World car is probably the most overused term in the automotive industry. And now there is another world car: the Chevrolet Aveo/Kalos, which General Motors unveiled at the Shanghai auto show last month.
GM will build the next Aveo in Korea. It will be exported to the US and Europe and locally sourced in China.
All in all, the Aveo will go to 120 different markets. But is that enough to call it a world car?
We don't think so.
Ford once dubbed the Escort a world car, but the US and the European versions didn't share a single part.
Ford's second attempt was the first-generation Mondeo. But what was a good package for Europe turned out to be too small for the US.
More recently, Fiat claimed its Palio was a world car, even though it was never sold in North America or Japan and had only marginal sales in parts of western Europe.
In production terms, the best world cars were never billed as such. Honda's Civic and Accord models and the Toyota Corolla all have been built in large numbers in the world's three largest markets.
In terms of sales, the best world cars are the premium sedans from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. They too have never been called world cars.
There is nothing wrong with having slightly modified versions of the same car everywhere.
But does it have to be known as a world car?
Fiat showed its Palio world car in Shanghai.