CC Capsule: The Cold Canadian Chevette – Pontiac Acadian

As we have seen in Paul’s Chevette article, the little Chevrolet was a version of the global T-car. I won’t repeat the details of that here but Canada, always the badge engineering leader, also got a Pontiac version right from 1976. The Acadian name had previous been its own marque in the 60s peddling re-badged Chevy IIs and Chevelles but now returned as a model name. The early ones look very much like a re-badged Chevette. The Chevrolet grill even remains the same with only really badges as differences. Heck the hubcaps are identical with a Pontiac logo tossed on for good measure. One certainly couldn’t tell an Acadian from a Chevette at any real distance. The grill makes this one a 1976-1978 example so it could be powered by either the 1.4L or 1.6L engine. There was even a stripped out Scooter version of the Acadian. These where sold in Canada so Pontiac dealers would have a small car to sell as often in small towns there would be either a Chevrolet or Pontiac dealer but not both.

The early ones included this Maple Leaf on the fender to perhaps appeal to patriotic buyers.

The rear and tail lights are pure Chevette and only differing by badges.

The Acadian followed along with the Chevette facelift for 1979.

Once the United States got their Pontiac branded Chevette, the oddly named T-1000, a few visual differences began to emerge. The T-1000 had a unique grill, tail lights, as well as a hint of body cladding. Also added was blacked out trim around the headlights and different wheel trim. The Acadian name was retained for Canada but all these T-1000 differences were incorporated so one could now tell apart a Chevette from an Acadian from at least more than a few paces away. Acadians continued to sold right through 1987 and received all the same updates as their T-1000 cousin.

This one is missing its Pontiac arrow badge on the grill but it is an Acadian Scooter model from 1986.