GM Z platform

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The Z platform or Z-body automobile platform designation was used on two different types of vehicles made by General Motors.

Chevrolet Corvair[edit]

1960 Chevrolet Corvair

The first was both generations of the Chevrolet Corvair from 1960 to 1969, which were a rear-wheel-drive and rear-engine compact car.

  • The Corvair featured a rear-mounted six-cylinder Chevrolet Turbo-Air 6 engine that included many aluminum components and an aluminum block, along with a rear swing-axle (up to 1964) suspension and rear transaxle. From 1965 the rear suspension was similar to the then current Corvette except that coils were used in place of a transverse leaf. The 1960 model Corvair also offered a gasoline-powered heater as an option.

Vehicles using the rear-drive/rear-engine Z-body include:

Saturn S-Series[edit]

1996-1999 Saturn SW

The second was Saturn's automobile platform from its debut in 1990 until 2002, which were front-wheel drive compact cars. This platform was replaced with the GM Delta platform.

Vehicles using the front-drive/front-engine Z-body include:

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