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First Look: New Chevy Aveo

September 9, 2010

Chevy Aveo

General Motors announced Wednesday that the all-new Chevrolet Aveo 5-door will appear at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, alongside the Orlando MPV and Cruze hatchback show car.

The Aveo will go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2011 and compete in the small car segment. A four-door sedan version of the Aveo will launch in Europe alongside the hatch next summer.

The new Aveo is longer and wider than the current model. The vehicle features 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.

The interior design includes a 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. The interior also has multiple storage spaces in the center stack and a modern audio system with USB, auxiliary-in and Bluetooth functionality.

Electronic power steering, electronic stability control and ABS brakes will be standard on the Aveo.

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.

GM said final specifications of the new Aveo will be tailored to each market in which it's offered.

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