Daewoo Espero

The Daewoo Espero (also known as Daewoo Aranos in some Spanish-speaking countries) was a four-door, five-seater mid-sized fastback saloon produced by the South Korean company Daewoo Motors from September 1990 to 1997. It was technically based on the GM J platform and had the distinction of a body designed by Bertone. It bore more than a passing resemblance to the Citroën Xantia, itself also a Bertone design. The car was equipped with Holden-built GM Family 1 1.5L 90hp (67kW; 91PS) engine, or the 1.8 95hp (71kW; 96PS) or 2.0L 108.5hp (81kW; 110PS) Family II engine. The Espero was replaced by the Daewoo Leganza in 1997.

The Espero was renamed Aranos in some but not all Spanish-speaking countries (not in Argentina and Chile for instance), since the word Espero means "I wait" in Spanish. Such a name was deemed less than marketable.

In Australia it was sold from 1995 to 1996 before it was replaced in 1997 by the Leganza. It was powered by the 2.0 litre GM Family II engine and was available with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.

The Espero's 2.0 litre engine was built in Australia and exported to other countries for assembly.

7.5 with 12 votes

Design: 7.6
Comfort: 6.7
Reliability: 8.4
Costs: 8.1
Performance: 6.7
Price: 1000 $


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