The Chevrolet Aveo is a subcompact car manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors Company, from 2002 to 2020 for two generations. Chevrolet sold the Aveo under seven different brands in various nations (including Chevrolet, Daewoo, ZAZ, Holden, Pontiac, Ravon, and Suzuki, among others) for a total of 120 countries. Production of the second-generation Sonic, also known as the Aveo, started with the 2012 model year and continued until October 2020.
History of the Chevrolet Aveo
First Generation Chevrolet Aveo (T200; 2002–2012)
Chevy sought to maintain a presence in Europe for as long as possible, so it provided a cheap car built on an outdated Daewoo platform. After Daewoo was removed from the European market, Chevrolet stepped in with the Aveo family of cars to serve as an upgrade to the Chevrolet Spark (the Daewoo Matiz). The new line-up was designed by Giugiaro Studios and featured a four-door sedan, a three-door hatchback, and a five-door hatchback. Fiat offered four different engines under the hood, each tailored to a certain market. Their output was somewhere between 71 and 105 horsepower. Some models offered a 4-speed automatic transmission in addition to the 5-speed manual that came standard.
The Daewoo Lanos (T100) was succeeded by the "Daewoo Kalos," released by GM Daewoo in September 2002, and built on the brand-new T200 chassis. The Daewoo Kalos was the first new model introduced after General Motors acquired the business. Production of the Kalos started in the first few weeks of March 2002, with early models debuting at the Geneva Auto Show the following April.
At the 2005 Auto Shanghai Show, GM debuted the considerably updated sedan they had been working on with PATAC. It is sold as the Daewoo Gentra in South Korea, carrying the internal designation T250. The Chevrolet Aveo, which debuted as a refreshed hatchback at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and is now sold worldwide, shares its revised dashboard with the sedan.
Ravon Nexia R3
In 2016, the Chevrolet Aveo T250 sedan debuted as the Ravon Nexia R3 in Russia and Uzbekistan. The vehicle was manufactured at the General Motors plant in Uzbekistan.
Second Generation Chevrolet Aveo (T300; 2012–2020)
The second generation Aveo premiered at the 2010 Paris Motor Show using the Gamma II global subcompact platform. Conceptualized as the Aveo RS and displayed earlier during the year, it had a 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec motor and an M32 six-speed manual gearbox and was rated at 138 hp (103 kW). GM Korea oversaw the development of the second-generation Aveo, with assistance from Opel engineers who supervised platform development and experts from Holden of Australia and Chevrolet of the United States, among others. The Gamma II worldwide subcompact platform debuted with the Aveo. Holden's Australian designer, Ondrej Koromhaz, who was on loan to GM Korea from 2005 to 2007, designed the exterior. Koromhaz intended the Aveo to resemble a "four-seat motorcycle," The vehicle's exposed headlamps and motorcycle-style instrument cluster are clear evidence of this. In the Americas, the Middle East, Japan, South Africa, and other Southeast Asian nations, Chevrolet sold the new Aveo as the Chevrolet Sonic. It went on sale as the Holden Barina in Australia and New Zealand until early 2019. While sales of the Aveo stopped in Europe in 2014, Chevrolet kept the Aveo name there because of the region's long-standing affection for the brand.
The base LS sedan or hatchback model of the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo costs about $12,700, while the fully-loaded LT model costs almost $20,000. That is around $16,721–$26,333 in 2022.
Features of the Chevrolet Aveo
The sedan version was a competitive offering in the Eastern European market, which favors vehicles with three body compartments. After the global financial crisis, the economy and the sales of affordable cars both surged. The five adults and their luggage would fit comfortably in the four-door saloon's spacious interior. In comparison to its predecessor, the 2011 Aveo shared nothing in common. The design was more aggressive, and there were optional light alloy wheels for the higher trims. The interior materials matched the vehicle's price range and class—the standard features of air conditioning, central locking, and a sound system. The trunk's capacity of 502 liters (17.7 cu-ft) was impressive. The range of customization options was extensive, and an automatic transmission was also an option. However, the automobile failed to sell well. Its base price was excessively high, and the added cost of its optional features made it more expensive than comparable models.
Chevrolet released the Chevrolet Aveo from 2002 to 2020. The manufacturer stopped producing the Aveo in March 2019 in South Korea.