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2007 Chevrolet Aveo

navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
edited August 2014 in Chevrolet
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.......

Pictures and Inside Line coverage


  • 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?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Manson, WAPosts: 7,239
    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?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • 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: 211
    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: 211
    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: 211
    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: 211
    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?).
  • vw79type2vw79type2 Posts: 37
    I had a dealer tell me they have actually quit making the hatchback already. Don't know if he was telling the truth. No word on a replacement. :confuse:
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    Oh drat, I hope that isn't true. I like the hatch. They just need to do the same updates as on the sedan. :(
  • harrycheztharrychezt Posts: 405
    I wish GM would make a 3 door hatch. Could be interesting.
    the sedan is really nice with all of the features!

    If this thing is priced right, and no rough spots.... they will sell a lot of these.

    Wish they would have dropped a slightly larger engine in it.
    Anyhow.....before ya know it, ya'll see them on lots everywhere.

    Have a good one.
  • We have a small business that needs to deliver goods, namely fish tanks...
    We have a 2004 Aveo 5 door. Its an OK car, but for the size, the mileage isn't great. It has some noise issues...
    Today we looked at some new cars for personal use. First the Honda Fit. Wonderful car, but not worth $16,000. We drove the 2006 Accent, because we don't need a station wagon. With auto & air we could get one for about $13,300 including rebate. The Accent is a very basic car. With automatic, it downshifts and revs to 6000 rpm accelerating to 60 mph on the highway ramp. I'd call it slightly faster than the Aveo. Looks like we can expect slightly higher mpg too. For the same price, the Accent is the deal to beat.
    For the sake of comparison, we looked for a Kia Rio. The local dealer has very few Kias. They also sell Nissan, but my guess is 50% of their sales are used. Back in 2004, we were very interested in the Kia Rio Cinco. Because the salesman was such a liar, we bought the Chevy. Today he refused to show us the Rio sedan or wagon, instead he was trying to push two overpriced 2005 Kia Spectra leftovers. He did have one Rio sedan and one Rio wagon on hand. We are going to try another dealer.
    At this point, the Kia has no $1,000 rebate, so it costs too much. That could change in June... I don't like that you have to spend $600 on power windows and locks on the Rio to get the optional ABS. The Kia could be a nice car...
    Last week we looked at a Toyota Yaris. This thing is tiny. It gets great fuel economy, but has even less pep getting on the highway. While the Accent revs and struggles to get to 60 mph, the Yaris can't be bothered... it will get to 60 when its good and ready.
    Is the Yaris worth the extra $1,000 and slightly smaller size? Maybe. Fuel is expensive. Next year I'd bet $3 will seem cheap.
    All these cars have some compromises. I'm hoping the Aveo will at least became competitive with Hyundai and Kia.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    If you take everything into consideration, the Yaris may be the better buy. I learned myself not to only look at the initial price to get into a car -- I own a 2004 Aveo that has no resale value to speak of, dubious reliability and virtually no aftermarket parts available. Repairs are expensive and the dealerships are poorly trained and stocked.

    I believe the Yaris has a timing chain rather than a rubber belt that needs replacing every 50-60K miles at $500 a pop -- that could save thousands over the life of a vehicle. The resale value will always be higher, regardless of mileage or condition, than an Aveo or Accent, and the greater gas mileage will also be worth many dollars over the long haul.

    When I factor in all the costs, the Aveo may cost as much or more than a Honda or Toyota I thought were too expensive.
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    orange is MY color for this car!!! it is not too flashy it just has the right amount of "look at me" (the car, not the driver) without being right in your face.
    i also like the medium gray, pretty classy. under no consideration would I get the yellow way...once was enough back in the 90's... :confuse:
  • canuck785canuck785 Posts: 160
    my chevy dealer told me today that the new 2007 aveo will be starting to arrive at dealers in august.
  • 79customd79customd Posts: 87
    Where did the SVM Aveo Sedan go? Dropping that line raised the price up to starting around 12k as opposed to the sub 10k Hatchback. That is the main differense I saw with Chevy revamping the Sedan, the price jump? Anybody heard of why they dropped it or if its coming back later this year?

    Also, The Aveo appeals to a mainly youthful market, myself included. Am I alone when I say that some sort of Aveo SS would hit the market by storm? Maybe put the Cobalt Supercharged SS 2.0L in the Aveo. That would more than solve the acceleration problem and would sale like hotcakes to the younger buyers. Chevy could do that and still probably keep the price under 15k. ;)
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Acceleration tests by magazines ranging from Car and Driver to Motor Trend and Popular Mechanics actually show that the Yaris is faster than the Accent.

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