The History of Daewoo Matiz

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The History Of Daewoo Matiz

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The Matiz is a city car produced by the Korean automaker GM Daewoo has been marketed worldwide 1998. Available solely as a hatchback with two engine and replacing the Daewoo Tico, the was originally designed by Italdesign and has been facelifted twice.

the Matiz was at the center of a 2006 intellectual property rights its design allegedly copied by Chinese manufacturer Chery’s QQ.

The Daewoo Matiz started in 1998 and sold in South and many European markets the code name M100. The design is based on the Lucciola, a Cinquecento concept by Italdesign which had been rejected by The 0.8-litre gasoline engine and the were carryovers from the Tico.

The car became the best selling model in Europe for the next years.

Body styles

The is available in one body style: a hatchback.

Engine configurations

The was originally launched with a 0.8L 3-cylinder engine, with the 2001 model-year a 1.0L 4-cylinder was added to the models of the range. In 2008 the was revised to fall below the level, thus qualifying for the £35 road tax band and no London Charge.


A facelifted (codenamed M150) was introduced in Korea in late 2000, and from 2001. Following takeover by General Motors in the engine range was updated a 1.0-litre S-Tec unit.

In 2005 the Matiz received a (M200), based on the Chevrolet M3X car shown at 2004 Paris Show. The S-Tec engines updated and the car’s drag was lowered, resulting in better economy. One notable feature of car is its centre-mounted instrument cluster.

The Alto platform will be with a new city car platform by GM Daewoo engineers and based on GM platform.


The 2005 Matiz scored three (with one strike through) in the crash test: The final occupant protection star is through because there was an high risk of life-threatening to the chest in side impact. Overall this is a creditable from a car without a side By contrast, the pre-2005 Daewoo was awarded 72% in the side impact NCAP

In Europe, the Matiz is equipped front seatbelt pretensioners, seatbelt load limiters, and passenger frontal airbags and rear anchorages.

Chinese controversy

Also marketed in as the Chevrolet Spark, the Matiz has at the center of an industrial rights ever since a very car, the Chery QQ, had been by local manufacturer Chery

GM sued Chery, alleging of the Spark design, and proving the of the copy in that the doors of the car and Chevrolet Spark were interchangeable.

GM China Group the two vehicles shared remarkably body structure, exterior interior design and key components. called the QQ a carbon

The International Herald Tribune in a article, referred to the QQ as a clone.

the controversy in important context, the News reported that the reflects the confusion, risks and in China’s new auto industry, global carmakers are battling upstarts for a piece of what may the world’s largest auto


Daewoo Damas

From 1998 2001, the Matiz was sold in under Chevrolet Matiz. 2001 until 2006, it was under Chevrolet Matiz II. In both models were and marketed by Suzuki Motor

In 2006, it took the Daewoo

In India, it was launched in 1999 as the Matiz. General Motors relaunched it as the Chevrolet Spark in

In Pakistan, the car was initially introduced as Exclusive in 2003. It is currently by Nexus Automotive under the Chevrolet Joy.

In the Philippines, the was available during the years through the Grey Market. In it was released under the name Spark.


From until 2004, the Matiz was in Europe under the Daewoo In 2005, it took the Chevrolet as well as the other South models of General Motors.

2000, CKD kits have supplied UzDaewooAuto, FSO and Rodae, to be and sold in Uzbekistan, Poland and respectively. At the beginning of 2005, the Matiz started to be sold the marque FSO (FSO Matiz), obtained autonomy. New models of are sold as Chevrolet Spark.

Latin America

In Mexico, the was introduced to the market in 2003. The model was renamed to Pontiac G2. It was also sold as Pontiac and Pontiac G2.

In the Dominican Republic it is as the Chevy Spark. Also is the Chery QQ.

In Colombia, the Matiz was by Daewoo distributors between and 2005 and then GM Colmotores to assemble and sell it branded as Spark. In 2006, a taxi called 7/24 was launched.

In Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru and it is sold as the Chevrolet Spark.

In it was initially sold as Daewoo , but from 2008 it is sold Chevrolet dealers.

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