From Chevrolet Press: The 2008 Chevrolet Aveo sedan cruises into the new model year with refinements designed to bolster its appearance and safety. In the style department, new 15-inch aluminum wheels join the lineup, along with chrome door handles. From a safety standpoint, a tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
The Aveo sedan offers a smart-looking exterior and a roomy interior that is characterized by thoughtful details and refinement. It also delivers a confident, dynamic driving experience and generous features usually seen in more expensive cars. It was designed to challenge expectations of what an entry-level car can deliver. Also returning for ’08 is the versatile Aveo5, a five-door model infused with the dynamic attributes of the Aveo sedan, but with a distinctive five-door body style.
Powering Aveo and Aveo5 is GM’s proven, sophisticated 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine that produces 103 horsepower (77 kW) and 107 lb.-ft. of torque (148 Nm). The engine is enhanced by an electronic throttle control and variable geometry induction system, which help maximize power across the rpm range.
The engine’s variable geometry induction system is designed with a longer runner length at slower speeds to increase low-end torque up to 10 percent. The system includes a bypass valve that is activated in high rpm or heavy throttle applications.
The segment-exclusive Hold Control Mode special feature helps reduce wheel spin and traction loss on slick roads by allowing the driver to select and hold a higher gear, which reduces torque to the wheels. It enables sportier driving operation by allowing the driver to control shift points similar to manual transmission operation.