New Aveo on sale now from 7,695, replacing Kalos Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced
Stylish looks and upmarket interior To be built in Europe from summer 2008
It may be small, but Chevrolet's new Aveo is big on value, big on style and big on quality.

The newcomer replaces the Kalos in the Chevrolet line-up and will initially be available as a five-door hatchback, with a three-door model joining the range later in the summer.

Styled to reflect the bold new face of Chevrolet, the new model features distinctive frontal styling and a cabin that exhibits levels of quality never before seen in a Chevrolet supermini.

The handsome looks are coupled to a new range of petrol engines that are both more powerful, more efficient and better for the environment that those of their predecessor. The two units are a 1.2-litre 84PS powerplant and a 1.4-litre 100PS engine, the latter of which is offered with an optional four-speed automatic gearbox.

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Both engines offer huge improvements in efficiency, with fuel consumption improved by up to 17 per cent compared to the Kalos, and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 15 per cent.

Models equipped with the 1.2-litre engine benefit from a combined fuel economy figure of 51.4mpg, better than many diesel units, and CO2 emissions of 132g/km. The 1.4-litre model has a combined fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg and a CO2 output of 140g/km.

As one of Chevrolet's most popular models globally, the Aveo will be sold in a total of over 130 countries, including Australia, New Zealand and the USA as well as various European markets. Its predecessor, the Kalos, sold over 440,000 units across Europe between 2002 and 2008.

As a result of the car's European popularity, Chevrolet has decided to manufacture the Kalos in a new production facility in Poland from summer 2008. The plant in Warsaw will cater for most of the European production of Aveo three and five-door models, including right-hand-drive markets such as the UK.

Three trim levels will be on offer, all of them offering impressive specification for the price. Badged S, LS and LT, all models will come with remote central locking, electric front windows, a CD player and a split-folding rear seat as standard, while all but the entry-level S come with air conditioning.

To mark the Aveo's dynamic new look, a range of vibrant new colours are also on offer, while the well-trimmed cabin will further broaden its appeal among younger buyers, or families who want a high value, dependable second car.

Prices start at 7,695 for the 1.2S three-door, rising to ?10,645 for the luxuriously-appointed five-door 1.4LT automatic.