Chevrolet of America has taken the wraps off of its version of the Aveo, which will be called the Sonic there and in the process it has unveiled the four-door version.
The five-door hatchback Aveo was already revealed at the Paris Motor Show late last year and the four-door sedan completes the range as a more practical alternative, albeit somewhat more conservative in appearance.
Chevrolet of America is bold in its claims that its new baby will "blend the practicality of a small car with the passion for driving that Chevrolet vehicles like the Corvette are known for."
Big words indeed but they can at least claim that the chassis was tuned by Corvette engineers (even if they only had a basic MacPherson strut front and rear torsion beam to work with) and above that the American version is endowed with some decent fire power.
This Cruze-based engine line-up the offers the choice between a 101kW/167Nm 1.8-litre and a 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbo. Transmission options comprise five- and six-speed manuals and a six-speed automatic.
The European Aveo instead offers 52kW and 64kW 1.2-litre and 75kW 1.4-litre petrols (the latter two being the most likely starters for the South African market) and 56kW and 71kW 1.3-litre turbodiesels.
Not just about style and performance, the Aveo/Sonic is big on practicality too, GM claiming that both versions offer more rear-seat room than a Ford Fiesta and that the sedan has the biggest boot in its class.
Top models can be specced to the hilt with niceties like heated front seats and keyless entry and start while all models set a high safety standard with 10 airbags.
Chev bought out Daewoo and is now using Korea as a world wide Manufacturing plant. Similar to Mercedes, BMW and Toyota using South Africa and distributing world wide
My wife has got a Chevy Spark. We drove 1000kms on holiday, it cost us R430 on the way up and R400 on the way down..... awesome little car.
It's really a Korean Daewoo.
Not bad for A chevy
As per usual, the smaller, cheaper engines will be brought to South Africa but will be sold at the same price as the larger more expensive ones. Typical.
Beautiful, But if it comes to SA we will be ripped off as usual.
Pity a diesel version will not be heading for SA because for some reason there is no market for it. Yet VW, Ford, and the french cars have diesels in this segment so why not Chev.
this is a very nice car, i wish it can come to SA. bravo Chev!
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