A history of the Chevrolet Aveo
A short history of Chevrolet’s Aveo model.
The Chevrolet Aveo was first introduced onto the commercial market by GM Daewoo in 2002. The vehicle was marketed in a total of 120 countries upon its release under a series of monikers including; Pontiac, Chevrolet, Daewoo, Holden and Suzuki. The first generation model of the Aveo was originally branded as the Daewoo Kalos in South Korea before being re-named Daewoo Gentra. For the second generation the car was branded as the Chevrolet Aveo worldwide apart from North America where it is known as the Chevrolet Sonic.
The first generation Aveo was based on the T200 platform that was created to replace the Daewoo Lanos T100. Development had begun on the vehicle before Daewoo went bankrupt. Subsequently it was the first vehicle release by the company under the takeover by General Motors. The manufacturing of the Chevrolet Aveo began in early 2002 with a series of pre-production prototypes being revealed at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. The Chevrolet Aveo was originally designed by Italdesign, a company famous for also working on Volkswagen and Bugati models, who aimed for a sleek and modern look.
In 2005 GM released an updated sedan variation of the Chevrolet Aveo. The new vehicle featured a series of design changes to both the interior and exterior. One area that the company focused on was reducing the coefficient of drag from 0.348 to 0.326. They achieved this by implementing wind tunnel testing and moving the radio antenna into the rear window glass.
The second generation Aveo models or T300 were unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show to critical acclaim. The vehicle features a 1.4 L Ecotex turbo I4 engine and front wheel drive.