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40 of the best cars from a century of Canadian car production

40 of the best cars from a century of Canadian car production

Asuna Sunrunner (1992)

In the late 1980s, GM established the Passport dealer network in Canada to market imported Isuzu, Saab and Daewoo vehicles, of which the Optima (sold in the US as the Pontiac LeMans) became the only vehicle with the passport emblem. The failed venture was busted in 1991 before the arrival of Saturn, with the Korean-made Optima being rebranded for 1993 in Canada under another new brand, Asüna.

Geo-badged Suzukis like the Tracker and Metro have been made since 1989 at the purpose-built GM-Suzuki ‘CAMI’ joint venture plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. They were sold in Canada as Chevrolets before the Asüna Sunrunner arrived in Pontiac-Buick dealerships in 1992. The small 4×4 was yet another version of the Geo/Chevrolet/GMC Tracker, also known as Suzuki Sidekick/Vitara/Escudo/Santana. Like Passport, the Asüna brand wasn’t around for long, with the Sunrunner becoming a Pontiac in 1994.