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The first-generation Lacetti was available as a four-door sedana five-door hatchback or a five-door station wagon. The sedan and wagon were designed by Pininfarinaand the hatchback by Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The hatchback, known as Daewoo Lacetti5 in South Korea, was introduced in The original Lacetti was also sold under the Daewoo Nubira name in Europe, whilst Chevrolet marketed the car under the Nubira and Lacetti nameplates in various countries.
In Novemberthe second-generation Lacetti was launched under the name Daewoo Lacetti Premierebeing a badge-engineered version of the Chevrolet Cruze —though co-developed by GM Daewoo and Chevrolet. It was produced under the Daewoo marque until the beginning ofwhen the latter was discontinued, but it continues production under the Chevrolet and Holden brands.
The name Lacetti comes from the Latin language term "Lacertus" which means youthful, strong and energetic. Lacetti was developed based on its predecessor Nubira under Daewoo before it was acquired by GM. A pre-production prototype of the five-door hatchback, styled by Giorgetto Giugiarowas shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with production starting in December. At the Geneva Motor Show in MarchDaewoo revealed the station wagon body variant penned by Pininfarina with the hatchback's updated interior and a facelifted derivative of the sedan's frontal styling.
The facelift replaced the three-slot grille with a single item for a new full-length item featuring a bold horizontal bar capped in the center by the company's logo.
The wagon's door handles ditch the lift-up variety from the sedan and hatchback for pullout versions. The hatchback also received new door chevrolet lacetti btcchinar around this time.
The sedan was facelifted for some markets fromreceiving the same front end as the hatchback featured since its debut. Chevrolet lacetti btcchinar version was only produced in certain countries, such as ColombiaIndia or Thailand, and in in Uzbekistan as the Daewoo Gentra. In South Korea, chevrolet lacetti btcchinar four-door Daewoo Lacetti was released in The five-door hatchback showed off only after the facelift of the sedan, which mainly included a new front grill, switching from a three-part corporate Daewoo grill to a simpler, Chevrolet-style grill.
The hatchback name was Lacetti5, offering a specific design for the front, rear and dashboard. The wagon version, called simply the Lacetti Wagon, was introduced in late —though it was already sold in many other countries.
It had the same dashboard as the hatchback, with the sedan front end. When the Lacetti Premiere was introduced in Novemberthe sedan and wagon version sales were discontinued, leaving the only hatchback in the range, renamed Lacetti EX. The Lacetti EX was discontinued in October It was introduced at around the same time as the Daewoo Gentra -based Holden Barina.
Unlike the Barina, however, the Viva was meant to be below the chevrolet lacetti btcchinar Holden Astra as a budget alternative. With the release of the all new Chevrolet lacetti btcchinar Cruze in mid the Viva ceased to be sold in Australia.
In New Zealand, where many cars are imported second-hand from Japan, several Japanese specification Chevrolet Optra sedans and wagons were also sold. The sedan was available for model years and chevrolet lacetti btcchinar, but was removed for All are powered by the 2.
Despite its compact size and the 2. The car was positioned as a versatile and fun to drive but affordable budget compact family car. Brakes are disc, front and rear. Independent suspension, inch wheels, and CD player were standard on the LS sedan, with optional ABS and air conditioning; the LT adds standard air conditioning and cruise control, standard fog lamps on both LS and LT, and an optional sunroof.
The sedan is rated as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle. The Optra5 hatchback was added to the line-up for and was more contemporary in chevrolet lacetti btcchinar and equipment, with projector type headlights and fog lamps, clear taillight lenses, and blackout grille. Chevrolet lacetti btcchinar addition to the same options available on the sedan LS and LT models, an options chevrolet lacetti btcchinar contained alloy wheels, sunroof, spoiler, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and steering wheel mounted controls for the eight-speaker audio system.
General Motors Canada discontinued the importation of Optra for The sedan, which is also assembled in China, features an updated exterior. This second generation hatchback Buick Excelle XTmaking its debut inis actually a replica of the Opel Astra hatchback adapted to Chinese conditions. The corresponding sedan Excelle GT made its debut in China in A version of this sedan for North America was introduced for model year as Buick Veranochevrolet lacetti btcchinar as Opel Astra sedan in other parts of the world.
In Europe, the car was initially sold as the Daewoo Nubira, with the production model being introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September However, by the end ofit was rebadged Chevrolet Lacetti throughout the continent.
As with its home market, in some European markets, the Lacetti name is also used for the entire range of sedan, station wagon and hatchback models on the same J-series platform. In Finland and Germany, for example, only the hatchback is sold under the Lacetti name. The European models were initially only available with the following gasoline powered four-cylinder engines:.
