Chevrolet would not let year pass without participating in one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world – the four-day 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed being held at the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. On June 28, 2012, the event featured the ‘Moving Motor Show,’ during which Chevrolet gave several visitors the chance to drive either an Aveo, Volt or Camaro up the world-renowned hill-climb under the direct supervision of the company’s pro-drivers.
Festival of Speed visitors who get to Chevrolet’s main stand have a chance to get acquainted with the Chevrolet World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) winning car.
During the Festival of Speed, an annual hillclimb that features historic motor racing vehicles, Chevrolet will display its entire car range at its stand to celebrate its rich American heritage as well as it reputation as one of the best and known brands in the motoring and racing industries.
Among Chevrolet’s showcased cars, the new Aveo is receiving much attention with its extreme stunts. Prior to the Festival of Speed, the new Chevrolet Aveo completed a number of ‘firsts’ this year: a skydive; a Bungee jump; a skateboard-inspired Kickflip; a music video and an edgy street art.
At Goodwood, the new Aveo is performing its first cliff-hanger, as the model towers over the famous grounds of the Goodwood House and displayed mid-abseil on the Chevrolet stand. Daredevil visitors could have a chance to perform a cliff-hanger beside the Aveo by abseiling 10 meters down the Chevrolet cliff-hanger wall.
Safety has always been one of the highlights of Chevrolet models and the new Aveo has a number of these in store. For instance, playing an important role is the body-frame-integral structure and how tight it is. If an accident does occur, the structure ensures that the roof would be able to handle as much 4.2 times the weight of the vehicle.
As the body frame has been combined with the upper body, it becomes one unit, adding to its stiffness and mass efficiency. The use of advanced steel also helps in increasing the tensile strength and thus improving further the safety of the passengers. For the Europe market, Chevrolet fitted as standard six airbags connected to a set of sensors.
A four-channel anti-lock braking system, or ABS, is included as well and even has the brake assist. While there is a cruise control, it comes with a speed limited function wherein the driver can set the maximum speed.
Should the vehicle reach this specified speed, the system then activates a loud sound. The Aveo is not just about safety as the driving experience it offers helps increase its appeal to customers even more. On the front there is the McPherson strut suspension that includes a stabilizer bar and coil springs and with the axle-mount torsion beam compound link-type suspension in rear, it results in a more stable and calmer ride.
That the Aveo is able to deliver excellent feedback to the driver is due to the electronic stability control (ESC) and the electric power steering system (EPS) that has been mounted to the column.
These features though are only available on those that have the 1.2-liter gas engine or the ones with the turbo 1.3-liter diesel engines. Further, this advanced support system also has a wear compensator to make sure that the steering remains precise even when many years have passed.