Kadett Motor Company - The 2000s were great!


Innovation You Can Feel.

HEADQUARTERS: Seoul, South Korea
NO. of EMPLOYEES: 115,940

Kadett Motor Company is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, Kadett’s corporate structure consisted of 115,940 employees worldwide and designs, manufactures and distributes passenger and commercial vehicles, engines, and turbomachinery. Cumulative global sales of Kadett passenger car models achieved the 3 million milestone in March of 2016.

The Kadett Motor Company was founded by Choe Dae-sung in 1965 in collaboration with the Sisten Motoring Corporation as a way for Sisten to sell rebadged cars in the Korean market. Kadett’s first model, the 1600E went on sale in 1966 as the rebadged version of the American Sisten Bolide sedan. The car was a success which lead to Kadett branching out to the European market in 1970 with the small Athena sedan. While sales numbers were decent, they were not good enough to the eyes at Sisten and as such, in 1971, they brought in Timothy Parnell as the head of the newly founded Kadett of Europe. Parnell spearheaded the development of the Club supermini and hired Michael Buckingham, who would remain as the head-designer at Kadett until 1997.

The Club would turn out to be a big hit for Kadett in Europe, topping the best-selling car list for Spain in 1977. By the late 70’s however, the Sisten Motoring Corporation was restructuring and in 1978, sold their stakes in Kadett. This was an opportunity for the Korean company to enter the American market, as previously these attempts were rejected by Sisten in order not to bring in more competition from import cars. Ken Yoshi became the president at Kadett of America and helped launch the second generation Club in the US market.

By the 90’s, Kadett was expanding. This was marked by the opening of their second factory in the US and a third factory in Europe, located in Germany. Kadett Motor Company India was established in 1996 and in the same year, once again started a partnership with Sisten with them acquiring 33% of Kadett. By the 90’s, Kadett was attempting to update its image by adding more sports and luxury oriented vehicles into its growing lineup, having previously been occupied mainly by just the Vista sedan. Also within this time, the company opened a research center in the United Kingdom, with bases in Colorado, China and Australia following.

In 2000, a new factory was set up in France, built specifically for the production of the Koroma electric car. Despite slow sales in the beginning, the second generation model became one of the best-selling electric cars in the world and paved the way for Kadett Electric Department, later KERS. The financial crisis of 2007 and near-bankruptcy of the Sisten Motoring Corporation lead to them selling their stake in Kadett for the second time.


2020 SWING City Car
2019 CLUB Subcompact Car
2020 BEAT Compact Car
2020 DASH Compact Sedan
2020 KOROMA Electric Car
2020 SWAY Mid-Size Car
2020 VISION Luxury Sedan
2020 VORTEX Compact Crossover
2019 QUATREK Mid-Size Crossover
2020 AVATREK Mid-Size Luxury Crossover
2020 ENTRAIN Full-Size SUV
2019 TOUR Minivan


2018 CONVEY Van


It’s been a long time coming, but the brand that made its mark in CSR 106 has finally received its own thread. I can’t wait to see what you have on offer!

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Premium sedans. Into the 80’s, this market segment had been dominated by the Americans with luxury cars and the Germans with more performance oriented cars, and the Korean Kadett wanted to step in that market too. Having been set from their ownership by Sisten in 1978, the newly established Kadett of America set to work on a new premium sedan aimed mainly at the American market.

The chosen name was Vista and the sedan went into production in 1984 alongside an ad-campaign emphasizing the cheap price of the car compared to it’s core competition.

The job of styling was not given to the team of Michael Buckingham and instead to Alfonso Rivera, a famous car stylist from Italy. Rivera was brought in to give the Vista a design which would stand out among the competition - the end result was a sharp, sleek body with multiple instances of asymmetry, a design quirk inspired by many contemporary Italian cars of the era.

Two engines were offered for the first generation model. The smaller option was a 1.6 liter Inline-4 developing 90 horsepower, achieving 0-60 in 14,6 seconds and getting on average 19,3MPG.

The second option was a Sisten 3.0 V6, modified specifically for this model. It developed 174 horsepower and ran from 0 to 60 in 8.8 seconds while achieving 15,5MPG. The V6 ended up being the much more popular engine choice.

Both engines were mated to a 4-speed Automatic gearbox. The I4 was standard on the GXL model, the V6 was an option on the GXL and standard on the higher CXL. The CXL also featured more high-end PHELPS cassette player and 4 electric windows.

The base GXL included hydraulic power steering, dual airbags and an 8-track player. The CXL replaced the 8-track deck with a modern cassette player and added bigger, 16" wheels with white and beige color options becoming available.