A diesel -powered version was later added to the line-up with these specifications:. In Europe, the sedan version was initially sold as the Daewoo Nubira. However, in lateit was announced that Daewoo would be rebranded Chevrolet in some European markets. The Chevrolet Nubira went on sale in earlyinitially only in Eastern Europe. When Daewoo was rebranded Chevrolet across Europe by the end ofthe Chevrolet Nubira was renamed Chevrolet Lacetti in some markets for the model year, which expanded the Lacetti line-up to include both the sedan and station wagon versions in addition to the five-door hatchback version, in line with Korea.
The engines built for the Nubira and its badge-engineered twins are the same as in the Lacetti hatchback and its badge-engineered versions. The Optra was sold with two engine options, 1. The Magnum sported the family nose, and better interiors chevrolet lacetti btcchinar compared to the petrol chevrolet lacetti btcchinar, also a new 2.
Subsequently the petrol version received the new nose treatment as that of the Optra SRV, but with a slightly different front grill and tail lights, and was sold as the Optra Magnum petrol.
The S-RV succumbed to competition from cheaper cars and was eventually discontinued in It had a 1. In Pakistan, the car came in three trim levels, 1. SE trim models came with manual transmission only, whilst LS and CDX models came with five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. Sales however, were poorer than chevrolet lacetti btcchinar and all models were withdrawn from sale. It was available in two trim levels, the LS and the LT. Both came with either a five-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission with a console shift.
The Optra Wagon was powered by a 1. Chevrolet lacetti btcchinar Optra was limited in sales due to the exterior dimensions exceeding 1, millimetres In Mexico, the Lacetti came chevrolet lacetti btcchinar the market in as Optra to replace the Chevrolet Astraand it was sold only as chevrolet lacetti btcchinar sedan. The Optra was phased out after the model year in favour of the Chevrolet Cruzealthough for now, the Mexican Cruze is an imported model from South Korea.
The Lacetti as a best seller was launched in Colombiaunder the Chevrolet brand as Chevrolet Optra, in with the sedan version having the following engine options:. In the hatchback version was introduced, with only the aforementioned 1. Bythe 1. In addition, the design of wheels, and the grille chevrolet lacetti btcchinar updated for all models offered. Inthe saloon version received a facelift marketed as Chevrolet Optra Advance, with a sportier interior and front styling similar to that of the hatchback, it was sold with GM's 1.
In Indonesiathe sedan is simply called Optra or Optra Magnum for the facelift model, and Estate for the station wagon. The vehicles use the 1. Suzuki marketed a rebadged Lacetti chevrolet lacetti btcchinar the Forenza and Reno beginning in the United States in —following the end of Daewoo's North American operations in chevrolet lacetti btcchinar replacing the Chevrolet lacetti btcchinar Nubira station wagon and sedan.
In the territories of Chevrolet lacetti btcchinar and Northern Mariana Islandsit was sold as a Chevrolet Optra, but it was only available as a sedan. The US model line features chevrolet lacetti btcchinar 2. The Forenza and the Reno were discontinued within the model year, the Reno being replaced by the Suzuki SX4 sedan after the model year and the Forenza by the Chevrolet Cruze. The Chevrolet Optra chevrolet lacetti btcchinar the Iraqi market in with the 1.
It is marketed throughout the CIS countries. It was sold as the Chevrolet Lacetti and includes 5-door hatchbacksedan and station wagon models.
The entire line of models were produced at the Avtotor plant in Kaliningrad with full cycle of manufacturing until After license agreement between GM and Daewoo ended, UzDaewoo now GM Uzbekistan re-branded all of its lineup as Ravon, due to impossibility of using both Daewoo and Chevrolet names in Russia Chevrolet withdrew from the Russian market in early due to the economic crisis.
The Russian models are available with the following gasoline -powered four-cylinder engines:. The Chevrolet Lacetti was chosen as the new "reasonably-priced car" for Top Gear 's "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car"  segment for season 8 inreplacing the Suzuki Lianawhich had ceased chevrolet lacetti btcchinar. In this segment of the show, celebrity guests set timed laps of the Top Gear test chevrolet lacetti btcchinar driving the Lacetti. An industrial chimney was demolished, collapsing over and almost completely burying the car under rubble.
Soon afterwards, the new reasonably priced car, a Kia Cee'dwas unveiled to viewers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Chevrolet Optra sedan pre-facelift, with original grille and lift-up door handles. Daewoo Lacetti wagon facelift, with updated grille and pull-out door handles.
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