Daewoo Challenge Facts and Figures

Start: GM Daewoo UK headquarters, Luton, England on Monday, 9 June, 2003

Finish: GM Daewoo International headquarters, Incheon/Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday, 8 October, 2003

19,000 kilometres total driving distance, 25 countries visited (17 capital cities)

UK, Holland, Belgium, France (Paris), Germany, Switzerland, Italy (Rome), Austria (Vienna), Hungary (Budapest), Serbia-Montenegro (Belgrade), Macedonia (Skopje), Greece (Athens), Turkey (Ankara), Georgia (Tbilisi), Azerbaijan (Baku), Kazakstan, Uzbekistan (Tashkent), Afghanistan (Kabul), Pakistan, India (Delhi), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Thailand (Bangkok), Laos, Vietnam (Hanoi), Korea (Seoul)

121 days total journey time

80 days travelling time, 41 days waiting/transfer time in Bangladesh (Myanmar visa refusal); Thailand (customs clearance), Vietnam (customs clearance); South Korea (waiting for boat from Vietnam)

15 visits to SOS Children’s Villages

Diessen (Germany), Rome (Italy), Imst (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Athens (Greece), Baku (Azerbaijan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Lahore (Pakistan), Delhi & Calcutta (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Bangpoo (Thailand), Hanoi (Vietnam), Daegu (Korea)

11 GM Daewoo and GM stopovers

Luton (UK offices), Breda on Dutch/Belgian border (European parts distribution centre), Paris (French HQ), Rome (Italian HQ), Vienna (new Nubira press launch), Athens (Greek HQ), Tashkent (Uzbek dealer), Delhi (Indian dealer), Bangkok (Thailand dealer), Hanoi (VIDAMCO assembly plant), Seoul (world HQ)

Modifications to the Daewoo Kalos 1.4 – Drivers’ remarks

Under-body protection: "a highly-necessary shield from rocks and flying debris"

Strengthened suspension: "an imperative for pot holed, unmade roads and cart-tracks"

Extra fuel tank: "a ‘must’ for more places in the world than you think!"

Extra spotlights: "excellent for picking out wandering cattle at night and cyclists without lights"

Bull-bars: "not needed, but certainly might have been"

Steel wall tyres: "remarkable, the originals finished the trip"

Roof luggage box: "watertight and indispensable"

Published 11 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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