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Aveo RS is a car guy's Chevy, Lutz says

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Aveo RS is a car guy's Chevy, Lutz says

Chrissie Thompson

Automotive News -- January 12, 2010 - 12:01 am ET

DETROIT -- Among all of Chevrolet's upcoming small cars, the one inspired by the Aveo RS concept most appeals to car guys, General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said after the model's unveiling Monday at the auto show.

The concept is a sportier version of the current Aveo budget car that hints at the next-generation car due in 2011. Lutz called the car a “pocket rocket” and said he'd like to juice it up more.

“We're showing it with a 1.4 [liter] turbo, but [Vice Chairman] Tom Stephens and I are not satisfied with a 1.4 turbo,” Lutz said. “We'd like something with a little more horsepower, please. So we're working on that.”

The car has a six-speed manual transmission and the same 1.4-liter, 138-hp turbocharged engine that will be available in the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze small car.

The five-door hatchback is longer and wider and has more space than the current Aveo. Motorcycle styling inspired designers to give the show car protruding headlights and taillights, Chevrolet said. The Aveo also has 19-inch wheels designed to appeal to enthusiasts.

The car's blue interior stitching and blue backlit electronic displays echo the electric blue exterior color. That color also is found on the brake calipers, which show through the wheel openings.

The handles on the rear doors are hidden in the C-pillar. A small spoiler flows off the rear roof. Rear seats fold flat for extra space.

The next-generation Aveo will be built next year at GM's plant in Orion Township, Mich. The current Aveo is built in South Korea.

GM originally planned to make the redesigned vehicle in China or Mexico. But last May, the company agreed to build the car in the United States in exchange for UAW concessions in advance of the automaker's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100112/OEM04/100119943/1115#ixzz0cSY16r9U

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FAPTurbo    1,093

Quite a few people have made fun of the Aveo RS, but if this holds true, then maybe this little car could be Chev's 'SRT-4' of the segment.

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ocnblu    776

I will happily eat crow if it becomes necessary.

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hyperv6    774

They were not running this car at the Ring to go get the donuts.

We all should know by now that just about ever vehicle tuned by GM at the Ring has had excllent handling be it a ZR1, CTSV or Trailblazer SS.

This car will prove to a respected pocket rocket and should not be a suprise to any one here. Let's just hope the regular model is as appealig

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Drew Dowdell    5,164

Amazingly I'm on the support list for this car if we get a production RS that looks just like or really close to this.

It's going to look very very similar to this.

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daves87rs    349

It's going to look very very similar to this.

+1

It has to get built like this in order to compete for young and young at heart buyers who are the target for this car.

+1

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PurdueGuy    72

A part of me is hoping the production version won't be a joke. A sweet small car slotted under the Cobalt/Cruze & made in the US would be a nice change of pace over the past foreign built dumpy Aveos.

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Drew Dowdell    5,164

There isn't much difference between the Aveo RS and what will be the production version. Wheels, doorhandles, headlamp clusters will be about all that change. Sheetmetal is almost spot on.

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ocnblu    776

Oh well. The headlights and wheels were the only cool parts about it.

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