Sunday, September 9, 2007

2008 Chevrolet Aveo

2008 Chevrolet Aveo2008 Chevrolet Aveo

It will be a big day for a little car when the Chevrolet Aveo makes its world premiere at the Frankfurt auto show.

The successor to the five-door Chevrolet Aveo (née Daewoo Kalos) is a fastback with a new, more fuel-efficient gasoline engine. Like the previous hatchback, the new model was engineered and designed by GM Daewoo, and will continue to be built in South Korea.

This subcompact front-wheel-drive car will go on sale in Europe in March 2008, and will be known as the Aveo throughout Europe in the future—which is good, since we weren’t sure how to pronounce Kalos anyway.

Style-wise, the design of the all-new Aveo is marked by a large, horizontally split radiator grille with a color-keyed crossmember to show off the brand logo.

There now are two available gasoline engines: a new 84-hp, 1.2-liter, and the existing 98-hp, 1.4-liter engine which is available with an automatic transmission. Look for versions to run on natural gas, as several European countries offer a retrofit program.

In North America, the lowest-priced Chevy used to be the sales leader in the subcompact segment, but a plethora of newcomers from the Toyota Yaris to the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa have all taken a slice of the pie.

The Aveo sedan got a major refresh for 2007 and the hatchback got a new name: Aveo5 (little else changed in this body style). A full redesign of the North American Aveo is still a few years out.
Source: caranddriver

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