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By Rick Popely
April 24, 2001
Vehicle Overview The front-drive Lanos is the smallest model in Daewoos three-car U.S. lineup, and for 2001 it has a revised roster.
The SE two-door hatchback is gone, replaced by a new Sport model with standard red leather seats and interior trim; air conditioning; power windows, locks and mirrors; and a stereo with cassette and CD players. The SX sedan also has disappeared, leaving the S as the only four-door model. The S hatchback model returns from last year, and both body styles have new rear styling.
Daewoo is based in Korea, and a For Sale sign remains in front of the companys headquarters. Ford was in line to buy the financially strapped Korean company but withdrew its bid in September.
Exterior The Lanos two-door hatchback is 160 inches long, and the four-door sedan measures 167 inches. By comparison, the Ford Focus hatchback is 168 inches long and the Focus sedan is 175.
Interior Hatchback or sedan, Daewoo says the Lanos holds five passengers, though that seems a stretch given the modest size of these cars. The trunk on both holds 8.8 cubic feet, and the split rear seatback folds for additional cargo space. All models have a standard cassette player.
Under the Hood All models have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 105 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.