Daewoo’s award-winning Matiz with its 800cc three-cylinder engine has always been acclaimed for its sprightly performance about town. For the motorist who travels longer distances or requires more overtaking performance, Daewoo now has the answer – Matiz with a four-cylinder 1.0 litre engine.
The new Matiz 1.0 litre engine develops 62.4 hp @ 5400 rpm, a 12 hp increase on the 800 cc engine. Torque has also risen to 87.3 Nm @ 4200 rpm, providing a useful increase in through-the-gears performance for overtaking. Top speed is 94.4 mph with a 0-62 mph acceleration figure of 14.9 seconds. Fuel consumption in the urban cycle is 44.4 mpg; extra-urban is 28.6 mpg with a total of 36.7 mpg.
The Daewoo Matiz has helped to rewrite the rulebook for city-cars since its introduction in 1998. It introduced a new concept to the sector – style, a car with optimum space utilisation that wasn’t all straight lines. Like the new Kalos, Matiz was designed by Giugiaro’s team, its cheery persona giving it a classless appeal. It quickly became the choice of the cost-conscious city dweller or young family who typically wanted a small manoeuvrable car or second runabout that offered space, five doors and excellent value for money. Since launch it has won several major awards including Auto Express and BBC Top Gear’s ‘Best Small Car’. In 2001, Auto Express voted Matiz ‘Best Budget Car’. In the recent J.D. Power UK Car Customer Satisfaction Survey, Matiz was rated as the best car in the "Ownership Costs" category. The Daewoo brand as a whole also came top of the survey’s "Cost Of Service/Repair" category.
The new 1.0 litre Matiz will priced at £6895 on-the-road (£300 above the 800 cc car) and will be available at Daewoo retailers nationwide early in 2003.Published 15 November 2002