2023 Author: Erin Ralphs | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:31
Back in 1993, the Korean company Daewoo thought about creating a completely new model among mass and budget cars. Literally two years later, the first 150 test models were released, and in 1997 the Daewoo Lanos was presented at the popular European Motor Show in Geneva. From the same year, the full production of these machines began. The task of the Koreans from Daewoo was to create a more comfortable and modern car based on the existing Nexia, and Toyota Tercel, Opel Astra and Volkswagen Golf were boldly considered as competitors.
Work on the car
The Koreans spent more than 400 million dollars on the development of the Lanos model - a very decent amount in those days. The design of the car was developed by specialists at Ital Design, led by the famous Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro. It was their version that won the competition out of 4 possible appearances of the model due to the fact that it turned out to be very bold and unusual. The very same "Lanos", a photo of which can be seen in the article -the result of the work not only of the Daewoo research center, but also of many European giant companies in the automotive industry (Delco, Porshe, GM Powertrain, etc.). The work on the creation and development of the Lanos model included dozens of tests and trials in different parts of the world. In the UK, the new "Korean" as a concept has been tested for safety, stability and reliability at high speeds and revs. The braking system was also tested there. Russia, Canada and Sweden have become a kind of testing ground for Lanos at low temperatures, and high-temperature testing has taken place in the USA, Italy and Spain.
From 1997 to 2002, this model could be found in every car market, regardless of the country. Those copies that were assembled in Vietnam and, accordingly, in Korea, initially went on sale in Asian countries. After the need arose to expand purchases, Poland, Ukraine and Russia received official permission to assemble. Among those leaving the assembly line in the last listed countries were those cars that were exported to the north of America, the west of Europe and Australia. When production ceased, the number of outlets dropped sharply: first in Russia, then in the Republic of Korea and then in Poland.
For the internal needs of Ukraine, cars come from the Zaporozhye plant, which exports copies to some European and Asian states; Egypt receives spare parts so that Africa can producemachines for their customers.
The Daewoo Lanos was produced, the characteristics of which were liked by most consumers, as mentioned above, first in Korea, then production migrated to Europe. For example, in Poland, its assembly was carried out until 2008. With the accession of Daewoo to the General Motors concern, since 2002, Lanos began to be sold under the Chevrolet brand. So, since 2004, serial production of the model has been launched at the Zaporizhzhya plant in Ukraine - up to 90 thousand copies a year dispersed from there around the world. Since 2008, the car has entered the markets of various countries under the brands Daewoo, ZAZ, Chevrolet.
During the entire production period of the model, the Daewoo Lanos line had 2 bodies, which were named T100 and T150. Their most striking difference is the updated rear optics of the new generation. The sedan became the most popular model for the Lanos, less often you can find five- and three-door hatchbacks. Until 2002, a small batch of Lanos was produced in the back of a convertible. The word Cabrio was added to such models in the title. It is almost impossible to meet Daewoo Lanos as a convertible in Russia, most of them went to the market of southern Europe. At the Ukrainian enterprise ZAZ, even single commercial Lanos pickups were produced, but such cars are now a real rarity.
The car throughout its history was supplied with 4 engines ranging from 1.3 to 1.6 liters, giving power from 75 to 106 horsepower. Most often installed unit 1,5 SOHC, in the development of which German specialists from the Porshe concern also took part. This motor produces 86 hp. s., allowing you to pick up speed of 100 km / h in 12.5 seconds. The maximum that a car with such a power unit can give out does not exceed 172 km / h.
Weaker engines with volumes of 1, 3 and 1.4 liters had 75 and 77 liters each. With. respectively. These installations, not distinguished by high power, accelerated Lanos (photo below) to hundreds in at least 15 seconds. At the same time, they themselves were completely borrowed from Tavria. An interesting fact is that the 1.3 liter engine was originally produced with both an injector and a carburetor.
In general, all engines are quite reliable and, with proper maintenance, without any problems overcame the mark of 300 thousand kilometers without major repairs. All three units described above are equipped with an 8-valve cylinder head. The 1.6 liter (106 hp) engine has 16 valves and is structurally different from other power plants on the Daewoo Lanos by the type of gas distribution mechanism in which there are no phase adjustments.
If we talk about consumption, then for the same 1.5-liter engine, the manufacturer indicated 6.7 liters per hundred. Unfortunately, at least one Lanos owner has hardly managed to achieve such an indicator - the average highway / city consumption is 8 and 10 liters. Therefore, this aspect can be attributed to the minuses of the machine.
Lanos car: price
The price of the Daewoo Lanos model in Russia, regardless of the brand under which it was produced (ZAZ, Chevrolet), beganfrom the mark of 254 thousand rubles and never exceeded 400 thousand.
From the very first day of release, Daewoo Lanos was equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox. Such a "Lanos" transmission became famous for its reliability and very rarely gave the owners trouble. Some drivers say that on their cars, a manual transmission with regular oil changes nursed more than 300 thousand kilometers without requiring any change of even one part. Daewoo Lanos entered the Ukrainian market in December 2011. Instances had an automatic transmission. As with the mechanics, there are few complaints about the automatic transmission. This box supports all the necessary functions: engine braking, low gears and even a sport mode.
The clearance of Daewoo Lanos declared by the manufacturer is 150 mm, which, let's say, is not the best figure in the class. Therefore, the installation of crankcase and gearbox protection was the first necessity after buying a car. Riding on light off-road or dirt is the weak point of the Daewoo Lanos series models.
In conclusion, after analyzing many tests and characteristics from car magazines and owners, we can say that the advantages of the Lanos model (reviews confirm these facts) include good suspension performance and reliability, low cost of the car, optimal price ratio and quality. The disadvantages are high fuel consumption in the city, low ground clearance and a small interior, where it is especially crowded for passengers in the back seat. Daewoo Lanos belongs to the budget segment,where each representative can be identified many pluses and minuses. Another thing is important - this model, unlike other representatives of this class, has a rich history and great popularity.