I had the American equivalent of that car as recently as 2002.
It was a 1995 Saturn SL base model. I added AC as an option, but the car had manual transmission, manual windows, manual locks, manual steering, manual seats, manual mirrors, etc. I got my screen name from that car! It also had a plastic body and bumpers. It got an actual 40 mpg on freeway trips and had 135,000 when it left the family (still going). I’d have kept it forever, but was given a company car and didn’t need it anymore. Extremely simple car and easy to work on. I’m no mechanic, but I only ever paid a garage to do any work to it twice. The rest of the maintenance and repairs I did myself.
Of course, it also had dual airbags, side impact reinforcing bars, Volvo-like steel spaceframe and good crash ratings for its day. At 2,000# and $9,999 base price (the special edition offered in 2002 with AC), it wasn’t exactly dirt cheap, but possibly the best value for dependable transportation at the time in America.
That was a great car and I still miss it every time I fill up the gas tank!
I don’t think a few of you have any idea what a third world country is like. Lack of AC and airbags won’t even register on those folks radar. They’ve not likely ever experienced either of them before. Many don’t have electricity or running water in their homes!
I think Nissan currently offers a Versa sedan for $9,999, but no AC. I can’t imagine paying more than that for a base Chevy Aveo, but I’ve never been much impressed with Daewoo products, so I’d not recommend that one anyways. Right now, you can probably get a new base model Chevy Cobalt with AC for about $12,000, which is possibly the best value in a liveable, new, stripped down econocar. (And get 37 mpg rated highway, which under the old system would have matched my 40 mpg rated Saturn)