|The '04 Aveo is available in both four- and five-door configurations. It is being produced by GM Daewoo Auto & Technology.|
One of the interesting aspects of the Aveo is that while there is a common notion that a car at around that price point is nothing more than an “econobox,” it not only has some reasonable amenities, but it was actually designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign studio in Turn, Italy, so at least the “box” part isn’t relevant to the car, which is available as either a four-door sedan or as a five-door (i.e., a hatch). Both body styles will be priced the same; both have the same 97.6-in. wheelbase. Also, whereas “econobox” smacks of marginal workmanship, this is not the case with the Aveo. That is, about 46% of its structural components are produced with high-strength steel to help create a solid structure. (Tailor-welded blanks are used in the production of the vehicle to put strength where needed while saving weight.) The front suspension uses MacPherson struts with offset coil springs and a stabilizer bar; the rear features a semi-independent torsion beam axle. In terms of the body sheet metal, the panel gaps are kept to 3 mm, which is certainly the sort of thing that one wouldn’t expect of a car at this price point. Under the hood there’s a 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine with a cast iron block and aluminum head. The 16-valve engine provides 103 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 107 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,600 rpm. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual; the optional four-speed automatic has a “hold” feature that permits the transmission to be used as a three-speed manual. Inside, there are niche touches like faux carbon-fiber trim pieces and a variety of cup and miscellania holders.
The least expensive version of the Aveo is not designated the “base” model. Rather, it is the “Special Value” model. There are then the base (MSRP$11,690) and LS (MSRP $12,585) models, with the former adding air conditioning and floor mats; the LS goes to such things as AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio; power locks and windows; remote keyless entry; and heated sideview mirrors.