Shanghai, China. The all-new Chevrolet Aveo is making its worldwide debut at Auto Shanghai 2005, China’s premier auto show in 2005.The new sedan, which was developed in Korea by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology (GM Daewoo) with assistance from the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai, will consequently be rolled out in more than 120 countries and territories. It’s European version will reach the European markets in spring 2006.
The Aveo will be assembled and marketed in China by Shanghai General Motors, which like PATAC is a joint venture between GM and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC).
“The new Aveo is a perfect example of how GM is utilizing our global and domestic resources for the development of cutting-edge products tailored for local users,” said Troy A. Clarke, GM Group Vice President and President of GM Asia Pacific. “We look forward to introducing it in China within the next year to complement the rest of our unmatched lineup of locally built and imported products.”
“From a styling point of view, this is a totally new car,” explained David Lyon, Executive Director of GM Asia Pacific Design and GM Daewoo Design. “We have given the exterior a more dynamic look. The attractive interior has been improved significantly through the addition of a series of new comfort and convenience features.
The Aveo is a true sedan that has an all-new exterior. The front and rear bumpers, radiator grille, headlights and taillights with cylinder-type lamps, outside rearview
mirrors, long outside door handles, aluminum wheels and wheel covers have all been styled to differentiate the sedan from its hatchback sibling.
The Aveo has a wheelbase of 2,480 millimeters (97.6 inches) and a height of 1,495 millimeters (58.9 inches). Its overall length of 4,310 millimeters (169.7 inches) and width of 1,710 millimeters (67.3 inches) are the greatest in its segment. These large exterior dimensions provide the basis for a very generous interior.
The front-wheel-drive Aveo’s chassis system features MacPherson struts in front and a torsion-beam suspension in the rear. The steering gear is situated on the front suspension cross-member, which improves shock absorption and provides more precise and stable handling. Rack & pinion hydraulic assist steering adds to the Aveo’s driving pleasure. The wide stance with a front tread of 1,450 millimeters (57.1 inches) and a rear tread of 1,430 millimeters (56.3 inches), which are both among the best in the Aveo’s class, provides enhanced handling and makes the sedan very surefooted.
The Aveo sold in China will come with a choice of a 1.4-liter or 1.6-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, matched to a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission.