• Nov 14th 2007 at 4:31PM
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click above image to view high-res gallery of the Chevy Aveo5

For 2008, Chevy is adding to its small car lineup with the return of the Aveo5. Two trim levels are being offered, including a Special Value Model and LS. Key standard features include 60/40 flip-and-fold rear seats, standard dual front and side-impact air bags, and body-color rear-view mirrors and door handles. Those wanting a little more with the LS version can opt for ABS brakes, cruise control, power sunroof, remote keyless entry, a six-speaker sound system and more.

The look of the new Aveo5 is identical to the one introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show for the European market. Whereas the Euro model features your choice of a 1.2L producing 84 HP or a 1.4L producing 98 HP, the U.S. version will only be available with a 1.6L Ecotec four-cylinder producing 107 HP. The looks, however, are the same, which in our humble opinion is not a good thing. Surprisingly, many of you disagreed with us when the Euro-market Aveo5 debuted, claiming that it's not that bad. Still think so?

Hit the jump for a full Chevy's official press release and view our gallery of high-res live shots below.

[Source: GM]



LOS ANGELES – Proving that fuel solutions can be wrapped in bold, fun packages, Chevrolet unveiled the 2009 Aveo5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The redesigned challenger to the economy segment delivers exceptional, EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway (with the standard five-speed manual transmission) – and is expected to be the lowest-priced car in America when it goes on sale in 2008.

"Chevrolet is committed to fuel solutions of all types, and the new Aveo5 demonstrates that gasoline remains viable in a highly efficient, affordable package," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "It is a terrific value, with a worry-free ownership experience that has the lowest ownership cost of any vehicle on the market, yet it packs all of Chevy's fun-to-drive spirit."

The new '09 Aveo5 reaffirms the brand's value position and builds on it with features expected in larger, more expensive cars – such as standard OnStar and available XM Satellite Radio – as well as its signature "tall car" design that enables surprising passenger and cargo room. It is powered by a new, fuel-sipping, 1.6L DOHC engine with variable valve timing that produces more power (107 hp / 80 kW) and strong torque (106-lb.-ft. / 143 Nm) – and has been tuned for quieter performance.

"Customers will be surprised by the 'big' features of the Aveo5 – big room, big style, big refinement and, of course, big fuel economy," said Peper. "It is a flexible car that provides untold capabilities, with cargo features and flexibility that change as your needs change."

Indeed, the Aveo5's efficiency and flexibility go hand in hand. With its improved fuel economy among the best on the market using regular gasoline, the '09 Aveo5 can travel more than 400 miles (643 km) between fill-ups, resulting in fewer trips to the gas station and road trips that require fewer stops.

The Aveo5 goes on sale in mid-2008, joining the recently redesigned Aveo sedan. It is available in base, LS and LT trims – each backed by a "worry free" five-year/100,000-mile transferable powertrain warranty, plus Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation.

Bold, tall-car design

The Aveo5's dynamic, contemporary styling represents the global face of Chevrolet design. Redesigned, body-color fascias and chrome accents suggest a more expensive car, along with available features – such as its large power sunroof – that are unexpected in the segment, Aveo5 retains its characteristic "tall car" configuration, enabling a spacious interior, with generous headroom that is greater than many midsize sedans.

The front of the new Aveo5 features the bold, chrome-finished grille – with prominent gold Chevy bowtie – that is characteristic of all new members of the Chevrolet family, such as the Malibu. It is complemented with features that reinforce Aveo5's premium appearance, including new and distinctive chrome-finished side vents on the front fenders and jeweled-appearance headlamps.

The Aveo5's sleek styling accents longer, wider and taller dimensions, with sculpted lines and a wide, confident stance. Pronounced "shoulders" over the wheel openings and body-color door sills convey the look of a larger car. A more assertive, dynamic look is accomplished with crisp, V-shaped hood edges, bold front and rear fascias with premium cues, such as larger, available front fog lamps; a rear-fascia lower grille; and a larger available rear spoiler located on the trailing edge of the roof.

Ten exterior colors are available. They include: Summit White, Black Granite Metallic, Sport Red, Victory Red, Blue Moon, Bright Blue, Tahiti Green, Cosmic Silver, Medium Gray and Summer Yellow.

Roomy environment

The Aveo5's exterior is complemented by a quiet passenger cabin that features well-crafted details and generous standard features that enhance comfort. It is one of the most spacious vehicles in its class, with features and refinement comparable to more expensive vehicles.

With its signature "tall car" design, the Aveo5's generous dimensions easily accommodate 6-foot-tall passengers in each of the five seating positions. It also is a quiet interior environment, with soundproofing technologies that complement quieting powertrain enhancements and improved aerodynamics to provide a quiet, comfortable and vibration-free ride, even at higher speed.

