Paris Motor Show Preview: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2010

Chevrolet revealed today the production version of the 2011 Aveo, which will make its official debut later this month at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new car will join Orlando MPV and Cruze Hatchback, and represents the production version of the Aveo RS Concept unveiled back in January at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.

As you can see from the photos, the new car features an aggressive looking front with its exposed twin-headlamps and dual port grille, hidden rear door handles as well as compact taut body panels with a rising shoulder line and short rear overhangs.

Chevrolet also confirms a four-door sedan variant of this model which will make its debut next summer. Comparing it to the current model, the new car is longer and wider, which means a spacious interior and cargo volume that is among best in class.

The new chassis of the car has been fine tuned to satisfy European tastes with a ride and handling ratio that combines comfort with responsiveness. Chevrolet offers as standard electronic power steering (EPS), Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes. Aveo comes with a choice of three petrol engines: 1.2 liter engine (with 70 hp and 86 hp), 1.4 liter unit (100 hp) and a 1.6 liter (115 hp).

A diesel engine will also be available in two versions: 1.3 liter diesel at 75 hp and at 95 hp, featuring Start/Stop technology. The engines will be mated to Chevrolet’s first 6-speed automatic transmission on a small car on the Aveo 1.4 and 1.6. Other engines will receive 5 or 6 speed depending on engine choice.

The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo features a length and width that surpasses that of its predecessor. Since it is both wider and longer, the new Aveo is able to offer a roomier cabin and a larger cargo space – the best in its class. Particularly noticeable upon entry in the Aveo is its motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster – featuring an analog tachometer and a digital speedometer.

Occupants on the front are seemingly hugged by a wraparound fascia, accented by a blue-backlighted center console. The front cabin can be color-coded starting from the dash into both front doors.

Aside from an interior made of superior and high quality materials, the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo also features modern audio system with USB, auxiliary-in and Bluetooth functionality. Likewise, storing capacity of the Aveo is boosted by a number of storage spaces in the center stack.

According to the president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe, Wayne Brannon, the carmaker now has a car that could rival what other auto companies could best offer in the small-car segment. He noted that thanks to Aveo, it is now an exciting time to be at Chevrolet.

Press Release

New Chevrolet Aveo brings 'hot-hatch' style to small car segment

There is no shortage of world firsts for Chevrolet at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, and joining the Orlando MPV and Cruze hatchback show car will be the all-new Chevrolet Aveo 5-door.

The car will go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2011.
The Aveo RS show car was displayed at the Detroit and Geneva motor shows earlier in 2010, and the final production-ready car looks every bit as compelling as the show car.

Entering the highly competitive global small car segment, striking design elements of the new Chevrolet Aveo include the dynamic looking front with its 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.

Reminiscent of the recently introduced Spark in Europe, the new Aveo is designed to appeal to younger customers with its sporty hot-hatch look. A four-door sedan variant will launch in Europe alongside the hatch next summer. Both hatch and sedan are practical small cars providing ample interior space.

Final specifications of the new Aveo will be carefully tailored to each market in which it's offered.

Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe says: "It's just such an exciting time to be at Chevrolet; in Aveo we have a car which is ready to compete against the best in the small-car segment."
The new Aveo is longer and wider than the current model, giving it a spacious interior and cargo volume that is among best in class. The interior design perhaps holds even more surprises than the outside, in particular the 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. Aveo's interior provides consumers with high quality materials as well as multiple storage spaces in the center stack and a modern audio system with USB, auxiliary-in and Bluetooth functionality.
Reflecting its sporty personality, Aveo has been engineered to provide communicative handling, a characteristic which stems partly from its tight body frame integral (BFI) structure where highest levels of torsional rigidity have been achieved.

The new Aveo's chassis has been fine tuned to satisfy discerning tastes with a ride and handling ratio that combines comfort with responsiveness. Electronic power steering (EPS), Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes will be standard.

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.

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