Daewoo Leganza

The Daewoo Laganza name combines the Italian elegante and forza (meaning power). Also famously called the "lasagna" by some, it is a motor vehicle produced by the Daewoo company in Korea between 1997 and 2008.

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Daewoo Laganza Origins

The Daewoo Laganza is the model developed in response to the Daewoo Espero, a car that resembles the Citroën Xantia. The Laganza was released during a period in which Daewoo was aggressively pushing its cars into the world market. The Laganza was produced in several different countries including Poland, Romania, and Russia. In Russia, the car carries the name Dininvest Kondor, but elsewhere the Laganza sells under its own name. It is sold as a cheap executive car, due to its length, which made it quite a bit larger than most of the European cars of its time.

Daewoo Laganza Features

The car is a midsize sedan built to replace GM-produced sedans of the same size. The car was designed by the famous Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose best-known designs include the Alfa Romeo, the VW Golf I, the Lotus Esprit, and the world famous time traveling car, the DeLorean.

A car from such a famous designer may lead you to believe that this one is an eye-catcher, but the Laganza is subtle and toned down. It is a short car, fairly standard, and an excellent looking automobile. This car would certainly be more than satisfactory for anyone looking for a straightforward ride.

The four-door car has a lot of room. It seats up to five passengers. Again, there’s nothing flashy on the inside of the car, but it is comfortable and has with an adjustable seat. However, road noise can be a problem in the Laganza due to poor insulation and the design of the body. Noise from the engine is also an issue, especially during acceleration.

The unit houses a Holden 4-cylinder engine, made exclusively for GM Daewoo and GM India. Two variations of the engine were made during the vehicle production. The 2.0-liter engine produces 133 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque. This engine is used on the European models. The second engine, a 2.2-liter, produces 136 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque. The second model was sold throughout Australia and America. Both of the ECO-TECH II engines use a five-speed manual transmission (mainly in European and Australian markets) or a four-speed automatic (in America).

The Daewoo Laganza was officially discontinued in 2002, although some vehicles were still produced in Egypt until 2008. The Daewoo Magnus replaced the Laganza; although the vehicle began production in 2000, just three years after the Laganza was introduced.

Daewoo Laganza Evolution

The Laganza experienced very little change during its production. It did not receive a facelift like other Daewoo products of similar styling. The wheelbase shows improvement, however, for the V100 platform the car was built on, lengthened by 1.2 inches. However, this larger wheelbase was never used for the Laganza and was instead reserved for the Daewoo Magnus, which would succeed the Laganza.

Certain improvements to the vehicle were introduced in the Australian market due to the poor performance of the 2.0-liter engine and the bad operation of the shifting system, which is tough to use and often slips gears down to second while cruising. An electronic shifting system replaced the hydraulic one, and that solved the problem. If you are hunting for a Laganza, you may wish to consider only purchasing one with the 2.2-liter engine and the transmission improvements. Otherwise you might find yourself struggling to operate the car.

In 2001, the car received cushy interior upgrades including leather interior, wood-grain trimming, and a driver’s seat that adjusts by using an electrical system instead of the old manual operating system.

Also in 2001, the design received a small change in the form of a new front grille design. The Magnus was launched internationally after Daewoo decided to discontinue the Laganza line in 2002. No replacement for the Laganza was introduced in the United Kingdom and European Ireland until 2007, when the Chevrolet Epica (really a Daewoo Tosca) was released on the islands.

If you want an unassuming car you may want to choose the Laganza. However, be sure to choose the 2.2-liter model. The later years of the Laganza also provide the best performance.

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2002 Daewoo Leganza

Midsize, Sedan

The Daewoo Leganza entered the U.

2001 Daewoo Leganza

Midsize, Sedan

Daewoo is not one of the better known automobile manufacturers in most of the world, since it only briefly attempted to compete outside of Korea using its own brand name and models.

2000 Daewoo Leganza

Midsize, Sedan

The 2000 Daewoo Leganza is an attractive four-door sedan.

1999 Daewoo Leganza

Midsize, Sedan

The 1999 Daewoo Leganza is a front-drive, compact sedan that is identified as a luxury model.