Chevy Aveo Is Mexico’s Most Popular Car9
Fans of the first-generation Chevy Aveo (aka Daewoo Kalos) will be pleased to find out that the vehicle is the best-selling car in Mexico so far this year. Year to date, the old-school
Daewoo Chevy Daewoo with a Chevy badge sold 22,398 units, giving it a cumulative market share of 19.1 percent.
That’s a trend that will most likely continue given that the bow tie brand is making one important improvement to Aveo in offering an automatic transmission in the base LS trim level, making the vehicle the most affordable sedan with an automatic gearbox in the country. The Aveo is still sold with the ancient (but practical and proven) 1.6 liter E-Tec engine making a whopping 103 horsepower and the auto box will be a four-speed unit.
Aveo is available in the familiar LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels and is sold alongside its ultimate replacement — the Sonic. The former has a starting price of 129,900 pesos ($9,575 USD), but opt for the automatic Aveo LS and you’re looking at 164,900 pesos ($12,088). For that much, we’d rather get the new Spark (starting price of 118,700 pesos, $8,749) or Sonic (179,600 pesos, $13,238) — both of which are a lot more modern vehicles. Besides these models, Chevrolet offers the Matiz (yup, the Daewoo Matiz), Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, and Corvette as part of its car lineup in Mexico.
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Do Chevy also offer Cheyenne (Silverado), and Suburban? What about Chevy Montana or Colorado?
Yupp, all five pickups — Tornado (Montana), Colorado (last-gen currently), Silverado (work truck), Cheyenne (Silverado “personal”), and the Avalanche as well as four SUVs/CUVs — Captiva 5 (Captiva Sport/Vue), Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban.
“What’s good for GM is good for…Mexico?” General Santa Ana loses the battle of San Jacinto and cedes Texas. 180 years later, we give them the Aveo? Progress on this Continent really has been uneven over the last two centuries. Wait, now with an automatic transmission!!!
Talk about getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop.
Now I’m just acting like the typical “Ugly American”. To counterbalance my negatively-tinged comments above, I will say that Aveo must be filling a real need in Mexico, and that’s a good thing. It’s what being a global brand is all about – one size does not fit all.
Wow, maybe the dealer where I traded in my 2007 Aveo LT will unload that awful car to some poor schmo in Mexico. As for the 1.6 being reliable- mine lost the timing belt tensioner at around 20k miles, which buggered up a couple of valves and cylinders quite thoroughly!
Alex, are these made in Mexico or imported from Korea…
Where can I find out if the Chevrolet Chevy has a power steering pump?
Well, Mr. Luft, maybe you will the miracle man who can answer my question, or guide me to a place where i can get it answered, about a 2006 chevy aveo, or, actually, a chevy comfort??????? i purchased what i thought to be a used aveo. after owning it for 5 weeks it broke down. no big deal. needed a $30 tensioner arm. except it was a big deal. it is NOT a chevy aveo. it is some creature called a “comfort”, which apparently is manufactured by chevy in mexico but yet no one seems to have ever heard of it, and no one can get the parts for it. so for the want of a $30 tensioner arm, i have a $5,000 paperweight, according to my mechanic and three others. i have tried chevy dealerships. i have called gm. i have tried aamco per gm’s suggestion. i have tried auto zone which has stores in mexico. maybe you can help a fellow floridian out and let me know if you have ever heard of this car? or know where i can find some information out about it? i have been car-less since thanksgiving weekend of 2013 and am extremely frustrated, upset and at a total loss as to what to do. and, unfortunately, buying another car is not an option as i used the last of my savings to purchase this “little beauty.” thanking you in advance, jennie
My gf has a 2012 chevy aveo in Mexico, can I import it myself by driving it into US? Any help would be great
Unfortunately, what this means for those car buyers is Latin American markets is less safety.