Attention to comfort is evidenced in elements such as standard driver's seat armrests. Also, theater-style rear seating provides a commanding view for all passengers. A 60/40-split rear seat expands Aveo5's interior cargo capacity; and when more cargo-carrying capability is required, the rear seat can be flipped and folded, offering 42 cu. ft. (1,189 L) of cargo space.

Refined, well-appointed interior

The interior's contemporary appearance is achieved through sleek lines and the clever use of rich materials, including a new, available two-tone, charcoal/light gray design (on charcoal interiors) that provides a premium look and feel. Other premium appearance elements include technical-grain, low-gloss surfaces; wood grain, satin-chrome or carbon-fiber finishes on the instrument panel and door panels; and even perforated faux leather seating surfaces, steering wheel cover and shifter knob.

Additionally, clever details abound, such as a sunglasses holder; door pockets for books and maps; and hooks that can secure shopping bags. Unexpected value is delivered through more standard and available features – features not typically found in the segment, including:

  • Fully reclining front seats with convenience hooks
  • Six-way-adjustable seats – plus driver lumbar adjustment
  • Tilting steering wheel
  • Driver information center
  • Oil Life Monitoring System
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows and locks
  • Heated, dual power body-color foldaway outside mirrors
  • On-key (no separate fob) remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning with cabin filtration
  • Large, power-operated sunroof
  • Audio systems

Aveo5 LS models offer a standard AM/FM, four-speaker radio system, 36 presets and an auxiliary input jack for MP3 devices. An AM/FM radio with CD/MP3 capability (including an auxiliary input jack) and six-speaker sound system is standard on the LT and available on LS.

All Aveo5 radios are derived from GM's new family of premium radio systems, which are distinguished by upscale appearance, simplicity of operation and range of features and capabilities. Steering wheel audio controls are standard on LT models

XM Satellite Radio – a popular choice among youthful customers – is standard on 1LT models and available on LS. It offers more than 100 channels of music, news, sports and entertainment. XM Satellite Radio must be activated and a subscription fee applies.

Ride and handling

The Aveo5 was developed for a dynamic, well-planted driving experience and fuel efficiency. It has a wide stance and long wheelbase (97.7 inches / 2,480 mm) to deliver a smooth, confident ride. A MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension (with gas-charged shocks) deliver refined ride and handling characteristics.

Power-assisted, variable-rate rack-and-pinion steering is standard, with the steering gear is mounted on the front suspension cross member for precise action and stability. Fourteen-inch wheels are standard, but sporty 15-inch alloy wheels are available.

As a global car, the Aveo5 was tested and validated for a broad range of driving and road conditions. The suspension system is inspired by the driving experiences of European sports sedans yet tuned for contemporary American driving tastes – a combination that delivers both smoothness and a responsive, spirited driving experience.


Supporting Aveo5's responsive and economical driving experience is a new, Ecotec 1.6L DOHC four-cylinder powertrain. The sophisticated engine uses Dual Continuous Variable Cam Phasing – two continuously adjustable camshafts – to optimize the charge cycle for fuel economy and performance. As a result, this 16-valve DOHC engine delivers more horsepower than the previous engine, with ratings of 107 horsepower (80 kw)* and 106 lb.-ft. of torque (143 Nm)*, and nearly 8-percent improved fuel efficiency when compared to the previous Aveo5 model.

The new, 1.6L engine features additional technology highlights to improve fuel economy, quality, reliability and durability, including:

  • New four-in-one sheet metal exhaust manifold, with integrated catalytic converter and secondary underfloor catalytic converter
  • Engine oil cooler and piston oil squirters
  • New GM-corporate engine control system
  • Electronically controlled thermostat
  • Oil Life Monitoring System
  • Additionally, the engine is tuned for quieter performance, with a more pleasing sound during acceleration.

A smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission is standard and an Aisin four-speed automatic with Hold Control Mode is available. Hold Control Mode is a special feature that helps reduce wheel spin and traction loss on slick roads by allowing the driver to select and hold a higher gear, thus reducing torque.

Safety features

A comprehensive system of safety and security technologies is designed to meet safety standards of markets around the globe. The Aveo5's safety starts with a high-strength steel structure that creates a safety cage around the passenger compartment. The structure features strength-enhancing, tailor-welded blanks that help avoid protrusions into the passenger compartment.

The Aveo5 also comes standard with advanced dual-stage frontal air bags and the GM Passenger Sensing System, as well as standard h ead/thorax seat-mounted side air bags for front passengers. The head/thorax seat-mounted side air bags deploy during side impacts and are triggered by a sophisticated sensor system in the front doors.

The brake system on the Aveo5 is available with a four-channel ABS system. The four-sensor system – one at each wheel – incorporates electronic brake force distribution, which balances braking performance based on road conditions the weight of passengers and/or cargo.

