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New Chevrolet Aveo with efficient, low-emission engines

29 January 2012

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Combining sleek looks, sporty handling, key safety features, fuel economy and versatility, the new Aveo is a small car that makes no compromises.

Designed to expand on the success of the first-generation model, the new Aveo is a five-door hatchback that delivers excellent ride and handling characteristics in a sporty and sophisticated design.

Equally at home on the daily commute or a weekend drive to the countryside, the new Aveo is a compelling choice for young and young-at-heart, style-conscious drivers.

The new Aveo has a completely redesigned exterior and cabin, plus a newly developed chassis and body structure, as well as a range of upgraded fuel-efficient, low-emission engines.

The new Aveo has been engineered to make everyday driving in a small car a dynamic and enjoyable experience, while delivering great value for money. In order to ensure responsive handling, engineers developed an all-new chassis for the Aveo that is among the most rigid in its segment.

An engaging  drive with safety at its core

The Aveo’s sporty driving experience is integral to its appeal. It consists of an exceptionally rigid body-frame-integral structure, with the upper body and the frame engineered as a single unit, ensuring a more mass-efficient and stiffer structure. Advanced steels provide considerably greater tensile strength, which improves occupant safety.

A MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bar, and a torsion beam axle-mount compound link-type rear suspension, deliver a tempered, stable ride. The vehicle’s outstanding feedback to the driver is enhanced by electronic stability control (ESC) and an electric power-steering system (EPS), which is fitted to all models. This sophisticated support system includes a wear compensator to guarantee consistently precise steering as the vehicle ages.

The advanced body-frame-integral structure is also key to the vehicle’s advanced safety performance. In the event of an incident, the roof can support up to 4.2 times the car’s weight. A set of carefully tuned sensors is wired to six airbags, which are standard, as is a four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist.

The driver can activate cruise control with speed limiter function. Once the set maximum speed is reached, the system triggers an audible alarm.

The Aveo also offers a quiet, relaxed driving experience. Refined noise-control measures have, in some instances, resulted in a damping performance that is 40 per cent greater than with previous materials and techniques.

Distinctive five-door bodystyle

The Aveo’s external styling brings a youthful feel and sportiness to the class. At the front, a large twin grille with centrally positioned badge immediately identify it as a Chevrolet.

Distinguishing features include exposed, motorcycle-inspired headlamps, devoid of any lens cover. They are housed in dual tubes, with high-gloss black bezels and chrome rings. As with the Chevrolet Spark, the rear door pull handles sit in the upper section of the door, creating a coupé-like appearance.

Efficient and fuel-saving powertrains

Fuel efficiency, enjoyable driving and a small environmental footprint were the main criteria guiding the design of the Aveo’s engine line-up. The 1.4-litre petrol engine (100PS) gives the Aveo lively acceleration and an immediate feeling of performance during low-speed driving.

The petrol engine range also includes 1.2-litre units rated at 86PS plus a 1.3 VCDi diesel engine. The latter is the first VCDi diesel to appear in a small Chevrolet in Europe, and features common-rail fuel injection, stop/start technology and a variable-geometry turbocharger. It is available with two power outputs – 75 and 95PS – with the latter also offered in low-emission EcoDiesel form.

The petrol engines feature dual-overhead camshafts and variable valve timing; the cast-iron cylinder block is based on a hollow frame structure. The 1.2 and 1.4 have a cast-iron bedplate that provides a stiffer structure, resulting in quieter and smoother engine performance.

Fuel consumption and emissions are among the best in the sector with the 95PS 1.3-litre EcoDiesel capable of returning 78.4mpg on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions for the range start from just 95g/km for the 1.3-litre EcoDiesel.

The Aveo is the first Chevrolet small car with a six-speed automatic transmission. Available with the 100PS 1.4-litre petrol model, it offers smooth changes and is perfectly suited to urban driving.

Even in basic trim, the Aveo gets features such as air-conditioning, cruise control, remote locking, a rear spoiler, CD-stereo radio, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors and electric front windows.

The mid-range LT model adds more luxury features – 15-inch alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls,, a four-way adjustable driver’s seat, sunglasses holder, a Driver Information Centre, Bluetooth phone compatibility with music streaming, and a chrome gear knob surround, yet is priced from a very competitive £10,995 on-the-road.

