By on February 23, 2010

Kicking Tires calls these “the first official photos of the production version” of the next-generation Chevrolet Aveo. They show a subcompact that’s definitely less showcar-ish than the Aveo RS concept from NAIAS, but is still in the computer-generated “uncanny valley” between the realistic and real. Or maybe I’m just getting used to the idea of a halfway-appealing Aveo.

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  • avatar
    joeveto3

    That’s sharp, if it’s real, they’ll sell a ton.

  • avatar
    srogers

    It’s obviously better than the old Aveo. It can go 102km/h.

  • avatar
    mtymsi

    From the angle of the picture it looks better than the upcoming Cruze.

    • 0 avatar

      That poor Cruze seems to have the cards stacked it against it, in more ways than one…anemic engines, ugly styling, Ford Focus. Now its own kid sister about to steal the spotlight. Poor ugly little thing doesn’t stand much of a chance.

    • 0 avatar
      Bancho

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought this. This looks like a more premium car than the Cruze. The whole front clip seems better designed IMO. The interior looks good as well. If they follow through on this it will be a win for small car buyers.

  • avatar
    JeremyR

    Yeah, not bad looking at all. Now let’s see it in 5-door hatch form…

  • avatar
    gslippy

    If there ever was a clone of the Kia Forte, this would be it. Just don’t call it “Aveo”. I’ll take my chances on the Forte.

  • avatar
    changsta

    looks like a mitsubishi lancer to me….

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    Nice exterior, but that’s a clumsy looking center stack on the interior.

    • 0 avatar
      mpresley

      Agreed. If the console could be “toned down” (what’s wrong with simple?) it’d be better. It’s what happens when you hire JVC boom box designers to do a job better executed by the engineers at Bang and Olufsen.

      On the other hand, the styling cues from Audi and Mini, while derivative, are done tastefully. But, since this is GM, expect an SS edition with flashy “racing” stripes, a larger than nature intended rear wing, and some non-functional hood-scoops.

  • avatar
    brndn81

    I like it, and it fits the criteria of what I need for my next car.
    That said, I can’t get over the mental hurdle of buying an “Aveo”– I’ve simply spent too many years mocking them.

    Please call it something else GM. Anything else.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      This car will be the cutting edge between the flat out “GM haters” and those who claim they don’t hate GM, but slag the Aveo on it’s lack of merit.

      If the car is really this good, I hope they keep the Aveo name. It’s about time GM spent their time improving a prior less-than-impressive model, rather than just changing the name and publicly admitting the prior model was FUBAR.

      They’ve already done that with the Malibu, why not go for a second?

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      A great TV ad would be people saying “I’d never buy an Avee…” then they see the car and watch it as it goes by, then finish their statement with a surprised “Oh!

      C’mon GM, throw me a bone if you use it. :-)

      Edit: People who want a center armrest will buy a Cruze.

  • avatar
    Autojunkie

    If this is for real, then they hit it right on the mark! It better be offered with a stick though…

  • avatar
    NickR

    Dear GM. That will do nicely. Now don’t screw it up between now and launch.

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    This isn’t bad at all. I’m seeing a little S40 in the front end, particularly the way it tapers in. Now how about a better name? Even Metro would be better than Aveo.

    • 0 avatar

      You think the rebadged Geo (Metro) would be a good name to recycle? Really?
      When ever I saw the name Geo, the tune from the Chia pet comercials would play in my head.. I started imagining an accessory kit where you could grow grass on your car.. ggeeeo!

  • avatar

    beautiful. hopefully the dealers will have enough margin to make money selling them.

  • avatar
    Runfromcheney

    As long as they don’t cheapen the interior and don’t market it with Howie Long calling the Honda Fit a “gookmobile”, GM may have a winner here.

  • avatar
    SV

    Pretty nice-looking. The proportions are impressively well-done for a subcompact sedan, better than the tipsy Fiesta 4-door (though in hatch form at least, the Ford trumps this IMO…and yes, I know there’s a 5-door New Aveo too)

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    i agree with everyone else… that looks real impressive… for a computer image

    they should get rid of the aveo name… it has the same poison as “sebring”

    and the interior is all sorts odd concept car hell

    but at the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather rely on Korean? and that 10yr/100,000km warranty?

