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Chevrolet Kadett: known for its elegant lines and remarkable performance, it has a rich history that begins in Germany in 1938, going through several evolutions until becoming an icon in Brazil

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Chevrolet Kadett: known for its elegant lines and remarkable performance, it has a rich history that begins in Germany in 1938, going through several evolutions until becoming an icon in Brazil
Chevolet Kadett Photo: Disclosure/Roda Leve

The Chevrolet Kadett, a classic that began its history in Germany in 1938 and went through decades of innovations, arrived in Brazil in 1989 with a revolutionary design and pioneering technologies, such as bonded glass and adjustable rear suspension, marking an era of automobile evolution in both style as well as performance.

The trajectory of the Chevrolet Kadett begins much earlier than most people imagine. First launched in 1938 in Germany as “Kadett 11234”, the model had a brief run on the market until 1941. After two decades, the Kadett re-emerged with a new design and options of two or four doors, gaining popularity as “Kadett A”.

The second generation appeared in 1965, known as “Kadett B”, with a completely new body and sedan, hatchback and station wagon versions. The revolution continued in 1973 with the “Kadett C”, which later arrived in Brazil under the name Chevrolet Chevette.

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Kadett E in Brazil

The real turning point came in 1984 with the launch of the fifth generation, “Kadett E”, which arrived in Brazil in 1989, captivating drivers with its modern design and advanced features. This model stood out for its teardrop-shaped lines and wedge-shaped front, with a grille integrated into the bumper, painted in matte black and, depending on the version, accompanied by a chrome trim.

The Kadett pioneered the use of bonded glass, an innovation at the time that contributed to a better aerodynamic coefficient. Under the hood, the Brazilian versions started with a 1.8 HC engine, offering robust performance with a weight-to-power ratio that guaranteed agility.

GS sports version

The GS sports version added even more exclusivity, with air intakes on the hood, colored bumpers and alloy wheels. This version also incorporated adjustable rear suspension — a first for national cars.

Over the years, the Kadett has not only evolved in design and technology, but has also captured the hearts of many Brazilians, becoming a symbol of innovation and style in the automobile industry. Its journey from the streets of Germany to becoming a beloved classic in Brazil is a testament to its durability and timeless appeal.

Replacing the carburetor with electronic injection

In addition to aesthetic and mechanical innovations, Kadett was a platform for introducing new technologies to the Brazilian market. The 1991 model brought important updates, such as replacing the carburetor with the electronic injection, a significant advancement that improved performance and fuel efficiency. This change marked the transition from the Kadett GS to the Kadett GSI, reflecting a new era of technical sophistication.

Throughout the 90s, Chevrolet continued to innovate with the Kadett, launching special series and keeping the car relevant in a rapidly evolving market. One of these series was the 1990 Kadett Turin, a tribute to the World Cup in Italy, which stood out for its exclusivity and customized details, such as colored alloy wheels and themed decorations.

Station wagon version

The Kadett also had its station wagon version, known as Ipanema, launched to offer a more spacious and versatile option for families and professionals who needed more cargo space. With a completely vertical rear end and a generously sized trunk, Ipanema expanded the Kadett's legacy in Brazil.

In 1994, the Kadett underwent yet another transformation with an enlarged fuel tank and updated version names to align with General Motors' new naming standards. The Light version introduced was an economical alternative, focused on offering the essentials without unnecessary luxuries.

Production of the Chevrolet Kadett continued until 1998

The arrival of the Astra in 1994 as a response to the import tax reduction and the subsequent increase in this tax led Chevrolet to reevaluate its strategy for the Kadett. In 1995, the Kadett Sport was launched, emphasizing attributes such as power and aerodynamic design, while in 1996, the Kadett received an aesthetic update that gave it a more modern look and in line with global trends.

Production of the Kadett continued until 1998, when it was definitively replaced by the Astra. However, your influence remains, not just as a vehicle, but as an icon of a time of great evolution in the Brazilian automotive industry.

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