• Mar 5th 2008 at 9:31AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Chevrolet Aveo Three-Door.

What more can be said about the Euro-market Chevy Aveo three-door? Fortunately, not much. The new Aveo gets the reworked front fascia, complete with Anime eyes and gaping maw, while the shallow accent lines that flank the doors angle slightly higher to conform to the three-door's shorter shape. Aside from the much-despised fake fender vents, it's not a bad looking runabout. And with a choice of either an 84 hp, 1.2-liter or a 101 hp 1.4-liter four driving the front wheels, what it lacks in style it makes up for in fuel economy.

Hit the jump to read Chevy's press release on the new Aveo three-door.


New three-door Chevrolet Aveo: World premiere in Geneva

Market launch in June

Zürich/Geneva. The new three-door Chevrolet Aveo celebrates its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 6–16, 2008). With this debut, Chevrolet is consequently renewing its successful compact class family. The five-door version that premiered at the Frankfurt Show in September 2007 will go on sale in March. The most significant features of both models are their striking exterior, high-class interior and a new, even more efficient gasoline engine. Like its notchback stable mate, the new hatchback models will now bear the name Aveo throughout Europe. European dealers will have the dynamic three-door hatchback in their showrooms from June 2008.

Buyers will have a choice of two gasoline engines: a new 1.2-litre unit, now with two overhead camshafts and an output of 84 hp, and the upgraded 1.4-litre engine, which now develops 101 hp. The bigger unit is available with automatic transmission. Both engines are even more frugal than their predecessors when it comes to fuel consumption. For example, despite the fact that its performance has improved by 12 hp, the basic engine will now need roughly 14 per cent less fuel in the MVEG fuel efficiency comparison.

The Aveo is playing a key role in the success story of Chevrolet Europe: Over 440,000 cars of the compact-class family have been sold since 2002. With a 25 % share of the model mix (2007), it is also the biggest seller in the Chevy range.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly, I've heard nothing but bad things about the Aveo's fuel economy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's the US Aveo. The stick didn't have the right gear ratios and so had horrible highway mileage (the auto did okay).

        But as we know from plenty of other vehicles, the European version may have different ratios or a different gearbox entirely.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My friend bought one used and is lucky to get 30MPG on the highway. I get that MPG in town with my 97 commuter Nissan with 176K on the odometer.

        The Aveo is a rental penalty box and the tired poser fender vents on cars have to go.

        I suppose when you don't have tons of money to develop your own decent car, you might as well gloss up a pig and sell it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My friend drives an auto US Aveo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Had it not been for the grille this car would be bland person transport.
      Now I can only assume that Chevy will offer these as rental and fleet cars as not to lose money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing will look real sad when parked next to the Mazda2 or upcoming Ford Fiesta.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What won't be sad is that the Aveo will likely cost the equivalent of US$2-$3K less than the Fiesta and other modern European rivals, as is the case with the current Chevrolet Kalos.

        Furthermore, now you get the budget pricing with modern 84bhp 1.2 and 101bhp 1.4 litre engines - right up there with the mainstream competition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ergh. Actually, I'm surprised at how inoffensive the three-door turned out. Maybe it's the shorter perceived length, but those wheels look less like a shopping trolley's than I anticipated.

      There's still no reason anyone should buy one in Europe, with the wealth of more-stylish, more-efficient, better-handling hatches at the same price point.

      I'm still pissed that this new plankton-feeding Aveo will soon become the baseline rental at my local Enterprise office. At least in the Cavalier I could travel in anonymity, if not dignity... now there's no choice but to upgrade.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Last time you rented the Cavalier was the baseline? That shows how long it's been since you rented. The Cavalier has been out of production for years now. The Cobalt replaced it. I wouldn't mind a Cobalt once actually.

        But the last couple baseline cars I got were Focuses (which pretty much suck in rental car trim) and Mitsu Lancers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So then the logo just had to go square centered on the font bumper as opposed to in the grill like 100% of the other car makers? That's looks dumb. Those aren't fender vents, they are obviously windsheild vents!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That woman looks mean... Just like the car
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think it looks too bad. But why does it seem like more and more manufacturers are trying to make fake vents and scoops (Focus, Tundra etc)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Malibu grille only works for so long...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't Opel part of GM? Why not see the Opel below this topic as an Aveo in USA. That car will sell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The ford Fiesta still looks better, this here dont stand a chance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, why didn't you take pictures of the different interior?
      • 7 Years Ago
      why does everyone copy the audi grille?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because they are sweet
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