• Nov 22, 2009
Back in August, in the wake of General Motors emergence from its pre-packaged bankruptcy, the automaker gave select members of the media a preview of several upcoming products. Among those was the next Chevrolet Aveo, which will take up the B-segment mantle to battle the new Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris. Unlike the current Aveo, which is built in South Korea by Daewoo, the new model will be built at the Orion, MI assembly plant north of Detroit.
While there had been speculation that the ungainly-looking Chevy Viva from Brazil would be the Aveo replacement, that is an entirely different car – although it will likely share some mechanical bits with the Aveo.

At the August preview, GM design manager Bob Boniface confirmed to us that the Aveo moniker would be retained because, in spite of the baggage the current model carries, it does have recognition and launching a new nameplate has been deemed too expensive a proposition. Of course, that was three months ago and the Aveo is still a year or so away from launch, so things could change. Whatever it's called, early spy shots from Brenda Priddy and Co. suggest that it's shaping up to be a better-looking car than the current model, with a wider stance that looks less tippy.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Aveo is just lunchmeat for the hot new Ford Fiesta... add 200HP 1.6L I4 EcoBoost and 6-speed and its history baby!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt: "He's a blind Ford cheerleader...what did you expect..."

        Blind? Right... I have the "foresight" to buy Ford (F) at $1.50 and its trading today at $8.65 for a 477% ROI and going to $20 in the next year or so...

        If you had GM bonds, you got back maybe $0.10 on the $1.00 invested for a 90% LOSS. So Matt, jackasssss, stick your childish comments up your assssss!!!!

        I'm cheering for Ford because I've seen what's coming in the next few years, thanks to CEO Alan Mullaly's leadership and it will blow you away. Enthusiasts, your prayer's will be answered very soon... Lets just say SVT has been very busy and their fruits will be revealed shortly... :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Greg is right, the Fiesta will tear this thing to pieces.

        Let's go easy on Matt... I suspect he may have been sexually abused as a child by his local Ford dealer.

        Matt, it's okay to feel the way you feel; it wasn't your fault. You're among friends now, if you want to talk about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt, you got a big GM mouth, tell us, what's the value of your GM stock vs. Ford stock? I think its $0 for a total loser like you! Put your money where your big mouth is and your a BIG GM loser!

        Yeh, I'm a Ford (F) supporter and proud to show it by buying their stock to prove I have faith... where's your faith in GM big mouth? Buy GM stock, bonds = loser!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^ And you're the complete opposite, lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I'm cheering for Ford because I've seen what's coming in the next few years, thanks to CEO Alan Mullaly's leadership and it will blow you away. Enthusiasts, your prayer's will be answered very soon... Lets just say SVT has been very busy and their fruits will be revealed shortly... :-)"

        You must have the biggest pom poms on the team.

        And your saint...Big Al...has done NOTHING special for FMC except grow their debt to 130 BILLION. He is about as much of a leader as a caboose on a train.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "So you're comparing a car that has been speculated about but not confirmed to one that hasn't been released and we know almost nothing about?"

        He's a blind Ford cheerleader...what did you expect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you're comparing a car that has been speculated about but not confirmed to one that hasn't been released and we know almost nothing about?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Bob Boniface confirmed to us that the Aveo moniker would be retained because, in spite of the baggage the current model carries, it does have recognition and launching a new nameplate has been deemed too expensive a proposition."

      So, why the CRUZE? I was happy calling it the Cobalt, even if it did come in a couple of other colors. I like GM, but they make no sense sometimes. But, please, don't name it the Viva. I'm not trying to think of paper towels when I see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      keep working guys..this looks ugly...

      Sam
      http://www.isopurewater.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn I think something just moved in my pants ... Nope... false alarm
        • 5 Years Ago
        That must be your pet worm...Slimey.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. A new Aveo. Thrilling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not just call it the Cimmaron? Or Chevette? At least those might have more value than 'Aveo'...
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the new Aveo is a cow and/or soccer ball?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you ask me, it still looks a little tippy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see why the name "Aveo" is worth keeping, but the name "Cobalt" isn't...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog doesn't read itself - news is they'll be calling it the Viva.

        Also this isn't the first time we see spyshots of the damn thing, see: GMinsidenews.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Disregard that: "GM design manager Bob Boniface confirmed to us that the Aveo moniker would be retained" and I think I was mistaking the Viva for something else (the Brazilian thing), but this isn't the first time we see spy shots of it regardless, it's been driving around since April at LEAST.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno about you but I don't think the Aveo sucks as much as the Cobalt....
      • 5 Years Ago
      The outgoing AveoG3 is basically considered by many to be a crapbox on wheels. GM needs to make sure that the new Aveo is far improved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless they find a great manual tranny to put in it - NOT the crap box in it now, kiss it goodbye.

      I really have no faith in GM. They have NEVER produced a competitive small car. Sad.

      The problem is they think small cars have to be less - less refined, less features, etc., than there cars that cost more. Someone at GM thinks we buy an aveo and then say, "Gee I would like to move up in the GM family and now I will buy a malibu."

      Doesn't work that way, the aveo owner says, "gee this is sh#t. Better look at a toyota next time."

      ALL YOUR CARS NEED TO BE THE BEST GM. WAKE UP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They have never produced a competitive small car... that they have sold in America. Did you not see the review of the Opel Corsa.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cheaper, smaller cars will have fewer features. Whether it's from GM, Toyota, Honda or Hyundai.

        Sure, it'd be great if a Fit had the features of an Accord, but then it would cost more, it wouldn't be an entry-level vehicle, and fit-time car buyers couldn't buy it and that doesn't help the manufacturer either.

        Not every small car can be a BMW MINI, they're just too expensive.

        I personally don't think an entry-level car can be as refined either again due to cost, but GM could definitely do a lot better than they have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all due respect, if that is it for spy shots, why bother???
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