Due to the lackluster sales around the world of the first generation model, the second generation was not available in Europe at all making it available only in North America, parts of Asia and Australia.

Development itself started just a few weeks after the first generation model was formally launched to the market. Michael Buckingham became the lead designer for the “CB20”, as it’s known internally. Unlike the original, the design of the second generation became more casual and less striking, with strong influences taken from Japanese cars of the era.

The “CB20” was first shown off in 1989, going on sale later that year. While the critical reaction was good, the follow-up model once again failed to meet sales targets.

This model had one engine for all models - an updated version of the 3.0 V6 from the first generation. Horsepower was bumped up to 179 and torque was increased to 238 Nm. This allowed it to sprint to 60 in 8.7 seconds. Fuel economy was rated at 16,3MPG.

An improvement over the last model was the new Limited Slip Diff., unlike the first generation model which had an open differential. Brakes were also ventilated all-round. The suspension setup however was maintained, with MacPherson Struts up front and a Double Wishbone setup in the rear.

Both of the trim levels returned from the old model. The GXL was the base model, the CXL taking place as the higher-end version. Both also came with a 4-speed automatic gearbox and traction control as standard.

Two more pictures

The second generation Kadett Vista would end production in 1994, after years of lackluster sales. A successor would however come out in 2006, under a different name.


I love the '84 Vista. It mostly looks like Made In Japan (Nissan Laurel, Mazda 929) but the doors with those handles look like they’re from a Peugeot 505. Anyway, it’s a very harmonic design.

Interesting that there was a big gap between the base model 1.6 and the top of the line V6.
I think a bigger inline-4, something like a 2.0 or a 2.2 with around 120 bhp could have filled that gap.

From the two available I would choose the 1.6 (all my cars in real life were (and are) with base engines, so I got used to low power :slight_smile: ) in white, with dark blue velour interior. I hope central door-locks and power steering was available for the 1.6. :slight_smile:

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next time I won’t quickly try to push something out so I wouldn’t be ashamed that this thread had 1 post made during 5 months lol

Through the 60s and 70s, Kadett had been a brand focusing on cheaper commuter cars. After the Sisten Motoring Company had sold their stakes in 1978, Kadett started a plan to change and improve their brand image, especially in the US where the Club subcompact was seen as an alternative to taking the bus.

Kadett Beat Mk. I
from 1986 to 1992

Development of the 1st generation Beat started in 1983 as a replacement for the Concord and intended to be a world car. Special care was taken to make sure this car would be seen as a proper competitor to other contemporary cars in its class. The Beat was designed by Michael Buckingham, with input from Kadett of Europe and Kadett of America.

The Kadett Beat was officially launched in 1986 in Korea, the US and Europe with Australia and New Zealand following in 1987. The car was a hit, quickly becoming the brands best selling car in America. The Beat would stay behind the Mk. II Club in terms of sales in Europe however, launched earlier in 1983. Unlike the Concord, critics were fond of the new car with special notes taken of the interior and handling characteristics.

At launch, 3- and 5-door versions were available. The Sport Coupe liftback was added to the range in 1987, available exclusively with the 1.8l inline-4. The base model 3-door featured a 1.2 liter engine, the mid-trim using a 1.6 and the highest end model having the 1.8.

The Sport Coupe was launched to give a flare of style and sportiness to the Beat name.

In 1988, Kadett launched the GTS sport version. After seeing the popularity of hot hatches throughout the 80s, the executives at Kadett of Europe quickly assembled a team which would be tasked with turning the Beat into a worthy competitor to the likes of the Contendiente Enemigo and Žnoprešk Zest. The team used the top-of-the-line 1.8 I4 engine as a basis, but tuned it for more power. The suspension was stiffened up for better handling and ABS was equipped as standard. With good* reviews from reviewers, the Beat GTS went on sale in early 1988 exclusively as a 3-door model. The GTS was heavily marketed in the US, as an attempt to make give the Beat name a sporty and upmarket feeling. Despite high projections, the GTS did not sell as well as Kadett had been hoping for. 80,000 units were produced until 1992 when the Mk. II Beat was introduced. Today, units of the original Beat GTS are greatly sought after unlike the Mk. II models. The original model also started the GTS model name, which has been used on every Beat model since and has, on occasions also been used on other Kadett models.

“The Beat GTS is not a speed demon or a pocket rocket, but despite the somewhat sluggishly big engine and the old-fashioned underpinnings – a solid rear axle for example – the GTS is responsive and stable on the road.”

