Sometimes the unexpected happens. Like catching a Chevrolet Aveo at the Nurburging for instance. Mind you a high-performance version of the tiny hatch would be perfectly suited to the track but this spied model is a normal one. Although previous spy pictures did not convincingly show the car as an Aveo, this is the real deal.
It is said to be due for launch in 2010 as a 2011 model. Gamma 2, the platform on which it is to be based, will be shared with the next-generation Opel Corsa and the upcoming confirmed Beat.
There is also a body of thought which says this Aveo is the same as a car called the Viva which is a premium subcompact rivalling the likes of the Honda City. The Viva is scheduled for release in South America this year.
General Motors will most likely be left with Chevrolet as its global mass-market brand. The Aveo will play a central role in attracting new customers to the GM fold. Therefore a lot of development work has gone into making sure it meets these expectations. One of the main ways to do that was to create a high-quality interior. To that end Chevrolet used the Cruze (aka Lacetti in Korea) and Orlando as design inspirations for the Aveo's interior.
We should see a production version unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show.