Isuzu I-Mark

In the United States, the Gemini was available from Chevrolet, and later from Geo, as the Spectrum, or from Isuzu themselves, as the Isuzu I-Mark. General Motors' Pontiac division sold the I-Mark as the Pontiac Sunburst in Canada from 1985 to 1988. Pontiac discontinued the Sunburst because it felt that the engine was a diminutively weak and did not have much performance. General Motors Canada announced that the Sunburst's replacement would be the Passport Optima in 1989. For GM, this was an entry-level vehicle to attract young buyers and to compete with the flood of Japanese compact cars flooding the US market. The Spectrum lacked many of the options and equipment of the I-Mark, though both were available with the 1.5-liter SOHC non-turbo and turbo engines, but no diesel engines were offered in the US. The turbo model I-Mark was called the RS model in 1988 and then changed to the LS model in 1989. The I-Mark was available with the 1.6 liter DOHC engine in 1989 only, as the RS model. In 1988 and 1989, the LS and RS models were offered with Lotus Tuned Suspension, the sportier suspension featuring more rigid dampers, alternate spring rates, and bigger sway bars. The Isuzu I-Mark began though as the Gemini, a compact car built by Isuzu and sold from 1974 through 2000. It was never marketed under that name in the United States as previously stated, but was sold under many other names. The first Gemini was the 1974 Bellett Gemini. It was based on the third-generation Opel Kadett on the General Motors T-car platform and came in four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles. The Gemini was Wheels magazine's Car of the Year for 1975. As history would have hit, this was probably the most popular in the long line of Geminis and thus I-Marks.