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.
Short-lived and Problem-filled: The Suzuki Verona
Originally manufactured as the Daewoo Magnus in 2004, the badge-engineered Suzuki Verona was a mid-sized sedan that lived only until 2006. Throughout its short life, it tried in vain to woo consumers with its low price tag and pleasant interiors. However, it couldn't hold up a candle to its competitors because of its lack of safety features among other issues. Here are some of the common problems that Suzuki Verona owners have encountered:
Missing key safety features
When it first debuted in 2004, the Magnus/Verona did not have side and head curtain airbags. Its most basic model-variant, the S, did not come with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) even though this was available to the LX and EX variants. A standard tire-pressure monitoring system was not initially available until the 2005 redesign, which also added side airbags to all model-variants.
Performance and handling issues
In 2004, many reviewers were disappointed with the Verona's poor performance. Taking-off was sluggish and any changes in its automatic transmission kicked-in slowly. This is because it took this car 10.7 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph and 17.9 seconds to get to 78 mph. Furthermore, the Verona's 2.5-liter I6 engine was quite weak in the mid-sized sedan class, even when compared to I4 engines. It only produced 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque that could hardly carry its 3,446-pound bulk. This engine was also not as fuel efficient as its competitors, consuming 11.9 liters for every 100 kilometers on the highway. Meanwhile, many complaints were lodged because of the Verona's comforted-biased suspension. The car's springs were too soft so cornering tightly produced a lot of body roll.
Recalls and repair bulletins
By the end of its short life, several technical service bulletins (TSBs) were announced about the Suzuki Verona. These included a problem with a power steering pulley that could come apart from its 2005 and 2006 models. Various electrical issues were also experienced by 2004 and 2005 model owners due to damaged insulation on its wiring harness. These issues affected around 40 circuits, including the lights, fuel pump, and rear defogger circuits among others.
I misplaced the keys of my Suzuki Verona yesterday, and I think I lost it forever. I'm thinking of using a duplicate key, but I'm also afraid that the founder of my key might open my car when left unattended. What can I do to ensure peace of mind that my vehicle will still be secured?
If you are thinking of replacing all the locks of your vehicle, then you must be prepared to spend a lot of money. You might use up to a thousand dollars to have them all replaced. To ensure that your vehicle will be safe from theft while saving your money, you can have a new key made and also a new ignition lock cylinder. This way, your old key will no longer work in your vehicle. However, it is always important to ensure that your vehicle is parked in a safe place to minimize the chances of it being stolen.
It was time to replace my spark plugs, as my Suzuki Verona reached 30,000 miles again. So I bought new replacement parts online, and installed it by myself. I followed a video, and referred to the owner's manual as I do, and I was surprised when my vehicle won't start. What did I do wrong?
It's good to know that you've made it a habit to replace your spark plugs regularly. Damaged or worn out spark plugs can lead to various engine problems, such as misfires, poor fuel economy, and increased emissions. Now that you did it by yourself, it is common to encounter problems after installing it. In this particular situation, there could be some remaining oil in the spark plug tube wells before you took the old plugs out. If that's the case, you should change the valve cover gasket, as well as the spark plug tube seals in the valve cover to fix it. If all else fails, take your car to the mechanic to have it checked.
My vehicle has been having problems when accelerating. It also shudders, which makes me think that it has something to do with my catalytic converter. However, I don't know if I should replace the left or right cat, or both. How would I know?
If your vehicle is having a hard time accelerating, and you can smell a foul odor somewhere, then it is indeed a faulty catalytic converter. To know which cat should be replaced, you can go underneath the engine and use a small mallet to tap on it. When you hear a rattling sound, then the cat on that side should be replaced. However, if you can afford it, it is best to change both of your catalytic converter at once. This is to ensure that they will have the same lifespan. If you replace just one cat and you leave the other, eventually, the old one will wear out faster, making you experience the same problem all over again. It's better to replace both so that your vehicle will be as good as new.
Suzuki Verona: From Daewoos to Chevrolets to Suzuki
Internationally known as the Daewoo Magnus, the Suzuki Verona was introduced to the American market in 2004. This car was considered as Suzuki’s effort in making its own mark in the lucrative midsize sedan market. Though it had a low price, the Verona known for having well-made interiors and pleasant ride quality throughout its short run. Here’s a quick look at the Suzuki Verona from its beginning until its demise.
2000: The Daewoo Magnus in Korea
Before it was rebadged and sold in the United States, the Suzuki Verona found its roots in the Daewoo Magnus. The Magnus was created by Korean automaker Daewoo Motors before the company was purchased by General Motors. Internally, the Magnus model was known in the company as the V200. This vehicle was based on the Daewoo Leganza, which was designated as the V100. It is important to note, though, that the Magnus was created based on a stretched platform of the Leganza model. In 2006, the Magnus received a complete makeover and this resulted to a name change in the form of the Daewoo Tosca. This new vehicle was designated as the V250 and it ultimately replaced the Magnus in the Korean market shortly afterwards.
2000-2004: The Daewoo Evanda in Europe
The Daewoo Magnus was marketed as the Daewoo Evanda in Western Europe and it was known as the Chevrolet Evanda in a lot of Eastern European countries. Similar to the Magnus in Korea, the Evanda replaced Daewoo Leganza and Chevrolet Alero in the market. In 2004, however, the Daewoo brand was replaced by Chevrolet all throughout Europe.
2004: The Suzuki Verona in America
In 2004, the Daewoo Magnus was badge-engineered and it finally arrived in American shores as the Suzuki Verona. It was also sold in other regions such as Canada, China, Arabia, and parts of South America as the Chevrolet Epica. The Verona was Suzuki’s entry to the midsize sedan segment with the hopes of carving its niche in the said market with the help of the model. It was available in two trims—base and LX, which were powered by a 2.5 L inline six-cylinder engine that could churn out up to 155 hp. Upon release, Suzuki aimed to sell around 25,000 Verona units in the United States. However, this proved to be very difficult as the sales figures fell short of the company’s expectations. Many say that the failure in sales is due to the car’s modest features, which buyers did not appreciate.
2006: The Verona calls it a day
After just two years in the market with one generation produced, Suzuki dropped the mid-size Verona due to its poor sales performance. This taught the company that a low price tag isn’t enough to draw in enough buyers, especially if there are better options in the market.