My point was that with selling Opel, GM just got rid of the design bureau that made the shall we say sane-sized cars.
It was Opel that designed the cars that other GM brands were based on.
SAAB 9-5 was a longer wheel-base Insignia. The second-gen 900 is a Vectra.
Daewoo was all Opels. Nexia was the Kadett, Espero the Ascona, Lanos is Astra, Nubira is Vectra. Matiz, I think that one currently called Chevy Spark is still based on the Tico and that thing is a Suzuki Alto.
Opel designed the lion's share of GM brands sold outside the US.
I would say based on Opel platform rather then designed. But yes a valid point and I agree.
As for the earlier cars.
Everything out of 50's and 60's cannot comment on. Last gen Kadett was nice I guess. And the first gen Kadett ended up becoming the first Moskvicz.
Never been a fan of Kadett E while it drove like for the most part kadett D. I never found the E particular good looking inside or out. That and In the 90's up until early 2000. They were a common on every street in Ze Netherlands up there with the Peugeot 205. You kinda started to hate them.
But if you ask me Ford vs GM. Ford won. Ford is still in the game, it didn't go bankrupt and still has a whole line of cars.
Sure, except their range in EU is getting smaller and smaller. And so is Ford EU's market share and name. In the States they still in the fight and good position but getting squeezed all the same.
Anyway, something for t-dugong
Ze Moskvitch 3-5-6 prototype. A beauty that with a few touches here and there should have been put into production. A larger follow-up to Moskvitch 408/4012 series that would have had 1.8 liter, 103 hp straight four (1.6 and 1.7 liter we're also planned) and optional automatic transmission (prototype had a Borg-Warner 3 speed auto ) but it was planned to have a domestic CVT transmission KP-9 (tested on 3-5-5) and then KP-10 neither of which ever went into production.
And the model for the estate/station wagon that never managed to become in metal.
The car itself was Inspired by Opel Rekord after chief designer Alexander Fedorovich Andronov sat in one. But in no way copy in either looks or internal wise. Just the dimensions for the most part
The new car was however to be based on the Moskvich-412 as ordered by Alexander Andronov. Which made some of the team walk out. Whom felt a more fresher approach was to be required. (As would be the case) Thus the first prototypes Moskvitch 3-5-1, Moskvitch 3-5-2, Moskvitch 3-5-3 and Moskvitch 3-5-3 estates along with Moskvitch 3-5-4 all used stretched base of Moskvich-412.
Non managed to satisfy especially in safety features mainly the crash protection. At that time 412 and modernized version of 408 had frontal crumpling zone protection added (and i believe rear also though not 100% sure) The new Moskvitch was aimed higher though failed. Ultimately though project was put on hold in 1970. And the new facility that could have been used to manufacture said new car instead began a year prior to manufacture export euro spec Moskvich 412 and modernized 408.
The following year chief designer Alexander Andronov would retire and the project would start again now on a new chassis.
And in 1972 Moskvitch 3-5-5 would show up
Followed by 3-5-6 in 1973. Expected initial production was expected in 75-76. But ultimately it would never be as it was probably rightly concluded, that disruption, retooling and retraining, etc, would not be worth it. Since the car would be to late to the market by five to six years and would be morally and export wise obsolete by early 80's.
instead another rehash of the 408 comes to be. Ze Moskvitch 2140 And the new future project would ultimately bare Moskvitch Aleko