The top specification LTZ variant has features normally reserved for bigger and much more expensive cars, including a leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, six speakers, rear parking sensors and automatic headlamps. Prices start at £12,195.

Four engines are available – a 1.2-litre petrol unit developing 86PS, a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 100PS and two 1.3-litre VCDi diesels, with power outputs of either 75 or 95PS. All except the 1.3 VCDi 95PS come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard (the 95PS VCDi has a six-speed), while the 1.4-litre models have the option of a six-speed automatic.

All Aveos are backed by a five-year warranty for further peace of mind for owners.

Model Engine Transmission CO2 emissions Insurance group (50) On-the-road price
LS 1.2 petrol 86PS 5-speed manual 111g/km 5E T2 £9,995
LT 1.2 petrol 86PS 5-speed manual 111g/km 5E T2 £10,995
LT 1.3 VCDi 75PS 5-speed manual 99g/km 6E T2 £12,345
LT 1.4 petrol 100PS 6-speed auto 147g/km 7E T2 £12,375
LT 1.3 VCDi Eco 95PS 5-speed manual 95g/km 9E T2 £12,795
LTZ 1.4 petrol 100PS 5-speed manual 125g/km 7E T2 £12,195
LTZ 1.4 petrol 100PS 6-speed auto 147g/km 7E T2 £13,195
LTZ 1.3 VCDi 95PS 6-speed manual 108g/km 10E T2 £13,615


Model 1.2-litre petrol
1.4-litre petrol
1.4-litre petrol
1.3-litre (75PS)
VCDi Diesel Manual
1.3-litre (95PS)
VCDi Diesel Manual
1.3-litre (95PS) VCDi Diesel Eco Manual
Engine data            
Engine, location: front, transverse
in front of axle
front, transverse
in front of axle
front, transverse
in front of axle
front, transverse
in front of axle
front, transverse
in front of axle
front, transverse
in front of axle
Cylinders, number: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Bore (mm): 73.4 73.4 73.4 69.6 69.6 69.6
Stroke (mm): 72.6 82.6 82.6 82 82 82
Displacement (cc): 1229 1398 1398 1248 1248 1248
Compression ratio: 10.5 10.5 10.5 16.8 16.8 16.8
Output (kW/PS at 1/min): 63 / 86 @ 5600 74 / 101 @ 6000 74 / 101 @ 6000 55 / 75 @4000 70 / 95 @4000 70 / 95 @4000
Torque (Nm at 1/min): 115Nm @ 4000 130Nm @ 4000 130Nm @ 4000 190Nm @ 1750-2500 210Nm @ 1750-2500 190Nm @ 1750-2500
Transmission, type: manual manual auto manual manual manual
Final drive ratio 4.188 4.625 4.112 3.737 3.722 3.550
Clutch, type: hydraulic hydraulic hydraulic hydraulic hydraulic hydraulic
Suspension front: MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension rear: Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Top Speed (mph) 107 108 109 101 108 108
Acceleration 0-62 mph (s) 13.6 12.2 13.1 14.2 12.6 11.7
Model 1.2-litre petrol


1.4-litre petrol
1.4-litre petrol
1.3-litre (75PS)
VCDi Diesel Manual
1.3-litre (95PS)
VCDi Diesel Manual
1.3-litre (95PS) VCDi Diesel Eco Manual
Fuel economy            
     urban 48.7 41.5 34.0 65.6 58.8 67.2
     extra-urban 68.9 62.7 55.3 83.1 78.4 85.6
     combined 60.9 53.3 44.8 74.3 68.9 78.4
CO2 emissions (g/km) 111 125 147 99 108 95
Exterior Length (mm) 4039 4039 4039 4039 4039 4039
Exterior width excluding mirrors (mm) 1735 1735 1735 1735 1735 1735
Exterior Height (mm) 1517 1517 1517 1517 1517 1517
Wheelbase (mm) 2525 2525 2525 2525 2525 2525
Track front (mm) 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509
Track rear (mm) 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509
Luggage capacity (L)
2nd Row seat up
290/653 290/653 290/653 290/653 290/653 290/653
Turning circle; wall to wall 5.03 5.03 5.03 5.03 5.03 5.03
Kerb weight (kg) 1064 1089 1117 1172 1185 1165
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 1539 1575 1600 1647 1675 1605
Payload (kgs) 472 483 483 475 490 440
Fuel tank capacity (L) 46 46 46 46 46 40


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