Chevy Vega
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Make: Chevy
Model: Vega
Chevy Vega

The Chevrolet Vega was considered to be extremely innovative at the time of its release. Of course, looking at the vehicle now would make someone laugh. Nevertheless, it was a subcompact car sold from 1971 through 1977. It came available in sedan, coupe, station wagon, and the sedan even came in a few body styles, cleverly known as the Notchback, the Hatchback, the Kammback, and the Panel Express. The Chevrolet Vega was based on the GM H platform. Years later, the Chevrolet Monza would be based off the Vega. This occurred from 1975 to 1980. The Vega, being that it was just so innovative at the time, won Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1971. The Vega has claimed its innovative status because it really did create a whole new class of cars. It was the first subcompact car for the American automakers that could compete directly with the successful, but aging Volkswagen Beetle. It also was in stiff competition with models from Honda, Toyota, and Datsun, all of which were becoming increasingly popular. This was though not the only reason that the Vega was so innovative, there is in fact more than meets the eye. The original Vega was designed to be shipped vertically with its nose down. For example, the battery had fill caps at the back to prevent leakage during shipment. This created the need for a special rail car known as "Verta-Pak" which was built with hangers to carry the first Vegas to market. The Vega is more often than not considered a failure model, but in fact the Vega was a strong seller. Although outsold most years by the Pinto, Chevrolet sold over two million Vegas during its lifetime, which is pretty impressive even in today's terms. In reality, the sales of the Vega are much less of a talking point than its other famous attributes.

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