The Chevrolet Aveo is classified as a subcompact vehicle and manufacturing for it began in 2002. This car has been marketed in 120 different countries throughout the world under six different brand names, including Chevrolet, Holden, Pontiac, Daewoo, ZAZ, and Suzuki. The first generation Aveo was initially called “Daewoo Kalos” in South Korea where it was originally manufactured and sold. The second generation of this vehicle premiered in January of 2011 and was marketed on an international level as the Chevrolet Aveo, though it was sold as the Chevrolet Sonic in Chile, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and Japan. The vehicle’s name, Aveo, is derived from the Latin word which means “desire”.
The first generation of the Aveo, which was based on the T200 platform, replaced the Daewoo Lanos or T100, and development on it began just before Daewoo’s declaration of bankruptcy. The Kalos was manufactured in early March of 2002 and pre-production prototype models were displayed for the public to see at the Geneva Auto Show in April of 2002. The Kalos was initially designed by Italdesign and was a concept vehicle which was initially presented to the public at the Paris Motor Show in 2002.
The T200 model sedan as well as the 5-door hatchback version featured a swage line which ran along its lower body to the rear door. All of the five-door vehicles featured a side-window in the C/D pillar which had a characteristic angled lower edge. The interior of these vehicles had a circular motif going throughout. The T250 came with a great number of improvements and innovations in 2005 and was first seen by the public at the Auto Shanghai. The new and improved instrument panel that Chevrolet had designed went on display with this new vehicle, as well as some minor equipment changes and increased sound deadening.
The T300 Aveo marked the second generation of these vehicles and were first displayed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, following the Gamma II global subcompact platform. This vehicle was previewed earlier in the year under the “Aveo RS” name, and the concept had 19” wheels as well as a M32 6-speed manual transmission with a 1.4 liter turbocharged Ecotec engine which was rated at 103 kilowatts or 138 horsepower. The development of the second generation of this vehicle was headed by GM Korea with Opel engineers playing a very important role as well.
The 2011 Sonic Z-Spec #1 is the turbocharged five-door version with Z-spec accessories. Some of these accessories include a spoiler, unique grille and graphics package, Z-Spec concept 18” wheels, a Cobalt Red cabin, and Torch Red body color. The concept for the Sonic Z-Spec #2 was based on Sonic with 1.4 liter turbo engine as well as six-speed manual transmission. These vehicle has a unique and innovative Sonic Boom Concept sound system which offered a higher level of performance than any other audio system in any of Chevrolet’s other vehicles at the time.
The Sonic JBL Sound Limited model was limited to just 50 units and was a version of the Chevrolet Sonic 5-door hatchback which was intended only for the Japanese market. This particular model had an 8-speaker sound system as well as a front fog lamp, short antenna, body color that matched the rear spoiler, and a ‘SOUND LIMITED’ plate. This vehicle first started being sold 2/25/2012 and was first unveiled in NEOPASA Shimizu. There are a number of different Aveo models and despite the fact that this vehicle has only been around for a relatively short amount of time, it has still managed to become extremely popular with consumers and one of Chevrolet’s top sellers.