2010 Paris Motor Show: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 30, 2010

Chevrolet’s new Aveo 5-door model was introduced today at the Paris Auto Show. This car represents the full production version of the Aveo RS show car that was unveiled at the Detroit and Geneva motor shows months ago.

The new Aveo will feature exposed twin-headlamps and dual port grille, compact taut body panels with a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs.It also gets 'hidden' rear door handles.

Compared to the current model, the new Aveo is longer and wider and now offers ESC and ABS brakes as standard. A motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster is prominently displayed in the interior. It features an analogue tachometer combined with a digital speedo and warning lights.

Chevrolet said that the centre console has up-market blue backlighting features while the front cabin is covered in a wrap-round fascia. Buyers in Europe will have to make a choice between a broad range of four four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, comprising a 1.2 liter version (at 86 hp) and a 1.4 liter unit (100 hp).

It will also be the first time that the Aveo will be available with two versions of a 1.3 liter diesel engine (at 75 hp and at 95 hp) featuring Start/Stop technology.

The all new Chevrolet Aveo notchback launched at the Paris Motor Show 2011 is the latest small sedan offering from the company. It has a sporty vibe to it in both how it looks and feels. It has a McPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar and a torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension, delivering a tempered, stable ride.

It uses Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to give responsive road feedback to allow the driver to adapt to differing road conditions. In particular, 1.2 litre and 1.3 litre models are equipped with a column mounted Electric Power Steering System (EPS) to further enhance the driver’s experience.

The steering uses a wear compensator to ensure steering precision is always maintained even as the vehicle ages. Wayne Brannon Head of Chevrolet Europe explained the significance of the Aveo, describing it as one car that fits all needs. He explained that in many parts of Europe, especially in the south and eastern areas, many families are one-car owners and the Aveo fulfils that role well.

It has that sporting appeal as well as the ability to cater to the everyday family driving requirements. The body panelling is muscular in appearance and the upper body and frame is engineered from one single unit, making it more efficient and stronger. Passenger safety is also improved with the use of advanced tensile steel for strength and protection.

The tight structure of the body of the car and its frame mean that in the case of a collision, the roof is able to support 4.2 times the car’s weight. As standard in Europe, there are six airbags wired to fine tuned sensors. The four channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assistance enables responsive driver reactions.

There is also the option of cruise control with a speed limiter function. The driver elects a set maximum speed and if the vehicle reaches this speed, an alarm is activated alerting the driver to the speed. This is a useful device for avoiding speed cameras.

Chevrolet has also worked on reducing excessive sound for the comfort of the driver and passengers alike. The aim is to cultivate a relaxed and gentle driving experience. Noise control measures have been taken to result to a damping performance that is 10 to 40% better than in previous vehicles.

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