GM to Premier Aveo Hatchback at Paris Motor Show; Diesel with Start/Stop

The Aveo 5-door. Click to enlarge.

GM will introduce the Aveo 5-door at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The car will go on sale in the United States and Canada in 2011. The Aveo RS show car was displayed at the Detroit and Geneva motor shows earlier in 2010.

The new Aveo is longer and wider than the current model. In Europe, the Aveo will offer a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines including, for the first time, two versions of a 1.3-liter diesel engine (at 75 hp/56 kW and at 95 hp/71 kW) featuring Start/Stop technology. The gasoline engine range includes two 1.2-liter versions (at 70 hp/52 kW and at 86 hp/64 kW), a 1.4-liter unit (100 hp/75 kW) and a 1.6-liter (115 hp/86 kW).

Chevrolet’s first 6-speed automatic transmission on a small car will be featured on the Aveo 1.4 and 1.6 as an option in most European markets; manual transmissions are of 5 or 6 speed depending on engine choice.

Aveo has been engineered to provide communicative handling, a characteristic which stems partly from its tight body frame integral (BFI) structure where high levels of torsional rigidity have been achieved.

Electronic power steering (EPS), Electronic stability control (ESC) and ABS brakes will be standard.

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