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2007 Chevrolet Aveo

Discuss the new Chevrolet Aveo here, which just debuted at the LA Auto Show. This segment will be highly competitive in the next few years with the introduction of the New Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit/Jazz. Rumor has that even Ford plans to bring the Fiesta soon.

I like the look of the new car, it looks similar to the Optra/Forenza. The new car is bigger in every dimension, and the interior looks pretty good too. A lot of good features will also be offered.

The Aveo sells very well overseas and also in the US, as Chevy sold 68,085 units in 2005 compared with 56,642 in 2004, a 20.2% increase.

So, discuss this new car here, its looks, pricing, competition, buying experience.......

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  • Looks like another boring sedan from GM. The previous one at least was good looking.
  • Looks a lot better than the previous one. more aggressive.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    looks ok. I think I still prefer a Yaris or Fit.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Certainly hope that's not dropped. The sedan looks more Chevy and may be some improvement from the original--although a bit boring. The car looks best as a 5-door.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Don't worry it's not being dropped. Only the sedan is being redesigned.

    Here are more pictures and if you read to the right it confirms the hatch wont be dropped.

    The Aveo looks good in orange don't you think.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Why just the sedan? Is this a total redesign or just a refresh?
  • 4-door sedan Chevy Aveo, not just a refresh. Looks pretty good, although I don't really like the tail treatment. I don't loathe it, either. Reminds me of several other cars back there, from Chevy to Ford to Honda.

    I think that if they price this one competitively it will sell well for them. To a degree, at least. Will it be enough to save GM's bacon, though?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    It is a total redesign, but only the sedan is being redesigned. I would expect the hatchback redesign to come the next year later probably, in 2008.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 209
    Depends how you define "total redesign", I guess. The sheetmetal and the interior are new, but it is still the same car with the same drivetrain.

    Have over 50K miles on my 2004, and this 2007 better not have one extra pound to pull with the skimpy 103 HP engine. Mine treats every highway upgrade and on-ramp curve as a battle to be overcome.

    Wish they had skipped the redesign and put the millions into a better suspension and 10 extra horsepower. Extra fuel economy would have been nice too!
  • i feel that the best redesign for the aveo would be to add a hybrid component. it seems like the perfect candidate with the small engine displacment and decent side engine compartment. anyone else think so?
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 209
    Absolutely -- it's a perfect candidate for a hybrid drivetrain. It would boost city mileage running just the electric motor and add some zip on hills. Gas mileage would certainly move up into the 40's.

    Even if it added $3,000 to the price, it would still be $13 - 16K depending on trim and options. Nice alternative for those who can't fork over $21K for a Prius.
  • bmarabmara Posts: 3
    Chevy needs a new engine and maybe c vt transmission in the Aveo and the Cobalt. So that they get better mpg. They have two good cars going for them. But there half baked. Chevy needs variable valve timing in their base engines and a c vt transmission is needed. To get better mpg to compete with the foreign cars. With the Fit, Yaris, Civic,and all the other economy cars out there. They need to get away from the mentality of trying to bring up the rear. They to get ahead of the pack.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 209
    Yes, a better and more efficient drivetrain would help. Also, they should upgrade the suspension -- one of the biggest complaints is the creaking and groaning from the components while turning, braking and over bumps.

    Mine sounds like it was taken directly out of a 1972 Gremlin that's been sitting in a field for 15 years. Truly embarassing!!
  • My 04 ONLY has around 10 k and it's been in three times for a suspension creak/squeek that they can't seem to repair.

    Now the door has a nice little creak to it when the body flexes...

    Noises are a pet peeve of mine! :P :lemon:
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 209
    They can't repair it and there are no replacement components other than standard GM. Have been looking for struts and shocks and there are none! :(
  • mazda6iguymazda6iguy Posts: 365
    When will the new Aveo's be available at the dealerships?
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    why are they redesigning the sedan, :confuse: but not the hatchback....?
  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    all i can comment on is from what i saw at the columbus autoshow in march.
    They had a blue 07 aveo, doors open, and roped off.
    what made it stand out?
    well, all leather(or leather seating surfaces, and the rest leatherette, or whatever they call it these days), 4(or 5?) headrests, that are adjustable, and decent looking (fake) wood trim.

    I think it was two-tone dash, also, and beige leather.

    I do not know why GM shows only the grey plastic/cloth set ups(especially on the internet clips. they should show both interiors). The leather/wood(2 tone dash, if i recall correctly) looks like a different car all together.

    Smoked anything in this class, with this set up, Look Wise(quality-wise? Will have to wait and see, since it is not out yet).

    Wish we could have sat in the thing, and looked closer at the seat material, panel alignment/gaps,etc.

    It did look good, loaded up(and sunroof, too).

    No prices, etc, were mentioned at the show.
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    I saw the same car here at the Dallas Auto Shown. It was not roped off and I did get to inspect every inch of it. Dang I wish my 04 was like that one. :D
  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    sounds good. A test drive(if I can find one loaded) will be in order, as soon as they hit the lots this Summer(heard June-August?).
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