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Spotlight

Chevrolet Aveo

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:37

Aveo reigns supreme in Mexico’s automotive industry by being the bestselling car for the past three years, with 65,331 units sold in 2013. The Aveo is a subcompact car that traces its lineage to GM’s South Korean subsidiary, Daewoo, and is marketed worldwide in 120 countries under six brands. It first became a household name in Mexico in 2006 when it entered the market as the Pontiac G3. In 2008, the Aveo’s reputation was further bolstered when it garnered a “Made in Mexico” stamp after it began to be manufactured at the GM plant in San Luis Potosi. Aveo’s signature double grill, creased metalwork, and sweat-back headlights make it a stylish and distinguished member of the subcompact segment. Its light controls and its four cylinder 1.6-litre engine that provides 103hp intend to make it easy to manoeuver around town and on highways.

The Aveo LS and LT model come equipped with 14-inch and 15-inch steel rims respectively, with the larger style coupled with aluminium rims to furnish the LTZ model with a touch of style. One of the reasons Aveo’s ride quality is undoubtedly smooth is the generous sidewalls of its Goodyear Excellence economy tires. Another easily overlooked detail that actually places the Aveo above the class norm is its boot capacity of 290l with the rear seats in place, and 653l with them folded.

This car is equipped with ABS in both the front and rear wheels and includes security features like airbags in the driver and passenger sides, collapsible steering column, side impact door beams, and three-point seat belts. Technological amenities, although modest, are sufficient enough to fulfill a driver’s basic requirements. For instance, the four speaker sound system can be controlled from the steering wheel and it supports Bluetooth connection and has an additional USB port. This system enables drivers to have their hands on the wheel at all times. As a vehicle that appreciates practicality and value, it certainly ticks all the boxes for the Mexican consumer market.