Chevrolet Motor Cars is American Car Company which was founded in 1911 in Detroit by William Duran. The title company has been named in favor of famous race car driver at the time. Today, Louis Chevrolet sports victories are almost forgotten, but the brand under its flag has achieved great success. Chevrolet is known for excellent and affordable cars. Suzuki has announced its plans to import to Japan car Chevrolet Optra, which is manufactured by GMDAT, which represents Korean branch of General Motors (GM Daewoo). On January 21, 2005 Japan will begin selling of sedan Optra and from February 15, 2005 station wagon Optra Wagon.
Chevrolet Optra took its place among the vehicles of “C”-class car segment. It has unique and stylish look. With smooth lines and curved corners of the body, fog lamps and chrome radiator grill, it looks like a gracefully performed vehicle with sportive and European shapes. This is the first case when Japanese automaker imports the Korean cars. Chevrolet Optra car features a combination of low prices and great functional abilities, the elegant and sporty design, created by developments of General Motors in Europe. Korean vehicles of this model which are sold in Japan will be equipped with right-hand drive and a 2.0-liter engine.
Elite models available in the Chevrolet Optra include: Chevrolet Optra 1.6 LS, Chevrolet Optra 1.6 LT, Chevrolet Optra 1.6 Max, Chevrolet Optra 2.0 LS, Chevrolet Optra 2.0 LT and Chevrolet Optra 2.0 MAX. First three vehicles are equipped with the petrol variants of engine, but the last three cars obtain diesel version of engine. Variety of possible painting of Optra includes choice of seven colors: ice blue, cashmere, metallic platinum, flashing red, white Casablanca, sparkling diamond and intense black. Without having their own cars of this class, Suzuki has set its sights on expanding its customer base through imports. Chevrolet Optra price in Japan will be approximately: for the sedan - 1.732 million yen ($ 16,500) and for the wagon - 1,837,500 yen ($ 17,500).