Daewoo Lanos

The design for the Daewoo Lanos should be credited to Giorgetto Giugiaro. This model was a subcompact car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and produced by Daewoo Motors from 1997 to 2005. Over the years, three body styles of the Lanos were available: a 2-door hatchback, a 4-door hatchback and a sedan. All three of the models were equipped with GM Family 1 D-TEC engines ranging from 1.5 L (1549cc) SOHC to 1.6 L (1598cc) DOHC. Drivers in the UK can also get their hands on E-TEC models 1.4 (1349cc) and 1.6 (1598cc). The three different models are tagged the standard S, SE, SX, with the SX being the top of the range car. The suspension of the Lanos is built upon that of a Vauxhall/Opel Astra Mk2 GTE. The Lanos name was finally phased out after the 2002 model year. Don't be confused; the car was still being made only under a different moniker. In Korea and Australia it was known as the Daewoo Kalos. State side, Daewoo's operations in North America were wound up in 2002, and thus the Lanos was discontinued due to poor sales. Drivers in North America may recognize though the Aveo, which is in fact the same car only rebadged. It made this return for the 2004 model year. In actuality there is not much worth mentioning about this vehicle except a little bit about the taillights of the car. The 2001 and 2002 models have a peculiar feature in that their backlights are asymmetric with the reverse light on the left and fog light on the right side. Given that this is the highlight of the vehicle it is not hard to understand why it is not the popular among car buyers. Granted this model is fairly prevalent as a fleet model and can be found as a rental car as the smallest and cheapest option available.