Daewoo Auto Canada Inc. launched its three-car lineup in Canada in March through a handful of dealers in Ontario and Quebec.
The Korean carmaker plans to have eight Ontario dealers in place by the end of May.
The figure is expected to rise to a dozen by midsummer, plus 10 to 12 in Quebec, according to company spokesman Ralph Luciw. It plans to sell 6,000 units this year.
Distribution will be extended to Canada's maritime provinces and British Columbia next year and to the prairie provinces at some point in the future.
Daewoo expects sales to climb to 10,000 units in 2000.
Meanwhile, Kia Motors of Canada, a subsidiary of Kia Motors of America, is going ahead with plans to launch its Sephia sedan and Sportage sport-utility in Ontario and Quebec this August.
It plans eventually to franchise 70 dealers and expects sales this year to reach 5,000 units.