Men aren't particularly clamoring for small cars but if there's one that most appeals to them, it would be the model that's inspired by the Aveo RS Concept, according to General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.
The model, which is currently showcased at the Detroit Auto Show, is a sportier version of the current Aveo budget car that hints at the next-generation car due in 2011.
Lutz describes the car to be a "pocket rocket" but he said that he wants to juice it up more as he and Vice Chairman Tom Stephens are not satisfied with its 1.4-liter turbo. Lutz added that they're currently working to give it more horsepower.
The car has a six-speed manual transmission and the same 1.4-liter, 138-hp turbocharged engine that will be available in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze small car.
Compared to the current Aveo, the five-door hatchback is longer, wider and has more space. Its design is inspired my motorcycle styling and is evident by its protruding headlights and taillights.
The Aveo, which rides on 19-inch wheels, has blue interior stitching and blue backlit electronic displays similar to its electric blue exterior color.
The brake calipers, which show through the wheel openings, are also blue. The handles on the rear doors are hidden in the C-pillar but a small spoiler flows off the rear roof. For extra space, the rear seats fold flat. The current Aveo is built in South Korea but the next-generation Aveo will be manufactured next year at GM's plant in Orion Township, Mich.
The interior of the Chevrolet Aveo RS Concept shows that it has been given the same level of detail similar to the exterior. This can clearly be seen with the interior in matte black with metallic, glass black, and blue highlights.
The Boracay Blue theme seen on the exterior is continued on the interior with the accent stitching on various features like the front and rear door insert, dual cockpit instrument panel, and steering wheel rim.
The same accent stitching is also on the parking brake, gear shift boot, and leather seat bolster. It can even be seen on the floor mats. Meanwhile the tell-tale indicator screen, knobs, and audio display have an ice-blue backlighting which help enhance the blue stitching.
The sound system and HVAC controls, USB port, and gearshift, are all in the integrated center stack. The motorcycle-inspired design continues inside especially with the round side vents, aluminum trim and the asymmetrical LCD readout and the analog round tachometer in it, both with the milled metal trim.
In addition to showing style, the interior also offers function with storage compartments located in the doors and center stack. For those who want to carry large items, the rear seats can be folded flat to accommodate it.