• Oct 1, 2010
Chevrolet Aveo show car – Click above for high-res image gallery

My, what big eyes you have.

The Chevy Aveo might look a little awkward from certain angles, but it's sure to be a wholly better machine than its predecessor. Still, the new design is a big step forward for General Motors, and we like certain cues like the rear door handles being integrated into the C-pillar and the mean, Spark-inspired taillamps. This Aveo you see here is actually a "show car" for the time being, as the production car will receive minor tweaks and changes depending on the market in which it's sold.

When it goes on sale in America next year, the new Aveo will more than likely be powered by The General's 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine good for 115 horsepower, though Europeans will have up to four engines from which to choose including a 1.3-liter diesel. Along with a huge interior refresh, the Aveo should now be better poised to compete with offerings like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. Have a look for yourself in our high-res gallery of live shots direct from the Paris Motor Show.

Live photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL
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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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Now import or build here the Astra 2,4 and 5 door wagon as part of the Cruze lineup.
      Do it now.
      The competition is movng forward with their new stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Horrid, horrid cars. Evan as rentals. Putrid. Horrid. Awful.

      Why even put this on the site?
        • 4 Years Ago
        and you know this how? This car isn't even available for consumer sonsumption yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm....this is the new one, not the one your bashing.

        (but this one still may be bash-worthy, not sure yet)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meet the new Aveo, same as the old Aveo.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "Show car". So remove the tasteful wheels and replace them with 15" hubcaps, take out that slick superbike style speedo/tach combo, and forget about a six speed. Thanks GM, you watered down the Aveo RS Conecpt to this version, and now the production version will be even more watered down. Why did you even bother to redesign the car in the first place?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you two are forgetting something very important. There's an RS appearance pack on the Camaro, and an upcoming similar treatment for the Cruze. The RS concept was probably just that, a concept previewing the RS package on the Aveo...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Completely agree. The Aveo RS was a nice surprise, but somehow GM has managed to give it the cheapo-depot look along the way to production. Those horribly plastic tail light housings make it look like the economy car it will be. Same with the fog lamp housings. And why can't GM make a good looking shifter? The pull up for reverse thing makes the stick look unfinished, and the knob is plasticky as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FYI, a 6-speed transmission is confirmed for production - both in automatic and manual forms - as an option depending on engine choice. Though that's Euro spec. - Chevy hasn't said a word about North American Aveo powertrain options yet.

        And the interior is production-ready - the motorbike-esque instrument pod is what you get.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No we are definitely not looking at it here, because it says "Aveo LT" on the car in 6th picture in the gallery...

        And I have no idea what you're talking about in regard the Cruze...it looks exactly like the show cars aside from the wheels. And if you want the bigger wheels thats what the RS package is for...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why the hate? This is the RS show car, minus the big rims and more agressive front fascia. Basically, it looks like the base Aveo that any realistic person would visualize based on the RS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love this car, GM did an awesome job putting together the new Aveo. GM also has a lot of room to under cut the current pricing on the Fiesta and Fit.

      I'll definitely be looking at buying this car next year, or the maybe the Cruze...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rear door handles don't really make sense when you consider of cars in this segment that are bought by young families. Those high handles just extend the amount of years before the kids can get in the car by themselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Think it looks 100% better than last model. Now if could get 1.4 Turbo from Cruze with 6-speed
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess it's getting better, but I think it could use a little more work before it steps into the global B segment battle. (Do they hold that in an octagon?)

      Meanwhile, if anyone can explain to me the business/economics reason why people in Europe get a choice of engines and people in the US don't, I'd be interested in reading that. I understand the diesel part, and I expect the answer will be "Americans will only by the highest horsepower one even if you give them a choice", but I don't really like that option because I think some B segment buyers might rather have a few hundred dollars in exchange for a dozen horsepower if given the option. It's not that I like options, it's just that I don't like not having options.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Meanwhile, if anyone can explain to me the business/economics reason why people in Europe get a choice of engines and people in the US don't, I'd be interested in reading that."

        1) Taxation. Traditionally, European taxing authorities determined company car tax and annual registrations on the basis of engine capacity. A variety of engines was offered depending on the tax bracket someone wanted to fall into. Whatsmore, those parameters differed depending on country.

        2) Vehicle segments. The European market in the A-segment to D-segment collectively is enormous and the most competitive in the world.

        3) Customer demand. Europeans expect a raft of engine and trim choices for any given mainstream car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll add another. There has been traditionally a fuel split in Europe. Eastern Europe had lower grade (and lower quality) fuel than Western Europe. So while in Western Europe it was acceptable to make an engine that took 98 RON, you couldn't really sell that in Eastern Europe. So you had to come up with a new engine. Maybe you just retune it to produce less HP, maybe you make a whole new one.

        I don't know if this still exists, but some of the effects still are clearly visible, more Western areas of Europe tend to have higher-tune, higher-priced, more complex engines while Eastern European engines are a little more pedestrian.

        Bloke, is there still a fuel split in Europe?
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow...im impressed with it...love the exterior styling...very angular and modern...reminds me of the Mitsubishi Lancer in the front but the round headlights are definitely original...and thank God it doesnt look cheap (really tight body panel gaps and pieces of chrome).....and the interior omg its better the old fisher-price Aveo lol....i remember seeing spy pics of these testing on the Nurburgring so it should be able to run with the Fiestas and Fits....keep up the good work GM
      • 4 Years Ago
      they need to wake up to an E segment
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll give the previous gen a point for having a ton of interior space for the size of a car that it is (seriously, the commercials they ran for it isn't too far from the truth) but short of that it was just a modern day Metro. This is this is at least a decent effort (looks pretty good) but better than a 500/Polo/Fiesta? I don't think so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *This is at least...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe the rear door handles in the C pillar *look* cool, but I would think a substantial portion of the people trying to open those rear doors will be children. For those car designers that haven't yet put two and two together, children tend to be rather short.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Any child too short to reach that handle couldn't pull the door open anyway due to the weight/resistance. You're talking about a handle 3' off the ground, a 3 year old could reach it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interior is ugly and cheap looking. A rather uninspiring vehicle that will have a difficult time competing against vehicles styled by people with eyesight.
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