WROCLAW, Poland -- Chevrolet hopes that making its Aveo thriftier will help increase the small-segment cars appeal with car buyers.
Fuel economy is the name of the game, Steve Flamand, product marketing manager for Chevrolet, said.
Part of the Aveos mid-cycle update was the addition of more fuel-efficient engines for the model line. For example, the cars new 1.2-liter engine uses 5.5 liters of fuel per 100km compared with 6.4 liters for the current model, which is known as the Kalos in some markets. (The Kalos name is being phased out with the arrival of the updated Aveo.)
The improvements in these engines put this car in a great competitive position, Flamand told Automotive News Europe at the cars press launch here.
The General Motors subsidiarys expects to sell 150,000 Aveos in Europe, including Russia and Turkey, this year, up from 110,000 in 2007.