February 13, 2003

New Chevy Aveo subcompact targets first-time buyers

Chevrolet Aveo
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Toronto, Ontario – Chevrolet’s new 2004 entry-level vehicle, the Aveo, will take aim at the heart of the small car market in Canada, said a company spokesperson at the vehicle’s introduction. The Aveo lineup includes a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback – each is available in base or LS trim. Expected to be in dealer showrooms by early 2004, Aveos will be priced competitively with the Hyundai Accent, the Kia Rio and the Toyota Echo.

“The Aveo sedan is attractive, well-contented, and easy-to-drive,” said Don Johnson, General Director of Marketing, “It’s for people on the go who need a dependable car – with good tangible value – that gets them to where they need to go.” “Alternatively, the sporty Aveo 5-door hatchback maintains a youthful flare yet is roomy and versatile enough to transport friends and gear. It’s a great car for first time buyers,” continued Johnson.

Both Aveo models share wheelbase, height and width dimensions; although the 5-door is slightly shorter than the notchback due to the short front and rear overhangs. The Aveo provides generous headroom and contributes to its substantial interior roominess with a height of 1495 mm (58.8-inch). Its 2481 mm (97.7-inch) wheelbase contributes to a smooth ride and stability. Overall body length is 4236 mm (166.8-inch) for the 4-door sedan and 3880 mm (152.8-inch) for the 5-door hatchback. Both models have an overall 1671 mm (65.8-inch) width.

The Aveo features the most powerful standard engine in its price class. The refined and proven 1.6-liter DOHC, 16-valve inline 4-cylinder powertrain delivers a peppy 105 hp @ 5800 rpm and 107 lb-ft of torque @ 3600 rpm. For quicker warm-ups in Canadian winters, the Aveo is equipped with a standard block heater. On base models, the engine is mated to a standard smooth shifting 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic.

The Aveo’s suspension system features MacPherson struts and anti-roll bars up front and atorsion bar torsion beam axle with coil springs in the rear. For stopping power, all Aveo models feature a standard power-assisted dual-diagonal brake system with ventilated discs in front and self-adjusting drum brakes in the rear. A four-channel, four-sensor ABS system is also available on all models.

The Aveo is equipped with a standard power rack-and-pinion steering system – its turning radius is an impressive 5 metres (16.8 feet). P185/60R14 all-season steel-belted radials are standard.

With 2576 litres (91 cubic feet) of interior volume, the Aveo provides accommodation for up to five passengers. Its high roof provides plenty of headroom – 998.2 mm (39.3-inch) in front and 955.4 mm (37.6-inch) in the rear with generous 894 mm (35.2-inch) rear seat legroom. The hatchback’s third window and large rear glass provides a bright friendly atmosphere inside giving the impression of an even larger vehicle interior.

The Aveo comes with GM’s 5-year/100,000 km powertrain and 3-year/60,000 km total warranty.

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