The Chevrolet Aveo can trace its lineage back to the GM-based reskins Daewoo produced in the mid-1990s, including the Lanos with which it is most comparable to.

After Daewoo’s collapse and GM’s takeover, the line-up included the Kalos supermini, which was followed in 2007 by a facelifted variant with the historic Chevrolet moniker and the new Aveo name applied. The latest version, the second-generation Aveo, was first shown at the Paris motor show in 2010.

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The Aveo is a surprisingly competent B-segment challenger

We’re still trying to get accustomed to the idea that Chevrolet is making competitive cars for European consumption. Its UK line-up has grown substatially and although the Spark is quite forgettable, the promise of the Captiva and Cruze was followed very convincingly by the Orlando, which garnered itself three and a half road test stars and made some friends at this magazine.

So it’s with a high level of interest and not a little expectation that we welcome the Aveo – because it interests us as a Chevrolet, too, and not just because this Korean-built supermini will also form the basis for the next-generaton Vauxhall Corsa.

The Aveo, offered as a five-door hatch only in the UK (although a saloon can be had in some markets), is available with 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines and a 1.3 turbodiesel that, in Eco trim, promises great frugality.