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Spy shots: Next-gen Chevrolet Aveo delayed until January 2011


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The Chevrolet Beat has been paraded around the last several auto shows as the forerunner to the production Spark hatchback revealed at March’s Geneva Motor Show, which will sit just below the Aveo as Chevy's smallest car. In the past couple of months, spy photos of a Spark-styled but slightly larger vehicle have been captured as it undergoes testing at Germany’s notorious Nurburgring circuit and it is thought to be the next-generation Aveo.

The 2009 Aveo just began North American production in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in August of last year, but GM is already be working on a replacement.
It won’t be on sale for until January 2011, however, due to GM’s current financial turmoil, which has also affected its Daewoo Auto and Technology South Korean subsidiary. The information was revealed in GM product development plans obtained by Reuters from an auto parts supplier.

The car spotted in the spy shots definitely shares traits with the Spark, possibly reflecting a next-generation styling direction for Chevrolet's small global cars. The stacked double-circle tail lights, rear hatch/spoiler area and sloping roof line are all very similar between the two. Chevrolet badges are also clearly seen underneath stickers on the wheels, leaving little doubt as to its brand identity, and given Chevrolet's lineup, the place for a car slightly bigger than the Spark is where the Aveo currently sits.

Character lines along the side of the car in the spy shots are different from the spark, however, indicating its size difference and possibly helping to differentiate the two stylistically. The headlights are also different, with two side-by-side circular lamps instead of the Spark's giant tear-drop shaped unit.

The interior of the car spotted is very nearly identical to the Spark, however, especially around the instrument panel and center stack area, again possibly reflecting a new interior brand identity.
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  1. South American press call this car "Viva project". It's thought to replace the Corsa C and/or the current Aveo, and fight the Punto, C3, Yaris, Fit and Polo IV.
     
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  2. Hope it is light years ahead of the current one and better milage
     
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  3. And I really hope the production model doesn't come out with a digital speedometer.
     
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  4. It's great to see how GM is still throwing money out the window like they were in no trouble at all.

    To test a POS little car like this at the 'Ring makes no sense at all. But let them. The faster they go into bankruptcy the better.
     
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  5. Let's hope it does not follow in the steps of the POS mammoth abomination Traverse (Travesty?) and get recalled endlessly in its first year of production.
     
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  6. Well....if it is a little econocrap car that actually handles well I would seriously consider it. If that is the case the testing at the 'Ring would have some justification. I'll work with a small car that has little power but handles well. If, however, it has handling on par or only slightly better than the current Aveo I agree that testing it at the 'Ring is a colossal waste of US taxpayer money.
     
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  7. This makes sense, actually.
    If they replace it with a better model, it will compete directly against the Cobalt.
    When Chevy introduces the Cruze, which is certainly upmarket of the Cobalt, the replacement for the Aveo will also replace the Cobalt.
    In addition, they probably have enough inventory to last until 2011.
     
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