Completely unrelated quote from The Exhaust Note magazine.

All in all, around 3,300,000 units of the Mk. I Beat were produced. Even if the GTS wasn’t a big success, the Beat still became the first success for Kadett in the US and helped shape the entire brand there. The Beat Mk. II was launched in 1992.



The sixth generation of the Kadett is more bold, striking and distinctive than ever - all true qualities of a Beat.

50 MPG




This was written before the Evgenis post. Personalization is key with the new Beat, offering a wide array of vibrant and modern colors, from the classic Orange Sunburst to the iconic Red Cap. Inside, you can choose from 10 decorative colors, 6 types of seats and 5 interior tones, making every Beat stand out from the rest of the crowd. From 18 to 20 inches, there are a multitude of wheels to choose from. Each has been designed to combine aerodynamics for fuel efficiency and style for everyone’s lifestyle, no compromise has been made.

For extra lighting visibility during the daylight hours, the new Beat features stylish LED daytime running lights, designed not only to look sleek, but to offer best-in-class lighting abilities. The road ahead is bright.


Three engines and two gearbox configurations are available from start, including a 6-speed manual and 7-speed Quik automatic transmission. Three all new engines sit under the bonnet, from the 1.3 3-cylinder to the 1.6 and 2.0 liter four cylinders. All engines guarantee a fuel consumption of under 6l/100km, meaning you can have fun behind the wheel and save the planet at once.

S, Saga, Synthesis - the three trim versions offer unique qualities and rise in features included, with the base S including Auto-Emergency Braking, Saga including leather seats and Synthesis including a fully virtual cockpit, with a 12.5" display.

Engine Horsepower 0-62 Top Speed Fuel Economy Price
1.3 inline 3 114 10.9s 195km/h 52.7MPG from $17,150
1.6 inline-4 151 9.1s 216km/h 49.7MPG from $19,990
2.0 inline-4 206 7.9s 234km/h 40.1MPG from $22,800


The 2020 Kadett Beat will arrive in European dealers this summer, with pre-orders starting on the 18th of May. Further specifications will be revealed soon and will be available at your local Kadett dealership.

Further gallery.


I forgot this existed. But it is always amazing nonetheless.

can i pre-order one?
me likey

tho i’d appreciate a vehicle that turns without scraping onder lateral load :smiley:


On looks and specs alone, the new Beat range will certainly be tough to beat - especially at such affordable prices!

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Awesome car and camera work as always. Nice Job! I dont think the Zinc Can match this


Writing lore is boring, have some WIPs for now.


That Avatrek be lookin pretty thicc tho. :flushed:

A few years after the original Kadett Beat was launched onto the world, development began on a successor. Using a thoroughly revamped version of the C-platform, the second generation Beat was to be even more of a world car than its predecessor.

– 1992 KADETT BEAT Mk. II (C02) –

Development began in 1988, two years after the original model had gone on sale, with the styling work continuing until 1990. The design was frozen later that same year. Featuring many smoother surfaces and rounder design features, the new model was an extensive evolution next to the outgoing car and reflected the brands new, changing image.

haha wikipedia images amirite

Two bodystyles were introduced, 3- and 5-door hatchbacks, with the Sport Coupe being discontinued and partially replaced by the Beatbuggy. Due to the Avancer sedan being cancelled in 1990, a replacement was introduced in 1993 under the Dash nameplate and being based on the Beats C02 platform.

Sales were once again strong, beating out total sales of the first generation model after five years on the market. By the end of production in 1999, nearly 4 million units had been produced worldwide. The third generation entered production the same year.

The engine options ranged from a 1.4 to 1.8 liter inline-4s. All but the top-of-the-line GX models were equipped standard with a 5-speed manual, a 4-speed automatic was available for the mid-trim GL and standard on the GX.

The GTS nameplate returned for the 1996 model year, a whole 4 years after the original model had been discontinued. Once again, a 1.8 was re-tuned for the GTS but unlike the previous model, the Mk2 GTS did not include turbocharging. The tuned engine produced 127hp 157 Nm @ 4000RPM, leading to a 0-100km/h time of 8.4 seconds. Swapping out the old models 5-speed was an all-new 6-speed manual.

– 1993 KADETT DASH Mk. I

Replacing the earlier Avancer, the Beat-based Dash saloon was introduced to the British market in early 1993, the rest of the world receiving the model later the same year and US sales commencing in 1994.

While the exterior design is similar to the Beat, only the side windows and windscreen are shared with the hatchback. However, the interior was largely retained and so were the engines and transmission options.

As mentioned, the sedan was largely identical to the hatchbacks underneath the body. I’ve completely run out of words and inspiration, Kadett sucks. This identical setup set up the future for every following Beat and Dash generation.

A cousin to the Beat GTS, the Dash GVS was launched nearly two years before the GTS in 1994. It used the same 1.8 engine and 6-speed transmission, alongside the suspension setup- and tune. The only exterior changes compared to the normal model are the rear spoiler, unique GVS badging and the red strip running across the sides- and rear of the car.


Announced in 1994, the Kadett Beatbuggy was designed to attract young buyers looking for a distinctive and “cool” vehicle, something which would look like nothing else on the roads. As a result, the convertible features a three-tone look, large plastic cladding around the fenders and distinctive design cues featured throughout. These design features do also deceive the looks; despite the cladding and name, the Beatbuggy was never intended to be an off-roader. Only FWD, no diff locks, no low range mode.

Underneath, it’s a Beat. The suspension, engine, gearbox and virtually everything else under the skin was retained from the C02 platform. The only offered engine was the non-GTS 1.8 liter inline-4 and a 4-speed auto. That allowed to costs to be kept down, something that was useful when it came to the roof.

The convertible top rolls down electrically on the side bars, ending up on top of the rear hatch. This results in the hatch itself opening up from top.

This shit wasn’t even close to being a sales success - over a period of just three years, 18,560 units were produced. The Beatbuggy was put out of its misery in 1997 and never received a successor, leaving it as Kadett’s only compact convertible.



With so many choices available, from mild-mannered base model to extra-spicy GTS, the second-generation Beat (and by extension, the 4-door Dash) would certainly have been the small cars to beat throughout the 1990s!



The second generation Kadett Beaterra is a returning urban crossover sports activity utility vehicle (UCSAUV) that combines the engaging handling and fun looks of the Beat hatchback with the practicality and utility of a crossover.

Stylish, expressive and modern in design, the 2021 Beaterra represents a sporty and alternative to traditional hatchbacks. Creating an emotion that can only be described as fear, the large and imposing grille creates a trademark look that distinguishes the model from any other car on sale. It’s a mystery why no-one has ever thought of this before.

BEATERRA | Powertrains




The Kadett Beaterra is powered by a range of powerful, turbocharged engines, giving buyers several choices to meet every driving need.

For MY2021, one Turbocharged Direct Injection engine is available, the 2.0 liter PNS four-cylinder. Equipped from the Beat, the PNS produces power. This engine allows the Beaterra to smoothly accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 8 seconds, all the while achieving over 46MPG or under 5l/100km. Further engines from the Beat lineup will be available for the 2022 model year.

A 6-speed manual or 7-speed SmartShift™ automatic: no matter the choice, gearshifts in the Beaterra are smooth and provide a basis for great efficiency in city driving and nothing else.

BEATERRA | Customizability

From Orange Sunset to Red Intense, the 2021 Beaterra offers a wide range of ad-friendly colors and most importantly, a gradient from Black Complete to White Boy.

Wheels range from 17" to 20", contact your local dealership for more information.

BEATERRA | Pricing and Availability

The 2021 Beaterra will arrive in dealerships by the end of 2020. Pricing will start at 21,200€/$23,300


Please, to the creator of Kadett M.C., please, upload this to BeamNG. You would make us such abig favour by letting us drive it.

With the impending dawn of Automation’s 4.2 update, the following is a series showcasing the cars of Kadett, designed in 2020- and 21 which skipped out on receiving a dedicated forum post, before daddy killrob personally takes it upon himself to wipe each one from the databases forever. At least that’s how I envision it to be.

Part I
THE 2000s

- THE 2008 -

The Kadett Avatrek is a mid-size sport utility vehicle manufactured by the South Korean manufacturer Kadett since 2007. Kadett’s first mid-size SUV, it is positioned above the Quatrek compact crossover.


The first generation of the Avatrek made its debut in 2007 at the North American International Auto Show, with production starting later that same year. Korean sales began in 2009 under the name Kadett Avatar. Underneath, the model was based on an extended version of the Kadett Sway platform, with the two sharing four-cylinder engines.

- THE 2006 -

The Kadett Tour is a compact MPV produced by Kadett since the 2007 model year as a successor to the earlier Sway Casa.


This one time many years back, me and a mate buried a bird that had flown into the school building and died. We picked her up on a broken CD which laid on the ground nearby, dug a hole next to a tree and planted here there. Unanimously we decided her name was Mrs. Puffles.