The Chinese market is an increasingly vital one for global automakers, including General Motors. The Detroit-based industrial giant claims to offer "the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China," including vehicles sold under the Buick, Cadillac, Opel, Baojun, Jiefang, Wuling and, of course, Chevrolet brands.

In fact, GM is rolling out a new Aveo specifically for the Chinese market, and here it is. Designed with input from GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai, the revised Aveo follows the Trax in adopting Chevy's "Power of Ingenuity – Youth" design language. It features the brand's horizontally split grille, with the updated Bowtie emblem from the latest Cruze. The revised front end also features new headlamps and chrome-trimmed fog lamps, with a sharper belt line leading to a subtly raised rear spoiler, butterfly taillamps and a wider-looking stance with 16-inch wheels wearing Bridgestone rubber at each corner.

An unspecified Ecotec DVVT engine carries over with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the model will go on sale across China starting next month. We're waiting for confirmation from Shanghai GM on just how closely the new model is related to the one it replaces, but in the meantime you can scope out the full details in the press release below and the images in the gallery above.
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Shanghai GM Shows New Chevrolet Aveo Family Sedan
Goes on sale across China in June

2014-05-23

Shanghai – Shanghai GM recently provided a preview of the new Chevrolet Aveo family sedan, which goes on sale across China in June.

It is the second model developed in line with Chevrolet's "Power of Ingenuity • Youth" concept, following the Trax urban SUV. It is also the first model featuring Chevrolet's new signature design language – "Design with a Heartbeat."

The new Aveo was jointly created by GM's global design network, including the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai. Designers factored in input from current Aveo owners and small car buyers. The result is a refreshed model with a clean yet sporty exterior.

The front end has an upper chrome grille and newly designed front fascia. It features Chevrolet's signature dual-port grille, which is higher and wider than in the present model, for a more striking visual impact. Headlamps are fully integrated into the upper grille, with dynamic accents that create a sharp and fascinating visual impact.

The distinctive grille features the same gold bowtie as the new-generation Cruze, demonstrating a seamless fusion of iconic Chevrolet design cues with the new global design language. The vehicle's fog lights with chrome accents as well as an upscale matte black base create a subtle floating effect that complements the rest of the front end styling.

Belt lines extend outward from the middle of the sedan, where they converge at the slightly raised rear spoiler, balancing aesthetics with aerodynamics. This gives the vehicle a wide-looking stance that is in line with the aesthetic preferences of Chinese car buyers.

In addition, the new Aveo has stylish metal accents and body-colored side mirrors with built-in turn signals that provide a premium look. Class-leading 16-inch Bridgestone tires and new eight-spoke wheels improve grip and stability.

In back, new horizontally sculpted lines converge with butterfly-shaped taillights that have a bowl design. This enhances the visual impact and sense of width. The design also has a concealed exhaust pipe design, which is rarely seen in small cars.

The new Aveo retains the nameplate's state-of-the-art DVVT engine and six-speed automatic transmission as well as enhanced safety features and spacious interior. Since its launch in 2011, the Aveo has been a popular choice in the small car segment.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.


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      MotionDesigner
      • 7 Months Ago
      Um, this is the Sonic. They're still calling it Aveo in China but it's most definitely a Sonic with a touched-up front and rear. Bodyside is unchanged. You'd think the person who wrote this article would at least mention that. The fact he didn't almost insinuates he didn't know.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 7 Months Ago
        @MotionDesigner
        Actually Sonic is Aveo - not here hoping we'd forget it existed. Not really a bad car as a rental, just a bit short on knee room.
      ocnblu
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks more upscale than our current U.S. car. I hope these changes show up here in America, along with a less gimmicky dashboard. A new-look RS hatch with the 1.6L turbo engine that is under development and six speed manual would suit me just fine.
        mycommentemail
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ocnblu
        I'd love to see the new 1.6L turbo and six speed manual in this car (a manual without the first to second crunch that mine has). That would be a fun as hell car to drive. I'd also welcome a more conventional instrument cluster, though I have to say that now that I am used to the current one it is really very functional. I like the tach being front and center like that. I will miss the front headlights though. Really a unique look that harkens back to older VW's and BMW's and really gives the front of the car an aggressive face. This new look isn't unattractive, it's just considerably more bland to me. The current generation's face is what originally drew me in to test one in the first place.
      Just Jeff
      • 7 Months Ago
      I like the new nose but if this is coming to the US, I really hope they keep the current headlight setup. The current headlights on the US models make it stand out from the pack.
        CJ_313
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Just Jeff
        I agree regarding the current "quad" headlamps on the Sonic. They have a slight retro-look to them which gives the car more presence than most sub-compacts when viewing it from the front IMO. The refreshed tail lights also look better here, although still a bit large like the current Sonic sedan's.
      herrstreet
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think the US Sonic has an interesting look, but this is also nice. I don't really like the giant lower grill because of that black plastic that's necessary for the licence plate. What it really needs is to go on a diet and to update the turbo with direct injection.
        Henry Z. Floyd
        • 7 Months Ago
        @herrstreet
        The black plastic finish is necessary to cover the bumper, actually. In this age of modern car design we forget that cars still have big rubber bumpers, they're just well hidden now!
      fizzylychee
      • 4 Months Ago

      looks better there is a sea change.

      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      You know GM is bad when their cars are the butt of jokes in China.
      mycommentemail
      • 7 Months Ago
      Current sonic owner here. I really hope this isn't the new sonic face here in the states. The round headlights are one of the things that made the car interesting to look at. I guess I have to respect the fact that - in an era where headlights are growing like a cancer up the fender line to the windshield and cars are designed to look like insects - this is comparatively restrained. Still, it is a fair bit more bland than the current US model
      over9000
      • 7 Months Ago
      Audi Aveo
      S40Powered
      • 7 Months Ago
      Everything looks too "tight". Unpleasent design. Like all cars in this category.
      Sasha
      • 7 Months Ago
      Huge improvement.
      Mobis21
      • 7 Months Ago
      Definitely looks a very good redesign.
      Camaroman101
      • 7 Months Ago
      did they do anything with the interior?
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