• Sep 8th 2010 at 10:30AM
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General Motors is continuing its small-car onslaught by showing off the next-generation Chevrolet Aveo at this year's Paris Motor Show. According to the company, the show car on display will be the spitting image of the actual production version, though we can expect a few small changes to show up as dictated by each market. GM says that the new Aveo borrows heavily from the Spark, complete with plenty of "hot hatch" styling. It's true that the forward-leaning shoulder line and aggressive headlights help give the Aveo plenty of menace for a vehicle this size, and judging from the powertrain lineup, there's a chance that this little sucker might scoot along with the best of them.

GM says that it will be offering a range of engines in the Aveo globally, from an anemic 70 horsepower, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine to a variety of diesel mills and a 115 horsepower 1.6-liter gasoline four. We aren't engineers by a long shot, but 115 horsepower in a tiny tin box like the Aveo is bound to be at least somewhat entertaining.

The next-generation Aveo is both longer and wider than its predecessor, so there should be quite a bit more interior space to enjoy. Here's hoping the company has applied its newfound dedication to interior quality to the hatch. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

  • 2011 Chevrolet Aveo
  • 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

[Source: General Motors]

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New Chevrolet Aveo brings 'hot-hatch' style to small car segment

* Aveo is one of four Chevrolet world premieres at the Paris Motor Show
* Dynamic design stays true to Aveo RS show car
* European engine lineup includes 1.3-lliter diesel engine and 6-speed transmissions

There is no shortage of world firsts for Chevrolet at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, and joining the Orlando MPV and Cruze hatchback show car will be the all-new Chevrolet Aveo 5-door.

The car will go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2011.
The Aveo RS show car was displayed at the Detroit and Geneva motor shows earlier in 2010, and the final production-ready car looks every bit as compelling as the show car.

Entering the highly competitive global small car segment, striking design elements of the new Chevrolet Aveo include the dynamic looking front with its exposed twin-headlamps and Chevrolet's signature dual port grille, compact taut body panels with a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs, rear door handles "hidden' in the c-pillar and a 'body in, wheels out' profile.

Reminiscent of the recently introduced Spark in Europe, the new Aveo is designed to appeal to younger customers with its sporty hot-hatch look. A four-door sedan variant will launch in Europe alongside the hatch next summer. Both hatch and sedan are practical small cars providing ample interior space.

Final specifications of the new Aveo will be carefully tailored to each market in which it's offered.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe says: "It's just such an exciting time to be at Chevrolet; in Aveo we have a car which is ready to compete against the best in the small-car segment."
The new Aveo is longer and wider than the current model, giving it a spacious interior and cargo volume that is among best in class. The interior design perhaps holds even more surprises than the outside, in particular the motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster which features an analog tachometer combined with a digital speedometer.

Blue backlighting is featured on the center console, while the whole of the front cabin is enveloped in a wraparound fascia. This can be color-coded and flows from the dash into both the driver's and front passenger's doors. Aveo's interior provides consumers with high quality materials as well as multiple storage spaces in the center stack and a modern audio system with USB, auxiliary-in and Bluetooth functionality.
Reflecting its sporty personality, Aveo has been engineered to provide communicative handling, a characteristic which stems partly from its tight body frame integral (BFI) structure where highest levels of torsional rigidity have been achieved.

The new Aveo's chassis has been fine tuned to satisfy discerning tastes with a ride and handling ratio that combines comfort with responsiveness. Electronic power steering (EPS), Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes will be standard.

In Europe, a comprehensive range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines will be available in the new Chevrolet Aveo, incorporating the latest technologies such as variable valve timing, double continuous variable cam phasing and common rail fuel injection for the diesels.

The gasoline engine range includes two 1.2 liter versions (at 70 hp and at 86hp), a 1.4 liter unit (100 hp) and a 1.6 liter (115hp). For the first time, Aveo will be offered with two versions of a 1.3 liter diesel engine (at 75 hp and at 95 hp) featuring Start/Stop technology.

Chevrolet's first 6-speed automatic transmission on a small car will be featured on the Aveo 1.4 and 1.6 as an option in most European markets; manual transmissions are of 5 or 6 speed depending on engine choice.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The proportions look a little weird on it. Either the headlights are gigantic or the split grille is really small. Still, it's not bad looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guys, Bloke is right. Like most of you, I rented one of these too a while back. It was buzzy, slow, and didn't handle exceptionally well, but that's not what it was intended to be. It's cheap, basic transportation, heavy emphasis on cheap. There are much better cars out there, even used ones, but if you're looking for a simple, commuter car that won't give you hassles, this is a decent choice. I'm part of the "It's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow" camp and this new Aveo looks to be a major improvement. I'm looking forward to driving one. I'd even consider adding one to my garage just for commuting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good competitor to the Scion Xd but without a more powerful engine this one will fail. The Ford Fiesta will appeal to more people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The looks and total package offering from Ford will appeal to more people."

        The mk6 Fiesta's profile wasn't too dissimilar from the original, Guigiaro-designed Kalos/Aveo hatch. And in the States, to get a Fiesta hatch with the goodies, you're looking at over $20K - more than the equivalent trim costs in Europe. The new Aveo will likely undercut this pricing quite significantly in the States and certainly will in Europe. It also sits on the state-of-the-art Gamma II platform which will also underpin the next-generation Opel Corsa when it arrives in two years' time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I should have explained my viewpoint. The looks and total package offering from Ford will appeal to more people. This Aveo seems to have a more sporty look but also carries a boy-racer look which won't appeal to a more broad audience.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 115bhp 1.6 develops similar power to the 1.6 used in the Fiesta. As with the Fiesta and last-generation Aveo, the US will only likely get a single engine choice, namely that 1.6. Americans won't get the choice of engine units found in Europe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      -> Is it me? Or that Aveo has a funny mustache?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, hopefully it drives good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's okay looking, I suppose. I really hate the front, style-wise. I'm more unhappy because we all know this car is going to be spun-off and rebadged into 12 other various vehicles like the previous Aveo.

      I'll take the Fiesta, please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the front end is trying hard to be a VW Scirocco.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice looking car, GM is really stepping up its game. Soon you'll have the Chevy Volt, Cruze, Aveo and Spark all of which will give GM a big advantage in the small car segment.

      Excellent work, I'd buy one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, there's no way we're getting the diesel. Looking at the competition in the segment (Fit, xD) you get ONE engine choice. I'd bet money the US will only get the 1.6. Otherwise, how else could they pressure you to upgrade to a Cruze?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not digging the black plastic around the taillights. It always ends up fading and looking tacky.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "from an anemic 70 horsepower, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine" - Autoblog

      Yet more complete bollocks from Autoblog. 70bhp from a 1.2 litre engine is quite ample, and that sort of power in a B-segment hatchback is hardly anaemic. It's a good all-rounder - ideal enough for decent fuel economy around town, yet powerful enough to cruise at motorway speeds adequately.

      Back in my youth when I drove a 62bhp 1.1 litre Fiat Uno, it had no problems on the motorway and was hardly anaemic by any standard - unless all you're used to is a 5.0 litre barn-door Mustang.
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