Daewoo Lanos Models and Lanos History

Part of a diverse South Korean company, Daewoo Motors operations dated back to 1937. In 1999, hoping to achieve similar success in international markets as Kia and Hyundai, Daewoo entered the United States. The Daewoo Lanos was the subcompact offering available under $10,000. Offered as a three-door hatchback and a four-door sedan in 1999, the Lanos featured styled by famed Italian automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaros Italdesign.


The Lanos was offered as the base S, SE and SX model for 1999 with either the sedan or hatchback body style. Propelling the Daewoo Lanos was a 105-horsepower 1.6-liter E-TEC powerplant that was developed with British engine manufacturer Riccardo. The engines variable induction system insured optimized performance would flow to a standard five-speed manual transmission. An optional four-speed automatic gearbox could also be ordered with the 1999 Lanos. Standard features found on the base 1999 Daewoo Lanos included dual front airbags and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo with cassette player.


Lanos SX models added air conditioning, alloy wheels and a compact disc player. In 2001, Daewoo consolidated the Lanos line-up to an S model as well as a Sport trimmed three-door hatchback. Originally in the United States, Daewoo vehicles were sold through an experimental network of college students operating on commission. Conventional auto dealerships for Daewoo products like the Lanos opened late in the 1999 calendar year in select markets. After a short-lived effort competing in the North American marketplace, Daewoo was forced to end availability of products like the Lanos after the 2002 model year. General Motors bought the financially troubled automaker that eventually became General Motors Korea. The successor to the Daewoo Lanos arrived to North American motorists as the Chevrolet Aveo.

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