Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Chevy for the People!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Chevy for the People!

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Byline: By Chris Russon

What's in a name? Well in the case of the all new Matiz city car it is very important.

This little car won the hearts of thousands of motorists as a Daewoo.

Now it wears the badge of Chevrolet ( and that is all down to a new strategy from parent company General Motors, which owns both brands.

So it's bye-bye Daewoo and welcome Chevrolet as the standard bearer for GM's assault on the popular car market. But new badge or not, the latest version of the Matiz picks up where the old one left off.

It is still built in South Korea and styled by Italian design house Giugaro which means the Matiz has retained its friendly front end smile courtesy of its cheeky curves.

All round it is better than before and represents terrific value for money. The basic Matiz SE costs pounds 6,595 and the price includes three years' free servicing that is transferable to a new owner if the car is sold.

That is in addition to three years' warranty and three years' membership to AA Total Recovery. Realistically all you have to do is insure and tax the car, then add petrol.

Even there the Matiz also has other bonuses ( a low CO2 exhaust emission rating of 139g/km results in a discounted pounds 105 a year car tax fee for private motorists while it also has a Group Two insurance rating.

On top of that its one-litre engine can average 50 miles per gallon.

For low cost motoring the Matiz is compelling stuff and as everyday cars go it fits the bill perfectly. It is pleasant and purposeful, simple to drive and its small dimensions make it so easy to park.

The most obvious changes to the new models compared to the original are restyled lamp clusters front and back and posh-looking ten spoke wheels.

Inside, the fabrics used in the upholstery are of improved quality and while the instrument panel remains in the centre of the fascia the information display features improved graphics in a warning light panel that is sited in front of the driver. …

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