April 21, 2009

Chevrolet Captiva

A little history

Taking design cues from the S3X concept car presented by parent company Chevrolet, built on an extended version of the Saturn Vue’s platform, the Daewoo Windstorm appeared in 2006 as a 2007 model. General Motors’ strategy since its takeover of the South Korean company having been to limit the use of this brand to its native country, even if this SUV is widely exported it bears the name Chevrolet Captiva in most of the world, with the exception of Australasia where the car is rebadged as a Holden Captiva. A pretty large vehicle graced by a rather pleasant styling, the Windstorm/Captiva is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel, a 2.4-litre four or a 3.2-litre V6.

(This car’s history will be expanded in due time, please be patient.)

About the model

Model: Chevrolet Captiva
Year: 2006
Maker: Norev
Scale: 1/43
Distributed by: Norev
Acquired: new with neither box nor stand (probably a production overrun or quality control reject), in January 2007, in Hong Kong, S.A.R.

Facing the choice of buying either the model of a vintage automobile or that of a brand new car, I’ll always go for the older one. Nevertheless no rule goes without exception and on the date I bought this Captiva there could have hardly been a newer model. My decision probably has something to do with the quality and care for details that Norev displayed to reproduce this SUV. There isn’t much complaints I could make so I’ll give this die-cast a 15/20.



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