By 1981 ADM revived the Villa name. Same as last time, it was a small compact car, for those who want a small inexpensive car, but require more cargo space than a sub compact. Also, it was the first ADM car with a transverse FWD configuration.
History and development
The 1981 Villa wasn’t truly an ADM car, underneath it was a rebadged Sanda Archer, it even was marketed as ADM Villa by Sanda in the US and Canada.
In fact, due to the expansion ADM was having into european markets, upper management was cutting corners whenever possible, using re-badged Sanda cars or re-engineered existing cars from its european counterpart. The villa was no exception, and it only received some minor tweeks. Front and rear bumpers were added, as well as rear reflectors and the ADM grille. The engine was the B series engine, also taken from Sanda, compatible with US emission standards.
There were 3 trims, Base, Cruise and Grand Prix. All came as a coupé with a 4 speed manual transmision, with solid discs front and drums rear. The main difference came in the interior equipment, as well as the engine and wheels. The Base and Cruise came with a 1.6L engine with 78hp while the Grand Prix came with a 1.8L engine and 95hp, plus alloy wheels and upgraded suspension.
Price and stats
Prices are in 1981 US dlls