Acadian cars had to be based on the chassis of the Chevrolet Corvair, but in the end the concept was transferred to the platform as the Chevy II was put into production in 1962.

Initially, the cars "Acadian" was a scaled down version of the Chevy II, represented as the base model, the average price segment buyers offered Invader, and for affluent customers - Beaumont. All these machines used the design elements like Pontiac, for example, the grille, but always sold under a different brand. Produced for the canadian market, they were never released in Canada, all plants "Acadian" was in the territory of the United States.

As the Chevy II, the Acadian were offered a choice of 4 -, 6-and 8-cylindres engines, the latter came in V8-performance. Depending on the model and the installed engine, the machine was set to either 3 or 4 speed manual transmission, 2-speed automatics from Powerglide.

In 1964 and 1965 the name Beaumont was moved to a scaled down version of the Chevrolet Chevelle, and compact cars top segment, similar to the Chevrolet Nova was sold as a model of Canso.

In the period from 1966 to 1969 model Beaumont continued to be produced on the basis of Chevrolet Chevelle with minor style changes, including tail lights and grille as cars Pontiac, but it becomes a separate brand and already has in the beginning of the name "Acadian". In the interior of these cars used the dashboard from the Pontiac Tempest/LeMans/GTO. The transmission remained the same as the Chevelle. The only update was the issue of the convertible. All cars Acadian and Beaumont continued to use the engines and transmissions Chevrolet. The production of cars Beaumont was discontinued in 1969, after which the canadian dealers sold the name for the Pontiac LeMans.

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