Pontiac 2000

The 1985 Sunbird was a compact car that was first manufactured as the Pontiac J2000 in 1981 for the 1982 model year. In 1983, the "J" was dropped from the name, and a limited-run convertible model was dubbed the 2000 Sunbird. In 1984, all 2000s were by now called 2000 Sunbirds, and for the 1985 model year, the "2000" was also dropped all in all. Production under the Sunbird name continued until 1994. The J platform, or J-body, was General Motors' cheapest front-wheel drive platform from the 1980s and 1990s. The platform was a replacement for the GM H platform. The first J-body car was called the Chevrolet Cavalier, which was launched on March 21, 1981 as a 1982 model. The Cavalier was cancelled in 2004 at which point the new Chevrolet Cobalt took over in that segment. The last surviving J-body car, called the Mexican-built Pontiac Sunfire, saw its last day of production in June 2005. In total, there are three generations of the J-body. The first generation lasted from 1982 to 1987, the second lasted from 1988 to 1994, and lastly, the third generation lasted from 1995 to 2005. Various other model names were used over the years to describe the J platform cars. Further, most Sunbirds were built in Lordstown, Ohio and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Except for cosmetic changes, engine upgrades and the dropping of particular models, the platform really was the same throughout the years. Design of the J-body dates way back to the mid-1970s, at which time, GM-controlled divisions were manufactured totally different models in the same segments. This was seemingly a waste of resources. Such models were the Chevrolet Vega in America, the Opel Ascona in Europe, the Holden Torana in Australia and the Isuzu Florian in Japan. Thus, there was a need to streamline the process and save some serious cash.