    • 0 avatar
      mtymsi

      GM has a distinct advantage over Hyundai/Kia in the U.S. as there are many, many more Chevrolet dealers nationwide than Hyundai/Kia. Outside of large metro areas Hyundai/Kia dealers are very few and far between. Even in the larger metro areas the Chevrolet dealers are much more plentiful.

  • avatar

    It won’t sell because of the Aveo’s poor name and the fact it is sold by GM. If GM can’t produce a better small car in-house then maybe they should be out of the car business altogether.

  • avatar
    ott

    I… love it.

    srogers, play nice.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    Nice looking little car, but the steering wheel looks a lot like the one in the Cruze, which is not a compliment. And please don’t call it Aveo.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    @Ott: Play nice? You must be new around here.

  • avatar
    BDB

    Why not call it an Aveo? There used to be a lot of criticism on this site that domestics change their names every generation while the imports keep the same name. Is “Aveo” any more poisonous than “Malibu” pre-2008? I don’t think so.

    That interior looks AMAZING for a B-segment car, btw. Another hit from GM on the interiors front. Who thought anyone would say that ten years ago?

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed.

      While the name Aveo might have a lot of negative equity amongst enthusiasts I doubt John and Jane Smith think it’s such a terrible car. Keep the name, it’s fine, the car’s the problem (and it looks like that problem may be rectified).

    • 0 avatar
      Bancho

      I agree. Keep the name and show a steady progression of improvement. You can’t hide every new model behind a brand spankin’ new name.

    • 0 avatar

      a good example of names really don’t matter much.. do you remember Datsun… simply changed to Nissan, so now who remembers the old Datsun quality and who relates it to Nissan?
      People easily forget. Think of how many model names were recycled, yet from vehicles that were not known to be decent.. think about Nova.. they figured they could improve their image by rebadgeing a Corolla, it worked.. the masses were clueless.
      Remember as a whole people are not that bright!

  • avatar
    Ion

    It’s “official” photos of the production Aveo and they were shopped, but they shop models and covergirls all the time to make them look pretty.

  • avatar

    I looked on GM’s site for any info on the new Aveo.
    They have nothing.
    But the 2011 Cruze looks extremely similiar to the pix on this page. Interior & exterior, color of interior etc. With extremely minor differences.
    I checked consumer reports, that has a video preview of the car (sort of, since they only show the exterior of the hatch version).. but the front is very similiar to the above image, they remark the car has a lot of changes but GM won’t release any power train info, they did say it will be available in a 1.4 turbo.
    So they improved the looks, which is a huge step for GM.. but will this be similar to what they are doing to the dealerships and only opting for a face lift, or will they do something of substance like possibly improve quality and reliability.. which would not take much effort from their track record.. but they really need to do more then face lifts!

  • avatar
    Detroit Todd

    Very, very nice. GM should do well with this.

    One thing is nagging me, though. GM’s upcoming lineup seems a bit overlappy. It seems like the lower-end Cruze will overlap with the Aveo, and with the Malibu on the upper end. I guess pricing will be differentiated accordingly.

    Anyway, will the Aveo compete with cars like the Fiesta and the Focus? And what is the upcoming Chevrolet Spark gonna compete with? The Smart car?

    I guess it’s good enough just to say that Chevrolet will have plenty of small car offerings.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    @Gypsytda: While people prove they aren’t bright in various ways, I don’t think auto nameplates is one of them. How many people care about this stuff as much as we do?

    For most people, debating whether, say, LeSabre had more brand equity than Lucerne would be like us debating which kind of needle stitching is best for making a sweater.

    • 0 avatar

      True enough, but that’s only because we’re debating about names used by the nameplate switching domestics. If Honda suddenly changed the name of the Accord a lot of brand equity would be gone.

      Look at Nissan. They could have easily changed the name of the 2002 Altima since it was such a departure from the ho-hum previous generation, but they kept the name and improved the vehicle. Stick with it long enough and you can build up lots of brand equity.

