The 1st Generation Chevrolet Exclusive was introduced in 1998. The 1998 Chevrolet Exclusive is a front engine front wheel drive subcompact hatchback. The Chevrolet Exclusive was designed and produced by the South Korean manufacturer Daewoo and was later rebadged and sold by Chevrolet as the Chevrolet Exclusive. The Chevrolet Exclusive 1st Generation is also known as the Daewoo Matiz, Chevrolet Joy, Chevrolet Spark, FSO Matiz, Daewoo Matix and Pontiac G2 etc in other regions around the world. Production of the Chevrolet Exclusive lasted for 8 years, the Chevrolet Exclusive was available to purchase in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and the year 2005.
The price of the 1st Generation Chevrolet Exclusive was very competitive when compared with other cars of same price and type available at the time of production in the local market.
The exterior of the 1998 Chevrolet Exclusive features a relatively unique and distinctive design language. The front end houses circular headlights, a small rectangular grille and a trapezium air intake. The rear end houses sharp side swept taillights with circular inserts, a large outward sticking bumper and a standard case hatchback. All variants of the Chevrolet Exclusive feature same styling in every aspect. The overall exterior of the 1st Generation Chevrolet Exclusive takes a slightly old fashioned and “retro” approach to its styling.
The interior of the 1st Generation Chevrolet Exclusive compromises of black plastic trim pieces. The front and rear seats are covered in fabric. Standard features include a stereo speaker audio system and a tachometer. Options and features on the higher end models include front power windows, air conditioning, power steering, driver airbag, central locking and roof rails. The overall interior of the 1998 Chevrolet Exclusive lacks sufficient interior space for a subcompact hatchback of its exterior dimensions; the ride is uncomfortable and there is a general lack of refinement.