Lacetti has a high torsional stiffness bodyshell which, coupled with rigorous testing equating to over one and a quarter million miles, guarantees both a high level of active and passive safety and excellent handling performance. The new model has sophisticated independent suspension using MacPherson struts front and rear. Wheel control at the front is taken care of by an A-frame arm, while at the rear, there are two additional wishbones and one trailing arm link. Four disc brakes and standard four-channel ABS ensure good braking performance. Front and side airbags and five three-point safety belts – the fronts also have a belt force limiter – are fitted as standard for passenger protection.
Although the new Daewoo model will be made at Gunsan in South Korea, the European influence during its development was considerable. With its stylish Italian design from Giugiaro and its thorough steering and suspension tuning undertaken in the UK at the MIRA test site near Nuneaton, it is geared exactly to the needs of Europe. Many technical components also come from well-known European suppliers – Bosch, for example, will supply the ABS system, Siemens Automotive was the development partner for the airbags and the emission control system, and ZF and Aisin Warner will produce the automatic transmissions.
Peace of Mind assured
Like all Daewoo models, the new Lacetti will come with Daewoo’s Peace of Mind Package of 3-years’/60,000 miles free servicing, 3-year/60,000 mile warranty and 3-year AA Total recovery, plus an Institute of Advanced Motorists driving course. An added bonus is that the free servicing element is transferable to a subsequent owner should the vehicle be sold within the three-year period, adding value to the resale price of the car.
The new Lacetti will be available through the full Daewoo UK retail network. On-sale date and full vehicle specification and pricing will be announced early in 2004.Published 9 August 2003