    • 0 avatar

      carguy622: there is a difference between having a strong positive name, and keeping it because it is strong and positive.. and the names that did not have a positive image for whatever reason.. if they take it away & store it they can bring it back for nostalgia, and people will fall for it, completely forgetting the ills of the previously plagued model.
      So yes I agree.. a good name on a car needs to stay.. a bad name is for some strange reason quickly forgotten.
      PS example.. excluding current model.. when you think of a Ford Mustang do think of the Ford Escort-esque model from the 80s? Or the “storm-trooper” like version of the early 90s? Nope you will likely flash back to the best version they had.. the 60s versions!

  • avatar
    Jimal

    About the name…
    It is infinitely more expensive to launch a new nameplate than it is to rehabilitate an existing nameplate. Unless you’ve gone through generations of sucking **COUGH…SEBRING***, you keep the existing nameplate and tell the world how the new car is not only better than its competition it is miles better than the car it replaces. Quite simple really.

  • avatar
    Cynder70

    That’s decent looking. Nice shape. It looks a lot like the Mitsubishi Lancer, it’s almost identical to this picture http://www.ridelust.com/wp-content/uploads/mitsubishi-lancer-2008.jpg

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    @Jimal: I agree with you. I will go one better…even the Sebring nameplate wasn’t a liability before 2007. It was an OK 2nd-tier midsized car in its first and second generations. Inoffensive appliance, really. The current model is such a stunning abomination that even that racetrack town in Florida might want to change its name. Plus Chrysler is toast…

    • 0 avatar
      Jimal

      Perhaps I’m extra sensitive to the Sebring name because I’ve spent way too much time in the town for work the past couple years. Giving a racy name to a car with patently non-racy intentions just rubs me the wrong way. I don’t think the Aveo name is damaged goods, but then again I think that with a couple good subsequent generations (that didn’t happen) Chevrolet could have maintained the Vega name to the present day. I think somewhere Ford wishes they hadn’t replaced the Escort name and its decades of brand equity with the Focus.

  • avatar
    BuzzDog

    Too nice to reuse the “Aveo” moniker. This thing might be worthy of the name “Monza.”

    I’m glad to see that GM is starting to see that half-hearted efforts don’t work, even in the subcompact class.

  • avatar
    Amendment X

    Why can’t Chevy just give up the split grille thing? If they made that lower section bumper and moved the emblem up, the car would actually look good. Otherwise, nice car.

  • avatar
    ajla

    How different is the platform of the new Aveo and the one currently being used on the Alfa MiTo and Grande Punto?

    Is GM planning to position this as the “sporty” alternative to the big car feel that they are aiming for with the Cruze?

  • avatar
    rudiger

    Someone’s wishful thinking. There’s no way the next gen Aveo is going to pop out of the oven looking anywhere near that good.

    In fact, they’re done so well, I’d venture to guess the photos actually came from GM in an effort to create ‘buzz’ about the real, upcoming, undoubtedly craptacular Aveo.

    It’s the GM way.

  • avatar
    jimbo1126

    Those interior shots are of the concept car, not of the Photoshopped wonder above them. The real interior won’t be anywhere close to this, and I’m guessing the neat round headlights are non-U.S. spec.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    When the Cruze was first announced there were some photos (probably ‘shopped’) that showed it sitting low and the wheels and tires pushed out to the edges of the fenders like this pix of the future Aveo. When we finally saw ‘official’ GM photos of the Cruze, it looked more ordinary, sitting at what seems like a normal ride height with the wheels and tires clearly within the boundaries of the fenders. In fact, I think some of those photos may be in the recent review of the European Cruze.

    I say this as a GM fan, but I seriously doubt the bread and butter Aveo will end up looking like the concoction we see in the pix above. It would be conceivable for a RS or Sport grade model, though. We’ll have to wait to see what will happen.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    just out of interest, this Aveo is a size below the Cruze?

    does anyone know what the expected engines, hp, torque and weights are?

