Daewoo Nexia Cold Start, Daewoo Cielo, Daewoo Heaven
The Daewoo LeMans/Racer is a compact car, first manufactured by Daewoo
Motors in South Korea between 1986 and 1994. It was replaced by the
facelifted Daewoo Cielo—a car mechanically identical to the LeMans,
differentiated only by its modified styling cues. The Cielo was
subsequently replaced by the subcompact Daewoo Lanos and the compact Nubira
in 1997, except in some Central Asian markets for which production of the
four-door continues in Uzbekistan.
Like all Daewoos preceding it, the LeMans took its underpinnings from a
European Opel design. In the case of the LeMans, the GM T platform-based
Opel Kadett E was the donor vehicle, essentially just badge engineered into
the form of the LeMans, and later as the Cielo after a second more thorough
In markets outside of South Korea, the original version of the car bore the
Asüna GT, Asüna SE, Daewoo 1.5i, Daewoo Fantasy, Daewoo Pointer, Daewoo
Racer, Passport Optima and Pontiac LeMans names. The original Opel donor
car had also been badge-engineered for the United Kingdom market as the
Mark II Vauxhall Astra in hatchback form and Vauxhall Belmont as a saloon.
The LeMans was updated in 1994 and renamed the Daewoo Cielo in South Korea
and some other international markets; the "LeMans" nameplate was not used
at all for the facelifted model. Five-door hatchback models exported to
Europe were badged Daewoo Nexia with the Daewoo Racer name used seemingly
at random on various bodystyles. The Daewoo Heaven name has also been used.