For those who are at all familiar with the South Korean brand Daewoo, it’s probably the massive former conglomerate’s inexpensive consumer electronics that come to mind. But another of Daewoo’s companies made cars, too, and for a short time, some of them were even available in the Western Hemisphere. A lot’s happened to the Daewoo conglomerate in the last decade or so for political and economic reasons, but the Daewoo Motors division was able to survive, even if the actual cars are a rare sighting. Check out Autobytel’s gallery of Daewoo pictures to see the rise and fall of these small econoboxes and family oriented cars.
A lot of people don’t know that Daewoo Motors actually has had a long-running connection to General Motors. Many of Daewoo’s early domestic models (cars that were never sold in the United States) were based on GM models, although that might not always be apparent based just on Daewoo photos. Between 1999 and 2001, Daewoo Motors ran into some financial troubles and had to go through a partial liquidation, with a lot of assets ending up in the hands of GM, which resulted in GM eventually acquiring the whole company. Though Daewoo stopped selling Daewoo-branded cars in the United States after only a few years, some of GM’s smaller models, most notably subcompact Chevrolets, are some of the products of the Daewoo acquisition. The Daewoo images collection shows models without a cohesive branding or style, thanks to decades of evolving allegiances and partnerships.