2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Chevrolet Aveo Preview

January 7, 2010

The latest on the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) surfaced earlier today in grainy unauthorized photos--but now you don't have to wait any more to see the first official photos of the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo.

The new Aveo's due for a Detroit auto show preview on Monday, and GM's lifted the veil on its newest economy car this morning with photos and some details.

The Aveo RS is technically a concept car--meaning, you'll be unlikely to see the car's 19-inch wheels and jazzy styling add-ons when the Aveo reaches dealerships by the end of the year. However, the concept car is very close to production versions we've seen in the GM styling studios--though there are additional body styles not revealed alongside this five-door concept.

We expect GM to offer a four-door sedan to go for a ride along with the new Aveo, giving the lineup a competitor for the coming Ford Fiesta, and an alternative to the hatchback-only Honda Fit.

Under the concept flares and cues, there's a good-looking subcompact in the Aveo RS--a big improvement over the dowdy car that earns a lowly 5.2 out of 10 from TheCarConnection's editors. In an interview during a GM backgrounder this summer, one executive says that's because the design of the new car came from GM's team in the United States--where the current car was farmed out to the company's Korean subsidiary, GM Daewoo.

GM's released a few technical details, including the fact that the Aveo concept shares the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze's 138-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In a release, GM also says the Aveo is longer and wider than today's car, but doesn't reveal any dimensions.

There's more in our full preview of the new Aveo, along with more photos. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection next week, when we'll bring you live shots of the 2011 Aveo along with the rest of the world debuts planned for Detroit--the Cadillac CTS-V, the 2012 Ford Focus, the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe and more.

2011 Chevrolet Aveo full preview and photos

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2010 Detroit Auto Show: Stay Updated

This year's Detroit show is open to the public from January 16th. For more on visiting the show on your own, steer over to the Detroit Auto Show Web site.

Bookmarks: Follow our Detroit auto show tag and this 2010 Detroit Auto Show page for updates; follow the official NAIAS Web site for more

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