2010 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Chevrolet Aveo hatchback will debut at the Paris auto show.
- The new hatchback is based on the Aveo RS showcar first seen in Detroit.
- Aveo hatchback goes on sale in 2011.
DETROIT — A Chevrolet Aveo hatchback inspired by the Aveo RS showcar will make its world premiere at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and is headed for showrooms in the U.S. in 2011, General Motors said on Wednesday.
The Chevrolet Aveo RS debuted at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
Chevrolet did not spell out U.S. specifications for the Aveo hatchback, saying in a statement that "final specifications of the new Aveo will be carefully tailored to each market in which it's offered."
It noted that Chevrolet's "first six-speed transmission on a small car be will be featured on the Aveo 1.4 and 1.6 as an option in most European markets; manual transmissions are of five- or six-speed depending on engine choice."
The European engine range includes two 1.2-liter four-cylinder engines at 70 and 86 horsepower, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine at 100 hp and a 115-hp 1.6-liter unit. Aveo will also be offered with two versions of a 1.3-liter diesel engine in Europe, said GM.
Design elements on the hatchback include exposed twin headlamps and rear door handles "hidden" in the C-pillar.
In the cabin, the instrument panel is said to be "motorcycle inspired" and includes an analog tachometer combined with a digital speedometer. The front cabin has a wraparound fascia that can be color-coded to match the exterior.
GM said electronic power steering, stability control and antilock brakes will be standard.
Edmunds.com says: Smart move on the part of GM, especially since the Aveo RS was well received. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent