• Sep 11th 2007 at 7:04PM
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Ladies and gentlemen, the new Chevy Aveo for the European market is proof positive the grass is not always greener on the other side (at least for now). Previously known as the Kalos in Europe, the new Aveo five-door should vaguely remind you of the same car sold in the U.S. as the Chevy Aveo5. Except, that is, for the hyperbolic front end with its gargantuan grille. When we first reported on the car prior to the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, there were actually many readers who commented on how much they liked the car's new looks. These people are more than welcome to move to Europe, as far as we're concerned. (I'm into my fourth stein at the moment, so excuse me for my frankness). The cherry on top of the Aveo's design is surely its fender vents, which tie with those on the 2008 Ford Focus for most useless.

What's worse, the Aveo is powered by your choice of a 1.2L producing 84 HP or a 1.4L producing 98 HP, neither of which is powerful enough to whisk you away from the pointing and giggling you'll encounter while behind the wheel. Chevy calls the interior "high-class", though we think you'll agree after seeing it in pictures that the wide expanse of unadorned black plastic says otherwise.

We said earlier that the grass isn't greener on the other side for now because, well, this car could be coming to the U.S. At the moment, both the U.S. and Europe are sold similar version of the Chevy Aveo four-door sedan. While Chevy still offers us the current gen Aveo5, there's a good chance it will be replaced with this one soon. Sigh...


New Chevrolet Aveo: striking exterior, new entry-level petrol model

• Hatchback and notchback models to bear same name in future
• Striking exterior and high-class interior
• Two petrol engines with 84 and 98 hp; manual or automatic transmission

Zurich. Chevrolet Europe's success story began with the Kalos in 2002. In 2006, the compact-class model range was extended with the introduction of the Aveo hatchback wagon. Since 2002, GM's value brand has sold more than 381,000 vehicles in this compact series to customers throughout Europe. These key models have, in turn, made a significant contribution to Chevrolet's success in the first half of 2007, when the brand chalked up a total of 215,315 unit sales across Europe, achieving a market share of some 1.8 per cent – its best performance to date.

Chevrolet Europe will present the Kalos' successor at the Frankfurt Motor Show (13 to 23 September 2007). The most significant features of this completely reworked model are its striking exterior, its high-class interior and a new, even more efficient petrol engine. Like its notchback stable mate, the new hatchback model will now bear the Aveo name throughout Europe. The five-door hatchback model will be first to hit European showrooms (in March 2008), followed by the three-door model a few weeks later. Like all Chevrolets, the new Aveo will stand out for its excellent value for money.

The Aveo hatchback sports Chevrolet's new design features, as characterised by the big horizontally split radiator grille with a body-coloured crossbeam and the brand logo sitting prominently in the center. The dynamic detailing includes large, curved clear-glass headlamps and fog lamps that project like spotlights from the lower part of the bumper. The bonnet follows the lines of the radiator grille. Eye-catching contours, which flow from the bonnet to the A-pillar, highlight the sporty look.

Additional indicators in the side sections in front of the exterior mirrors enhance safety. In profile, the body's prominent shoulder lines catch the eye, as does their dynamic beading that sweeps from the front to the rear door. The back of the car is dominated by the solid bumper and the round tail lamps in a clear-glass housing.

The modern and high-quality instrument panel is divided into four chrome-trimmed controls and a centre console with striking air vents, a fully integrated audio unit, and large, user-friendly air-conditioning dials. The smooth plastic surfaces and the soft-touch finish of both the instrument panel and the upper half of the door panel are pleasant to the touch.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      sure the grill is too big, its not that bad. the rest of the car is nice
      • 8 Years Ago
      NeutralNonsense @ Sep 11th 2007 10:27PM
      If by excitement you mean the sheer terror one feels as they merge onto the highway in this thing then yes I suppose its exciting.

      LOL.... I agree. I had an Accent for 3 weeks, due to a fender bender. It was ok on country roads, that weren't too busy(to get up to 55 MPH in 10-11 seconds), but on the hwy, more traffic, those times really feel slow, and took some planning when merging.
      I prefered to miss the (65MPH, heavily travelled)expressways when I travelled, if possible.
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks kinda agressive
      and it also looks like an Audi copy
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, this is going to take some getting used to.
      I thought the original styling of the Aveo was far to bland so maybe I'll like this one eventually.
      I can only wonder what the Canada market only Pontiac Wave will look like.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Canada AND Mexico, actually. ;V

        I'm thinking it might end up looking like a cross between the G6 and G8 (front grille, I mean)... :o

        Tail lights and the interior will probably be different on the US-spec model (especially the dash, which was borrowed from the G3/Wave).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a very nice car. But, alas, it is a made by someone other than Toyota or Honda, so it has to be "junk". Whatever!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The mouth on that thing is way too open. It must be about the same size as an Audi A8's... on a compact car size frame!
        • 8 Years Ago
        • 8 Years Ago
        Howard - I googled her name... that is going waaay back. I see what you mean and I do agree!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What Mr. Neff, the author/supposed objective purveyor of auto articles, fails to convey is that this vehicle looks too potent for its own good ... not that it is ugly or unattractive.

      There is nothing unattractive about this entry level mode of transportation. In fact, it looks better than almost everything with which it competes ... the problem is it looks too sporty without being able to bite as big as it barks.

      I can forgive GM for trying too hard in the aesthetics department but I can't forgive them for failing in the performance department.

      Oh, and Mr. Neff, next time keep your own opinion (which in this case is a minority here) to yourself ... it makes you look foolish.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A few of the author's comments are right on. The passenger side of the dash is a huge expanse of black plastic. The grill is a bit big and those vents do look stupid. But other than that, I personally like the rest of the dash and the exterior styling. I don't think it is as attractive as a Fit but it is miles ahead of the laughable Yaris. If they would just cut the lower grill in half I think it could be the best looking car in its class. Reminds me a bit of the Matrix, which I think is really attactive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems' like if you want a decent American car, you have to move to Europe to buy one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ehhh Neff is Drunk . Don't presume to make your opinion so highly revered. The front styling looks a lot like the Groove/Beat. Styling many thousands of people voted for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh my God... It's an Avelibu!
      • 8 Years Ago
      proof that you can NOT Tahoe a compact car
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