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This fall, our friends to the south will have a new hatch to choose from when the all-new Chevrolet Agile hits the market. GM released a few sketches of the new compact five-door ahead of its official unveiling, complete with Chevy's two-tier grille, angular headlamps and a strong shoulder line flowing over the front wheel arches and through to its sculpted haunches.

The Agile was developed entirely in Brazil, and production is set to begin in a few months at GM's manufacturing center in Argentina. It's also likely that the Gamma II-based B-segment hatch will be built at the General's Lake Orion, Michigan facility and what we're looking at is the next generation Aveo, due to arrive sometime in 2011.

With a wheelbase just over 98 inches and powered by a choice of either a 105-hp 1.4-liter or a 129-hp 1.8-liter, the Agile may finally provide GM with a competent competitor to the 2010 Ford Fiesta when it arrives in the U.S. Make the jump for the (Google-translated) press release.




PRESS RELEASE

Design, comfort and versatility will be on board strengths of Agile Chevrolet

The launch of the Chevrolet Agile planned for the last quarter of 2009, was designed from the ground up to meet the needs of an auto compact, versatile and great design.

"The Agile goes beyond a traditional hatchback. Our task was to conduct a vehicle for a demanding client. Our task was to conduct a vehicle for a demanding client. Great design, interior space and a crossover, ie a car ' transpired 'versatility to attract customers from a different urban public or to a surfer who loves the countryside, "said Carlos Barba, General Director of GM Design Mercosur. Great design, interior space and a crossover, ie a car that' breathe ' versatility to attract customers from a different urban public or to a surfer who loves the countryside, "said Carlos Barba, General Director of GM Design Mercosur.

The Agile has a new visual identity of Chevrolet, with two clearly marked on the front which converges in the golden logo of the brand. Internally, a collection of high quality with an innovative design that gives it modernity while the panel meets in a perfect alignment of their instrumentals. Internally, a collection of high quality with an innovative design that gives it modernity while the panel meets in a perfect alignment of their instrumentals.

The Chevrolet Agile was developed taking as a starting point a high H-point, ie the higher this point, you get a better position to handle. "It's a car full of youth and a design that will surprise," says Carlos Barba. "It's a car full of youth and a design that will surprise," says Carlos Barba.

"Our plant in Rosario is changing for the arrival of Agile. Installed new robots and we have trained our operators to ensure their safety and quality of vehicles, to begin to successfully produce this model in the country "Peinador said Miguel Garcia, director of GM Manufacturing Argentina. And install new robots and we have trained our operators to ensure their safety and quality of vehicles, to begin to successfully produce this model in the country," said Miguel Garcia Peinador, Manufacturing director of GM Argentina.

The Agile comes to complement the current line up of Chevrolet Corsa models, Spark, Aveo, Astra, Meriva, Vectra, Zafira, Blazer, Captiva, S10 and Corvette.

From an architecture originally designed for Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the Chevrolet Agile is the first vehicle of the Live platform, developed 100% in the GM Design Center Mercosur.



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