Additional Aveo5 safety features include:

  • Front safety belt pretensioners
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Knee bolsters
  • Height-adjustable shoulder belt anchors
  • Lower Anchors and Top Tether for Children (LATCH) for rear seats
  • Rear child safety door locks
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
All Aveo5 models come standard with OnStar Gen 7, which features advanced automatic crash notification, remote diagnostics and a monthly status report. OnStar provides the responsiveness of a trained operator to assist you at the touch of a button. From security features of operator directions, remote diagnostics, lockout service, roadside assistance to emergency response, OnStar offers the assistance you need when you need it. Aveo5 (and Aveo sedan) is the only car in its class with this safety and convenience feature.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great. Soon, this atrocity will soon start replacing the kinda-cute original as the entry-level rental at my local Enterprise. Now I *have* to take the upgrade, free or not. Thanks a heap, GM.

      Those who think the Aveo isn't a bad car are right, in that there aren't any "bad" cars in today's market. But they also clearly haven't driven a Fit or Versa. I can endure a couple of hours behind the wheel of an Aveo, but a stick-shift Fit is genuinely good fun to drive.

      Did I mention the Aveo is every bit as imported as the Honda? Made in South Korea, folks. By Daewoo.

      And cripes, if you're going to drive a car this small, at least drive one that gets better than 24/34 MPG (the EPA's numbers for the automatic Aveo). That's just embarrassing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Interesting that I get 37MPG average with my auto, then. :p

        See my message on page one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still think it isn't that bad, but it NEEDS better looking wheels, it NEEDS better looking paint, and it NEEDS the visual stance of the Frankfurt model
      • 7 Years Ago
      goodness gracious...these designs are what killed GM....amongst other things.

      *sigh* anyway, hurry up GM, get it out of your system, then replace it with the Beat
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think its ugly but i would rather have the Beat. The Beat looks more sporty. The Aveo says, I'll get there when i please and I'm not paying very much to get there, thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think it is bad looking. They had to raise the nose for European crash standards. Billybob in his F250 or vette will hate this. i'm sure the person who buys this isnt an ego driven person to begin with .they don't care what billybobs flapping lips are spooge'n out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      EPA-estimated fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway
      We owned a 3 cylinder Geo Metro 10 years ago & got 60 MPG. Aren't we going backwards?
      How about some real fuel efficiency so we can buy a new car?
        • 7 Years Ago
        60mpg is obtainable with a 3-cylinder engine and 16 second 0-60 times. p.s. the car will turn to powder in a crash test.

        Gee, I wonder why not many people went for that option.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The model we owned was the XFI and no longer available after I totalled mine.

        Hate to disappoint you, but I was getting 60 MPG. If you couldn't get that with a manual transmission, you need to re-think your driving habits. Much of our driving was not highway.

        In the snow or when I needed A/C, I alternated with an 87 Accord LX that got +40 MPG. When I gave it away with + 200,000 miles on it, it still had the original clutch.

        Either way, my point was that greater fuel efficiency was/is achievable and we're moving in the wrong direction.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How many airbags did your Metro Xfi have? The same number as my 83 Honda Civic 1300FE that got 55 mpg. NHTSA crash test score? My Civic didn't have A/C either.

        The buying public demanded safer cars, and safer cars are heavier, hence the MPG difference.

        As a famous trekkie said, "You can't change the laws of physics".
        • 7 Years Ago
        Unwittingly, I had the opportunity to crash test a Geo when I was struck in the rear & subsequently hit a pole and a tree. It has been estimated that when I struck the tree, the Geo had slowed to 50 MPH. The structural integrity of the passenger compartment was maintained.

        Airbags and additional reinforcement at corner posts don't add much additional weight.

        It's hype & PR from an industry intent on refusing to improve fuel efficiency.

        Besides, they can't make any money with a $5,000 car.

        If you look at their ads, you'll see that they're promoting acceleration and performance at a huge cost, while failing to honestly address honest fuel efficiency.

        If you got 60 MPG 14 years ago, you can achieve greater efficiency now, but it doesn't market as well.

        Sadly, even Honda has sold out to the 'performance mantra.'

        A review of the comments seems to prove that most of the posters are content to behave like sheep. And many of the comments sound like industry hype or is that just my imagination?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am with Guenther...

      I have two words for GM:



      (and a third)


      Thank You.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is an improvement compared with the present Aveo5.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would it really cost THAT much to sell the damn Corsa here?
      • 7 Years Ago
      can we hate on GM for using the same front end grill on everything, like people hate on ford for using the tri bar grill.
      • 7 Years Ago
      click above image to view high-res gallery of the Chevy Aveo5

      Dude - - - those words are serious nightmare fodder. That very suggestion is the intentional tort of Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress in several states.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the bowtie bar seems to be a little out of place, not in sync with the bumper line like on VWs/ Audis and so it seems a little off but I think it is a definite/infinite improvement on the weak US-Gen1 front fascia.

      Still not a fan of this segment. For the money, in most cases you can move up to the next size for around $1K and lose at most 1mpg.

      Since this is typically a price sensitive segment, it will likely do well against the competition.
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