is acity car produced by the South Korean automaker GM Daewoothathas been marketed worldwide since 1998. Available solely as a five-door hatchback with two engineconfigurations, Matiz was originally designed byItaldesign Giugiaroand has been. The car started production in 1998 with the model M100. The exterior design is based on the Lucciola concept byGiorgetto Giugiaro, rejected by Fiat S.p.A. The 0.8L engine and the transmission were carryoversfrom the Daewoo Tico. The car became the best selling Daewoo model in Europe for the next four
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years. InIndia, it was launched in 1999 as the Daewoo Matiz. General Motors India relaunched it asthe Chevrolet Spark in 2007.Daewoo Matiz was probably the most significant of the South Korean company's wave of fresh products launched in the late 1990s: certainly, it was the most advanced. Take the styling, penned by ItalDesign of Turin. This was the kind of car we read about as children - the kind of car we were told we would be driving in the Twenty First Century. Space for four adults, yet exterior dimensions that enable you to almost park sideways in the garage should you so wish.Prices for the Daewoo Matiz start at around £1,000 for a 1998 R-plate SE model. Expect to budget around £2,600 for a more recent 2003 52-registered example. The better-equipped SE+variant would start at £1,300 and reach £2,600 for a 2002 51-plate model. Pay an extra £100 for acar equipped with ABS and a £150 more if it has been specified with air-conditioning. Insurance isan almost negligible Group 2.The awards heaped upon the Matiz all testify to the fact that it hasn’tdeveloped any significant faults during its existence. It will in all likelihood have transportedchildren, so check the cabin for rips, stains and other damage wreaked by small hands. The luggage bays should also be examined for evidence of wear and tear.These models should have been exposed to a fair amount of city driving, so check theexterior for knocks and scrapes, and check under the bonnet for accident damage or paint overspray.Otherwise, the usual reminder to obtain a service history applies. The Daewoo after-sales package isexcellent, and a used Matiz may well be better serviced than many of its rivals. Avoid high-mileagecars if possible.