Fact file: Chevrolet Aveo 5D
Striking Looks, Efficient Engines
- Segment: Small
- In the model range since: March 2008
- Units sold in Europe until June 3, 2010: 400,000
The new Chevrolet Aveo has been on the European markets since spring 2008. The most significant features of this model are its striking exterior, a high-class interior, and efficient gasoline engines. "A lot of car and equipment at a fair price" is part of Chevrolet's philosophy and this certainly applies to the Aveo.
That is why the entry-level version already comes with numerous safety and comfort features as standard, such as driver and passenger airbags (the latter can be switched off), an MP3 capable CD/radio with USB port and windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe. The higher equipment level of the LS series includes additional features such as tinted glass and front power windows. Options for the Aveo LS include 15-inch aluminum wheels, a leather steering wheel and gear shift, a vehicle computer, central locking with remote control and automatic air conditioning. Detailed information on the equipment for each country can found in the price list.
This compact class model is aimed at very different target groups. In Western Europe, predominantly two-car families use it particularly in urban traffic because of its agility and easy handling, in the growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in certain Southern European markets, models like the Chevrolet Aveo are full-fledged family cars. The car provides enough room for up to five passengers.
The Aveo hatchback bears Chevrolet's new design language, as characterized by the large horizontally split radiator grille with a body-colored crossbeam, and the brand logo sitting proudly in the middle. The dynamic details include large, curved clear-glass headlamps and fog lamps that project like spotlights from the lower part of the bumper. The engine hood follows the line of the radiator grille. Eye-catching contours that run to the A-pillar underline the sporty look.
Additional indicators in the side sections in front of the exterior mirrors add to the safety package. The side view is defined by the body's prominent shoulder lines and the dynamic crease that sweeps from the front to the rear door. The back of the car is dominated by the solid bumper and the round tail lamps in a clear-glass housing.
The interior also presents itself in a modern and inviting way. The instrument panel is clearly divided into four chrome-trimmed controls and a center console with striking air vents, a fully integrated audio unit and large, easy-to-operate air-conditioning dials. The smooth plastic surfaces and the soft-touch finish of the dashboard and the upper half of the door panel are particularly pleasant to the touch.
Status: September 2010