GM M platform

GM M platform

The GM M platform was the designation used by General Motors for the platform that underpinned the second and third generation Suzuki Cultus and its offspring.

The preceding platform had been designed by Suzuki for their 1983 Cultus, and adopted by Chevrolet with the introduction of the Sprint.

The second and third generations of this platform, first appearing in 1989 and 1995 respectively, were designed at GM's Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, while the engines and drivetrains were designed by Suzuki. From 1985 through 1989, all models were imported from Suzuki's facilities in Japan. In 1990, all North American M-cars were produced at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario with the exception of convertible body styles and turbocharged models imported from Japan.

The following vehicles used this platform:
Suzuki Cultus Generation II, GM M platform:

Pontiac Firefly
Canada all
1989-1994 Geo Metro N. America 2/3/5 c.
1988–1994 Holden Barina Australia 3/5 d.
1990–1994 Maruti Suzuki 1000 India 4
1995–2007 Maruti Suzuki Esteem India 4
Suzuki Jazz Chile un
1995–2003 Subaru Justy Europe 3/5 e.
19-- 2008 Suzuki Cultus Pakistan 5 f.
19-- 2007 Chang'an Suzuki Lingyang China 4
2= 2-dr convertible
3= 3-dr hatchback
4= 4-dr sedan
5= 5-dr hatchback
un = unknown
a. Manufactured at Magyar Suzuki
b. Imported to Colombia
c. Geo branded models in US after 1989, in Canada after 1992
d. MF, MH: only generations of 'Cultus-derived' Barina
e. Justy JMA/MS, manufactured at Magyar Suzuki
f. Manufactured at Paksuzuki

Suzuki Cultus Generation III, GM M platform:

Generation III
1995-2001 Suzuki Swift N. America 3
1995-2001 Pontiac Firefly Canada 3/4
1995-1997 Geo Metro N. America 3/4
1998-2001 Chevrolet Metro USA 3/4
3= 3-dr hatchback
4= 4-dr sedan

GM also used a different M platform for its rear-wheel drive minivans, the Chevrolet Astro and the GMC Safari.

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