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The Ascona C is released in september 1981 being the next model to type B. The technically identic Version Vauxhall Chevalier is sold in the U.K. The car is manufactured in Ruesselsheim (germany), Antwerpen (belgium) and Luton (U.K.). It´s the second Opel which has frontwheel drive (besides the Kadett D). It was available as 2- or 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback (type name ending with CC) , as Vauxhall also with station wagon body (Estate). From 1974 to 1988 the Manta-B has been sold, but this well known sportcoupe was still based on the Ascona B platform. At the beginning four carburator engines were sold , the 1.3 N (60 hp) , 1.3 S (75 hp) , 1.6 N (75 hp) and the 1.6 S (90 hp) each of them combined with a 4 speed manual gear. Alternatively a 3 speed automatic could be ordered (not for 1.3 N engine). Versions were ´Standard´, ´Luxus´ , ´Berlina´ and sportsvesion ´SR´ In the end of the year the Ascona gains the ´goldene Lenkrad´ an automotive award.


Release of combustion engine 1.6 D (55 hp). New topmodel ´CD´ with improved equipment. Release of 1.8 E engine with LE - Jetronic (115 hp) and 5 speed manual gear. From now on power steering, electric windows , electric mirrors and bordcomputer for extra cost available. The Ascona is the most selling midclass car in West Germany in 1982.


Starterswitch and doorlocks modified. Waterpump, valveseals and radiator hoses improved. Presentation of a convertible built on the Ascona C platform by two german companies. Central doorlocks available, exterior mirrors now with the option of heating. Sportsdampers for ´SR´ and 1.8 E engine. Rearbrakes with automatic adjusting.


1. Facelift : model names changed. Basic version now ´LS´ , luxury now ´GL´ , ´Berlina´ now ´GLS´ , ´SR´ now ´GT´. Each version gets radiator shell of ´CD´-version , big wheelscaps, seats on glidetracks, modified console, interior mirrors adjustable form inside for all versions. Liftable steeringwheel and start-stop-system for 1.3 S engine available. Improvement of clutchdamping and headlightsealing.


1.8 i engine with 3-way-catalyst is released, one-way-catalysts for all other engines are available for upgrading exhaust gas cleaning. Modification of clutch lining and doorsealings.


2. Facelift : optical improvement: white direction lights , dark rearlight units, radiator shell and airexit in color of car. Frontspoiler in car´s color. GT with spoilers.


New engines: 1.6 i with 3-way-catalyst, Multec-central injection and 75 hp and 2.0 i with 3-way-catalyst, Bosch Motronic and 115 hp (without catalyst 130 hp)


End of production in august, replacement by Vectra A, which will be available as 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback till 1995.

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