New Chevrolet Aveo will ‘compete against the best’

The small hatchback will be updated in 2011 with a next generation model and the US car maker is confident it has the quality and driving dynamics to compete with the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

“It’s such an exciting time to be at Chevrolet: Not only do we have new entries into the MPV and compact classes, in Aveo we have a completely new car which is ready to compete against the best in the small-car segment, which is also Europe’s largest segment,” says Wayne Brannon, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe.

The five-door Chevrolet Aveo, says Chevrolet, has been designed to be safer for passengers thanks to an new body frame structure, but the emphasis is very much on the driving dynamics.

This includes the inclusion of Electronic Stability Control, power steering and a choice of frugal petrol and diesel engines.

Chevrolet says the new Aveo will boast ‘responsive handling’ alongside good value thanks to an upgrade to interior materials and specification levels.

Borrowing the ‘motorcycle’ theme from the smaller Chevrolet Spark, the Aveo includes a modern interior with extra details such as USB, radio and two gloveboxes.

On the outside, the car borrows the new Chevrolet front end seen on the new Cruze hatchback and larger vehicles such as the Captiva SUV and Orlando MPV.

The result is a more aggressive, sportier car – a drastic change from the standard ‘cute’ cars dominating the small car segment.

The Chevrolet Aveo, named the Sonic in the US, will go on sale later in 2011. It represents the final car in the Chevrolet line up to be designed since its return to the UK in 2005 and replaces the last car to be a rebadged version of a Daewoo.