  • avatar
    niky

    The Aveo may not have been sucking as long as the Sebring, but it’s sucked hard enough and long enough so that anyone with the slightest bit of sense would know that it… sucks. The testimony of tens of thousands of owners stuck with this tinny little gas-eating pig is reason enough to change the name.

    I don’t understand why in the name of all that’s holy they’d keep a name that’s still tied to the death throes of the worst Korean carmaker ever to blight the world while changing the name of their “meat and potatoes” compact model every six years? Now, Cavalier, I understand dropping… but the Cobalt? Granted, it wasn’t the best car in the world, but it wasn’t a manure brickhouse like the Aveo was.

    Besides, Cobalt sounds infintely more modern than Cruze… Cruze sounds like the name of a surfer-rock band.

    • 0 avatar
      rudiger

      It’s not hard to figure out Cruze. That’s the same market where names like Cube and Soul would appeal, i.e., ‘young’ and ‘hip’.

      I’m not saying it’s going to work, but it’s obviously the logic behind the name. Cobalt is so ‘old school’, you know.

      Further, it seems that Chevrolet is making a concerted effort to gradually reduce the number of syllables in the name of their domestic small car:

      Cavalier (3)
      Cobalt (2)
      Cruze (1)

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    Will it be based on the same platform as the 2006, which positioned the driver *in* the crumple zone? That vehicle is a good antidote for the ‘anything made in the last decade is plenty safe’ fallacy…

  • avatar

    I’m actually intrigued. Looks better than the Cruze in my opinion.

  • avatar
    panzerfaust

    Just change the name to ‘Skeletor” and it will all make sense.

  • avatar
    thetaII

    Looks vaguely like an Alfa Romeo 159 from the front. Perhaps not surprising to see one ward of the state ‘borrow’ some styling cues from another ward of the state. That said, there are worse models to borrow from…

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    It from Government Motors. Ain’t buying it now. Ain’t buying anything from them ever.

  • avatar
    Autojunkie

    Vega

  • avatar
    Autojunkie

    @ Da Coyote

    HAHAHAHA!!!! GOVERNMENT MOTORS!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    YOU CHOULD BE A COMEDIAN!!!!

    I’m so tired of hearing that same comment over and over again…

  • avatar
    Lokki

    GOVERNMENT MOTORS!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    I’m so tired of hearing that same comment over and over again…

    Me too. I’d much preferred to hear them referred to as “Bankrupt and out of business”.

    As for the new Aveo, I really like the looks, but a few contrarian thoughts keeping bubbling through my admiration –

    The Volt prototype was really nice looking. The production model not so much.

    The Saturn Astra interior materials photographed well. When I went to look at one, I wasn’t as impressed.

    I’ve driven an Aveo as a rental, just to try one out. It wasn’t very pretty, but it looked a lot better than it drove.

    If this actually looks like the production model,has interior materials that look as good in person as they do in photos, and it has better performance characteristic than the old Aveo, then I think it deserves a new name.

    But if it’s the same-old in a new wrapper, the name Aveo will do fine.

  • avatar
    NN

    looks like a design mix of Volvo S40 and Alfa 159. Two beautiful cars to borrow from, and neither is well known in the broad US market. So Chevy could really make an impression if the car turned out to look like this.

    But we all know that the design will be softened, or it won’t actually be on dealer lots for another 5 years, so it’ll look old by then. Plus, that gauge cluster is childish and cheap looking. Plus, Daewoo has never engineered anything better than mediocre.

    If they do this in the same method as they did the Malibu (Opel chassis/platform, Ecotec 4, nicely finished styling/materials)and release it next year, then it will be a success but will cannibalize the cheap-looking and poor-driving Cruze. Since the Cruze is positioned higher on the price scale, GM won’t want to do that. So they’ll most likely cheapen this, and disappoint all of us. Unless Lutz forces them to do it right.

  • avatar
    zerofoo

    While it isn’t bad looking, all of Chevy’s cars are starting to look the same.

    Pretty soon, you’ll be able to go into a Chevy dealer and order one like a cheeseburger.

    Buyer: “Yes, I’d like the medium-sized Chevy!”

    Salesman: “Would you like the large-sized Chevy for only $8000 more?”

