After just two weeks in operation, GM Daewoo is launching its second new car, a compact four-door saloon – the Daewoo Nubira.
The all-new Nubira follows in the wheel tracks of the Daewoo Kalos, the five-door hatchback that has been so well received since its reveal in Europe just a few months ago. The Nubira will make its public debut at the Seoul Motor Show (November 22 to December 1) and will go on sale immediately in Korea (locally marketed as the Daewoo Lacetti), with exports to Europe starting in the middle of 2003. The car is 4.5 metres long with a wheelbase of 2.6 metres and will compete in the lower medium sector of the UK market.
The Nubira was styled by Pininfarina and has a modern interior complemented by the use of high quality mouldings and materials. It will be powered by 1.6 and 1.8 litre four-cylinder engines each tuned to maximise fuel efficiency yet maintaining good throttle response for a rewarding driving experience. Optimised body structural design procedures coupled to the intelligent use of high-strength steels ensure good occupant protection and, based upon in-house testing and computer simulation, the GM Daewoo development team is confident of achieving a four-star NCAP rating. Attention to detail in engine and suspension isolation techniques ensures a particularly quiet ride.
The new Daewoo Nubira saloon will make its European premiere at Geneva in March 2003 and will be the first in a range, to be followed by five-door hatchback and estate car variants.
‘Having just two weeks ago launched a new company and the Daewoo Kalos five-door hatchback, it is particularly pleasing that our range will be joined by yet another attractively designed and value for money product in less than a year,’ said Andy Carroll, Managing Director of GM Daewoo UK. ‘Daewoo is quickly establishing itself as an eye-catching brand and we look forward to the all-new Nubira joining our stylish and competitive model line-up in the summer of next year.’Published 7 November 2002