Chevrolet's hot hatch could come to the UK: 132bhp offered from turbocharged 1.4-litre engine
Darren Moss
27 September 2013

The Chevrolet Aveo RS could make its way to the UK next year, Autocar has learned.

The 132bhp hot hatch is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine, with transmission options including either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. 

Chevrolet has yet to confirm a definitive sale date and price for this country, however, though it is expected to command a significant premium over the £14,055 asked for the top-spec standard Aveo.

Chevrolet has previously said that 2013 would be a likely on-sale date for the model in the UK. 

First revealed at the Detroit Motor Show last year, the Aveo RS adds more muscular bodywork, including a unique grille wth new fog lights and extra air intakes, plus a new spoiler at the rear. 

The car has proved popular in the US, selling around 16,000 units in its first three months.

The Aveo RS would line up alongside the likes of the Renault Clio RS, Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTi in this country.

It is understood the model has appeared on draft price lists for Chevrolet next year, although the firm says no decision has been taken. 

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The Chevrolet Aveo is a well-executed, competitively priced supermini which majors on refinement rather than driver involvement

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27 September 2013

So it has the power of a Swift Sport and a price that puts it in Fiesta ST/Peugeot 208 GTi territory. I can't see how this can possibly fail.....

27 September 2013
Darren Moss wrote:

Chevrolet has yet to confirm a definitive sale date and price for this country, however, though it is expected to command a significant premium over the £14,055 asked for the top-spec standard Aveo.

I have no idea if it drives well, but with only 134 bhp it cant have a premium over a £14k car if they want to sell any other than to their own dealers.

Looks wise, its different and OK. Why not price it to sell and get a few onto the roads? This needs to be priced to sell against MG3s, so this warm version could be £12k maybe

27 September 2013

If Chevrolet decide to offer this car in the UK then it's likely to remain a rare sight, for the reasons already given. You could also add Chevrolet's lack of sporting pedigree in the UK to that list too. Sorry Chevy, save your cash and use it elsewhere instead.

27 September 2013

..will have nothing to do with the success that the Aveo may or may not have, it's the total brand image (as you rightly pointed out, from a UK perspective) that will prevent any significant sales.

I see Chevreolet as being at where Hyundai/Kia were about 5 - 7yrs ago, in respect of good solid cars that are still tainted by the inferior cars that have been brought to market (revamped Daewoo's didn't help the cause, but then what were Hyundai's of old, if they wan't made of recycled Mitsubishi's?), and even winning the WTCC with the Chevrolet Lacetti (again, a non-event in the grand scheme of things which could draw parrells to the MG6 in the BTCC - no image, no public perception so, No sales (to write home (to China) about).

Lastly, 140ps/138bhp hardly makes for a dynamic and exciting drive, and is the range topper that no-one wants or has asked for. 16,000 sales in the US isn't lot (tiny percentage overall, methinks!),and if that percentage was translated toUK sales, i'll be more likely to find 'Wally' at Maha Kumbh Mela - a mass Hindu pilgrimage - the biggest religious event in the world, than an Aveo RS in a carpark near me (or anyone for that matter!).

Hey ho, i suppose it's better than a Hot Vauxhall Adam.........

27 September 2013

"The Chevrolet Aveo is a well-executed, competitively priced supermini which majors on refinement rather than driver involvement" ... I rest my case on the success of the RS variant ...

27 September 2013

...when they put an RS badge on something like this.

I'm sure it's a commendable supermini, but it's lukewarm figures don't really give it the right to own those kind of letters.

More aRSe than RS.

27 September 2013

I've often wondered why Chevrolet hasn't attempted to get some kind of tie-in with its ultra-successful WTCC campaign.

It's a handsome car and has dominated a world championship event for the last 4 years... Even just a lightly-modified Cruze would suffice, but Chevrolet have almost just ignored it has even happened! Mind boggling...

27 September 2013
Darren Moss wrote:

The Aveo RS would line up alongside the likes of the Renault Clio RS, Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTi in this country.

I completely disagree. I think it would rival the likes of the Swift Sport, Twingo Renaultsport, Abarth 500, etc.

28 September 2013

I wish this car was called a Sonic, instead of Aveo, like in the States, thinks it sound much better, and might get noticed more.

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