Digging Deep About the Suzuki Verona's Name
- Daewoo Motors, a South Korean automaker, designed a mid-sized sedan that was internally designated as the V200. When it was released to the public, it became known as the Daewoo Magnus, but it has been known by other names and in other badges since then. Americans knew it best as the short-lived badge-engineered Suzuki Verona.
- Eastern Europe has always called the Suzuki Verona as the Chevrolet Evanda. But, the Western half of the continent knew this car as the Daewoo Evanda from 2000 until 2004, when the entire Daewoo brand was replaced by Chevrolet in all of Europe.
- The Suzuki Verona was sold as the Chevrolet Epica in Canada, China, some South American countries, and the Arabian Peninsula. For a brief period of time, this sedan was sold in the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands under the same name.
- In some Asian countries, the Suzuki Verona was known as the Formosa Magnus or the Formosa 1. Formosa is the Portuguese word for "beautiful island" and it used to be the name of Taiwan, where a lot of Daewoo vehicles were manufactured.
- William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has a line that goes "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." And this can certainly be applied to the Suzuki Verona and its other names. Verona can also be traced to Shakespeare's play about two star-crossed lovers since Verona is also the name of the city where the fictional tragedy takes place.
- The Suzuki Verona's V200 base has also been developed into other models. A stretched platform model was known as the V100 and was sold in Korea as the Daewoo Leganza. Meanwhile, when the V200 was given a facelift in 2002, a V250 model became the result. It became known as the Daewoo Tosca.
- The Suzuki Verona may have been designed by South Koreans and manufactured in Taiwan, but its styling came from an Italian design firm called ItalDesign. Meanwhile, one of its engine options is based on the 2.0-liter E-TEC II Inline-4 (DOHC 16V) built by Holden, the Australian automaker.