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9 May 2001

The Leganza's 2.2-litre motor produces 100kW at 5200rpm and 191Nm of torque at 4000rpm

Manual transmission cars have a stiff aluminium sump to absorb engine vibration and resonance at high revs

A key design team focus was to engineer-out noise and vibration

The cabin floor and many panels are coated in a sound-absorbing material.

The $600 million Leganza project was benchmarked against the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry

The shape is the work if ItalDesign

The chassis was engineered by Daewoo's technical arm in Worthing, England, and refined by Lotus Engineering

The front MacPherson strut is located at two points to distribute road shock more widely while the rear struts are held by dual links

Increased toe-in promotes passive rear steer to improve control during high speed cornering

The power-assisted steering rack has a check valve which prevents road shock being magnified and passed up the column to the steering wheel.

The split fold rear seats increase the carrying capacity of the 400-litre boot

89 per cent of the Leganza is recyclable

Air-conditioning is standard on Leganza

Optional equipment includes passenger airbag, anti-lock brakes and leather trim with power driver's seat

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The Leganza uses a double overhead camshaft engine built by the Holden Engine Company in Melbourne

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