GM Daewoo launches new 'Tosca' sedan
Our Corporate Bureau
28 January 2008
GM Daewoo Auto and Technology Company (GMDAT) has announced that it would launch the new 'Tosca Premium 6', South Korea's first mid-sized sedan equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and other upgrades.
Company officials say that the wide 6.14:1 overall ratio of the new 'hydra-matic' automatic transmissions optimises engine use and delivers improved fuel economy at high speeds compared to typical four-speed automatic transmissions.
The wide overall ratio enables the Tosca Premium 6 with a 2.5-litre engine to deliver up to 15 per cent better fuel economy compared to its predecessor with a five-speed automatic transmission when constantly driven at 90-120 km/h.
"This is the first application of a six-speed automatic transmission in a mid-size sedan built by a Korean automaker," said GM Daewoo President and CEO Michael A Grimaldi. "It will further improve the performance and fuel efficiency of the vehicles we sell here and abroad.''
GM Daewoo, a unit of General Motors and South Korea's third-largest automaker, announced earlier this month that it intends to sell 140,000 vehicles in the country in 2008, up 7.2 per cent from last year, with several new models.