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Chevrolet Lumina


1994 Chevrolet Lumina

1994 Chevrolet Lumina
Sales dipped alarmingly for the 1994 Lumina,
in part because of the lack of air bags.

The 1994 Chevrolet Lumina entered its final season in its original form before a 1995 restyle, having never quite lived up to Chevy's sales expectations.

Always an "also ran" next to Ford's Taurus, it would be replaced with a restyled version at midyear. As a result, changes were few, encompassing more in the way of deletions than improvements.

The base coupe was discontinued, leaving Euro and Z34 versions. Sedans continued in base and Euro trim, offering a Euro 3.4 option package.

Since it enticed few buyers and was rather weak for a car this size, the previously standard 2.2-liter four was dropped this year. Base and Euro models therefore came standard with a 140-horsepower 3.1-liter V-6, while the Z34 coupe and Euro 3.4 sedan again carried GM's Twin Dual Cam 3.4-liter V-6 offering 200 horsepower.

The previous five-speed manual and three-speed automatic transmissions were abandoned, so all Luminas came with a four-speed automatic that gained electronic controls.

One of the Lumina's problems was that it still lacked any air bags at a time when most competitors had one and many had two. Instead, Chevy's mid-size entry made do with door-mounted seat belts that could be left buckled to automatically deploy when the doors were closed.

This was a poor substitute in many buyers' eyes, and Lumina's laudably standard anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes were never seen as a notable advantage.

1994 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 coupe
Standard anti-lock brakes were a big plus for the 1994 Lumina.

1994 Chevrolet Lumina Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Lumina

3,333-3,440

$15,305-$18,675

86,626

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