    Buyer: “Sure, why not!”

    Salesman: “Would you like a side of government cash to go with your order?”

    Buyer: “I’d like that to go, please.”

    -ted

    • 0 avatar
      educatordan

      +1 one on the looking the same and ONLY the looking the same.

      We’ll see what the redesign of the Impala looks like and then see if it’s 10/10ths Chevy (Impala), 8/10ths Chevy (Malibu), 6/10ths Chevy (Cruize), and then 4/10ths Chevy (Aveo).

    • 0 avatar

      Ok I loved that comment.. ordering a fast food Chevy.

      I was talking to my husband about the Aveo last night.. noting how the images of the 2011 Cruze are nearly identical.. (since we both do not like GM, but I follow cars he doesnot.. he had not heard of the cruze).. I said basically all Chevy’s really look alike, they just alter the dimensions & price. That is the main difference, it is cheaper that way.. and they don’t have to wake up to make them.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Just one more step in the globalized everything looks the same car market. It won’t be long before the only way to identify a car is it’s badge and maybe grille. Car designers are so out of ideas today sort of like music and the filming industry that feel the need to keep rehashing and remaking old songs and movies and TV programs. Said same with todays car designers. It almost seems like the same person is styling everybodys cars trucks and sport utes today. They come up with the same basic plain generic shape and slap on said car companies grille, badges, wheels and maybe a character line. I’ll bet the 2012 Malibu will look like a slightly larger Cruze/Aveo and the Impala will look like a slightly larger Malibu. They will all share the same plain slab side look with zero trim, they will all have similar fascia spoke plastic wheels, the will all share the same grille and very similar taillights and will all have similar Malibu inspired cat shit brown seat color options. They will probably all use undersized small displacement engines to try and appease government motors also. This is the disturbing trend in todays wonderful Global automotive world and a shocking similarity to the 80’s all over again.

    • 0 avatar

      This is a HUGE issue I have had with cars for a LONG time.

      flashing back.. it all started in the 1970s..
      Enter the 70s, gas crisis.. cars shrank in the hopes of improving gas mileage.
      80’s the grew again, but the style was already lost.
      90’s they still did not know what to do.. but they still focused on BIGGER.

      By this century, SUV’s started to wane, hatchbacks FINALLY made a comeback.
      A few makers are attempting style: Honda Element (the most interesting vehicle Honda has had in a LONG time), Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, Scion Xb/Xd, Ford Flex, and a few others.
      But we are still in a sea of sedans & suvs.. all the same.. then add the color, lack of.. so many cars are available in shades of grey, white, black (sometimes several “versions of black), perhaps a red or two, maybe a blue.. rarely green.
      The color I think also shows the lack if imagination and inspiration the automakers have.. and this is across the board, not just GM specific.. it is more obviously with GM since they actually make exactly the same car several times & rebadge it (which should be not as bad since they killed off some dead weight..specifically Saturn!).

      So will there ever be style again.. or will we have government limitations that think tail fins could poke an eye out, and feel the need to nanny-protect us?

  • avatar
    bmoredlj

    Four words that will ruin the whole look: Front-mounted license plate.

  • avatar
    rdodger

    That interior is butt ugly. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

    • 0 avatar
      bomberpete

      @rdodger: Be careful — Sarah Palin might cry foul as only she can say things like that. If anyone asks, it was “satire.”

      rdodger
      February 24th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      That interior is butt ugly. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig

  • avatar
    xyzzy

    I kinda like it but I do have one comment to make: Digital speedos SUCK!!!

    Digital should be used only for displaying measurements that don’t change by 1-2 all the time. Like the time, the temperature, range to empty, etc. When used to display quantities that often fluctuate by a few, they are always winking and changing but not really giving you any useful information for all that distracting activity.

  • avatar
    bomberpete

    @xyzzy: As the former owner of a long-gone Pontiac ’87 6000STE, I agree completely about digital instruments. While I loved that car’s handling and balance, the dashboard was a nightmare. When the circuits started failing, the repair bills were horrendous. I sold it for $3,500 with 67K miles and counted myself lucky.

    Don’t do this, GM!


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