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Daewoo expansion in the European market was based on a licensed production for the older Opel Kadett, but in 1994 the Korean car-maker introduced a restyled version: the Cielo/Nexia.

Due to copyright issues, the car was named differently in various markets where it was sold. The contract with the GM allowed them to use only one engine choice, which was improved over the years. But the aged platform and outdated interior made it a poor choice for the European customers. It was still under production when Daewoo filed for bankruptcy.

The exterior lines resembled those of a Kadett, but with smoother lines and narrower headlights. From the sides, the curved body and door panels were similar to the ones used before, but the door-mirrors were painted in body color. The Nexia/Cielo was offered as a 3- and 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan. Daewoo didn't have the right to built the station-wagon version of the Kadett.

Inside, there was a simple design layout with four dials in the instrument cluster with a center-mounted speedometer. On the center stack, there were the radio-cassette player and the climate control knobs. For upper trim levels, it was available with an AC-unit. Despite its short wheelbase, it offered enough legroom for the rear passengers.

Under the hood, Daewoo installed a 1.5-liter engine with multipoint fuel injection. Previously, the same engine was fed by a single-point system. It was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, and a 3-speed auto was offered as an option.

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DAEWOO Cielo/Nexia 1994 - 1997
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.5L 4AT (90 HP)
  • 1.5L 5MT (75 HP)
  • 1.5L 5MT (90 HP)
  1 hybrid engine
  • 1.5L CNG 5MT (71 HP)
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DAEWOO Cielo/Nexia Brochure

DAEWOO Cielo/Nexia 1.5L 4AT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 4AT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 4800 RPM
90 HP @ 4800 RPM
89 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
101 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
137 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.5 in (4483 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.8 in (1392 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.4 in (1,400/1,407 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.5 in (165 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.6 cuFT (527 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2377 lbs (1078 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
170 g/km

DAEWOO Cielo/Nexia 1.5L 5MT (75 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 5MT (75 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
55 KW @ 5400 RPM
75 HP @ 5400 RPM
74 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
92 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
124 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
101.3 mph (163 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.5 in (4483 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.8 in (1392 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.4 in (1,400/1,407 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.5 in (165 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.6 cuFT (527 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2072.7 lbs (940 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3098 lbs (1405 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25.3 mpg US (9.3 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km

DAEWOO Cielo/Nexia 1.5L 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 4800 RPM
90 HP @ 4800 RPM
89 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
101 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
137 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
105.6 mph (170 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155 R 13
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.5 in (4483 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.8 in (1392 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.4 in (1,400/1,407 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.5 in (165 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.6 cuFT (527 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2392.4 lbs (1085 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417.8 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
155 g/km

DAEWOO Cielo/Nexia 1.5L CNG 5MT (71 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.5L CNG 5MT (71 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1498 cm3
Power
52 KW @ 4800 RPM
71 HP @ 4800 RPM
70 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
81 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
110 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
90.1 mph (145 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70 R13T
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.5 in (4483 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.8 in (1392 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.1/55.4 in (1,400/1,407 mm)
Wheelbase
99.2 in (2520 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.5 in (165 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.6 cuFT (527 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2072.7 lbs (940 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3098 lbs (1405 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
190 g/km
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