|The Opel Kadett was a compact-sized automobile from the German Opel company, which is part of General Motors European division, offered between 1937 and 1940, then from 1962 to 1990. GM South Africa extended the Opel Kadett name until 1999.
The Kadett E was introduced in 1984, and was voted Car of the Year in 1985, largely due to its advanced aerodynamic body styling. The 1984 model was also developed into a more conventional "three box" design with a boot (trunk), badged as the Vauxhall Belmont in the UK and the Opel Monza in South Africa. A convertible version was also available, for the first time in 1987. For the 1984 model, capacities were raised to 1400, 1800 and a new 2000 cm³ engine, again used on the GSi and Vauxhall Astra GTE. In 1988, a 16-valve twin-cam version was developed for a high performance GSi/GTE model, yielding 156 bhp (115 kW) in manufactured form.