• Oct 18, 2010
Chevrolet Aveo – Click above for high-res image galery

General Motors recently announced it will resume work at its Orion Assembly factory. Two models are set to be produced there: the all-new Buick Verano and the redesigned Chevrolet Aveo. The Aveo, which we're still calling "Aveo" despite rumors that the redesigned compact will have a new name, is slated to start production next year. Initially, however, the car will be built at GM's plant in Seoul, South Korea.

The small car will enter the Korean market in the first half of 2011. After that, it will then begin its global rollout, with production starting up in Orion Township.

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[Source: General Motors]

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Chevrolet Aveo Begins Global Rollout in 2011

PARIS – The new Chevrolet Aveo will go into production in Seoul, Korea next year, and begin a rollout that will include a U.S.-assembled version of the car in 2012.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm stopped by the Aveo display on Friday during a tour of the Paris Motor Show.

U.S. production of the vehicle at the Orion Township plant was reconfirmed last week when along with a $145 million investment that will include production of the Buick Verano at the plant.

The new Aveo was originally unveiled in January at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a concept car called the Chevrolet Aveo RS. It is being shown in production form at the Paris show.

As GM's global mini and small car development base, GM Daewoo led the design and R&D of the new model. The new Aveo small car is expected to be rolled out globally after entering the Korean market in the first half of 2011.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, launching the Aveo (and, before that, the Cruze) in international markets before launching them domestically have been the smartest moves GM's made in some time.

      If you think about it. In the past (I'm thinking '80s and '90s), Japanese and European makers would launch a new model in their home market a year or more before the US launch. During that time, any issues that arose would be worked through so that, by the time of the US launch, the little faults were mostly worked through. US makes, on the other hand, launched in the US with no such "learning launch" and American consumers were the ones to discover the faults. By year 3 or so of a nameplate, US vehicles were often much improved over the debut vehicles, but, by then, the press and consumers had already formed a negative opinion that couldn't be overcome.

      With the Cruze and Aveo, GM has the chance to discover the faults that can only be discovered in the real world BEFORE it reaches US consumers.

      In the software world, this is called "Beta Testing" and it's high time car makers learned how to do it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In all due respect, you didn't drive THIS car. I'm assuming the progress of the all-new model over the current car will be even greater than the improvement realized from the Cobalt to the Cruze, which is getting proper respect from the motoring press.

      I recently drove the current Hyundai Accent as a rental car, which was pretty bad by
      current standards, but I'm sure the next generation will be much much better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aveo, Daewoo, North Korea, South Korea, Whats the difference? G.M. could not sell Daewoo now they are trying to sell (DUMP) this under the Aveo Badge. Same difference! I will stick to Ford, Maybe Chrysler Products. Amen
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep buy American. We bailed them out and they still owe WE THE PEOPLE many BILLIONS. yet no jobs for Americans . We can thank the greed of GM (Government Motors ) and the so called union for selling America out
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn they should just kill this car. Just drove one in California recently...had it as a rental for a week and half. Hated the damn car! The turning radius was horrible, worst of any car I have driven. The driving position was horrible with a terrible blind spots. I mean the car did have some nice added luxuries but the overall driving experience was horrendous. Mileage could have been better too for a small car. Cheap should mean inexpensive not cheap in quality!

      No wonder GM was in Bankruptcy!

      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they put a new name it because the "Aveo" nameplate had tons of bad press with at least one car magazine calling it "Barely better than walking". While this new car looks better, it had better be a HUGE improvement over the last model in every aspect, or no one will care - no matter how much advertising GM buys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol...I remember that too. I think it was Motortrend if I'm not mistaking. Like a few bloggers above, I too will take the fiesta over this any day. Chevy would like us to believe they've changed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Astra is coming as the Buick Verano.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It certainly looks better than the old Aero, but the Fiesta is a much better package.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sick of all this Korean junk-rebadge the Astra, kill Daewoo, and get it over with.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should name this car the Beat. ...and one of the colors should be Beet Metallic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well....it looks way better than the last one, for what it's worth
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed. Whatever happened to the European hatches? I'm sick of seeing Daewoo's crap dumped here!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't Hyundai Korean? Haven't Hyundais as of late been of good quality?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Nice looking car, and a well made car. The naysayers here are the typical General Motors haters and Japanese butt kissers."

        I love how GM or Ford fanboys always claim everyone else is biased *while* making statements like "well-made" about a car that doesn't even EXIST yet. But these are the same people who are still angry with magazines like Consumer Reports for saying how uncompetitive their Ford Tempo was in 1995.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice looking car, and a well made car. The naysayers here are the typical General Motors haters and Japanese butt kissers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've only ever heard Korea as being the birthplace and ancestral homeland of the Cruze.

        USA#1 :-)

        • 4 Years Ago
        "As GM's global mini and small car development base, GM Daewoo led the design and R&D of the new model."

        If GM was smart, they'd hide this instead of bragging about it in the press release. Doesn't speak well about the future of GM small cars. Anyone get the final word on the Cruze? I'd heard conflicting reports about whether the engineering was done in Germany or Korea...this would seem to indicate Korea.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hoeun kim

        Sorry, but you're wrong about a number of things. The Aveo is/has always been the Daewoo Gentra in Korea, and the new model pictured here has not been introduced yet.

        The Daewoo Matiz is a whole class smaller than the Aveo, and it is sold globally as the Chevrolet Spark. It's supposed to be coming to the US market as well.

        Finally, Renault-Samsung has been transitioning their cars from Nissan to Renault platforms over the last few years. The current SM3 is a reworked Renault Megane, the current SM5 is a reworked Renault Laguna, and the aging SM7 has always been based on the Nissan Teana, a JDM and Asia only model - it was never a Maxima.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now GMDaewoo is going to change it's name to Chevrolet in 2011 in Korea as well.
        they are going to introduce some other chevrolet models in Korea...(like Malibu or Corvette)
        Since its going to change its name to Chevrolet I think they will bring more quality into their products...
        GMDAEWOO's building quality is inferior but the designs of GM products are mostly by GMDAEWOO designers or Koreans...
        If they replace the building quality, they would soon change their reputation in Korea as well( Even Koreans choose Hyundai,Kia about 80percent)
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