The Daewoo Magnus is a midsize sedan developed and manufactured by Daewoo Motors until its purchase by General Motors, and now built for GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GMDAT) by Daewoo Incheon Motor Company at its Bupyeong facility in South Korea. GM Daewoo and other GM divisions, as well as GM affiliate Suzuki, have been marketing this car under different badges in various countries. The car is also known under its internal Daewoo designation of V200.
The V200 is a further development of the Daewoo Leganza (model V100), based on a stretched platform of that model. Launched in 2000, it was sold alongside the Leganza in Korea until the end of V100's production in 2002, when it also superseded it in export markets. The V200 itself has been given an extensive facelift for 2006, which resulted in the model known as V250, or Daewoo Tosca in Korea. The V250 will completely supersede all versions of the V200 during 2006.
The Evanda comes equipped with the Daewoo-developed XK6 inline-6 engine (DOHC 20V, 155 hp at 5800 RPM, 177 ft·lbf of torque at 4000 RPM - Canadian specification) or a Holden-built 2.0L E-TEC }} inline-4 (OHC 8v) carried over from the Leganza. ItalDesign of Italy was resposible for the styling and design of both the Leganza and Magnus. However, the upcoming V250 was styled in Korea by GM Daewoo.
V200 in export markerts
The V200 was marketed as Daewoo Evanda in Western Europe, and Chevrolet Evanda in many Eastern European countries where GM did not use the Daewoo brand, as locally-manufactured versions of old Daewoo models were still sold under that marque. Later, in 2004, the entire Daewoo brand was replaced by Chevrolet in all Europe, with models renamed accrodingly.
The Evanda is also badge-engineered as the Suzuki Verona in North America and Chevrolet Epica in other markets. It was not sold in Australia, but it is speculated that the V250 might be sold there by Holden either as a replacement for the Opel-sourced Vectra or alongside it. However, Suzuki announced it would drop the Verona after the 2006 model year due to poor sales.
Chevrolet Epica (Canada, Chile and Colombia)
The Chevrolet Epica is sold in Canada in two trim levels, the LS and LT. For model year 2005, both versions feature the 2.5 liter inline-6, driving the front wheels through an electronically controlled four speed automatic transmission. The car is positioned as an economical luxury entry, with the LS model equipped with 8 way power seat, 15 inch alloy wheels, 4 wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, and CD player. The LT version adds traction control, ABS, and sunroof, all also optional for the LS model. Base price is $24,710 (Canadian) for the LS and $27,400 (Canadian) for the LT. In price, it is Chevrolet's top-of-the-line sedan in Canada, priced above the larger Impala, but slots in size between the Cobalt and Malibu. Sales of the Epica are slow in Canada, with the Impala and Malibu outselling those two models.
- Official U.S. Website
- Official Canadian Suzuki Verona Website
- Official Canadian Chevrolet Epica Website