The Chevrolet Aveo is a subcompact sedan and hatchback manufactured by General Motors Company of South Korea. The Aveo was later marketed worldwide under GM’s other subsidiaries, including Daewoo, Suzuki and Pontiac. The Aveo’s original design was made by Italdesign Giugiario S.p.A. Subsequent changes to the Aveo in 2000-2001 were derived from 3 other concept designs.
The first generation Aveo, also known as the Daewoo Kalos or T200, succeeded the Daewoo Lanos T100. During this time Daewoo was experiencing financial problems which threatened the company’s existence. The takeover by GM placed development back on track, and production of the Kalos resumed by 2002.
GM released T250 or the Daewoo Gentra at the 2005 Auto Shanghai. The car featured exterior modifications as well as upgrades to the instrument panel. The second generation T300 followed suit by 2011, and was launched at the 2010 Paris Motor Show using GM’s Gamma platform. It was marketed as the Chevrolet Sonic in some countries.
In 2011, the SEMA concepts were introduced, which included 6 models featuring various accessories, features and other packages. Out of all the concepts, the Sonic Dusk was built and marketed by 2012. Local editions were also introduced to ASEAN markets in 2012, which included variants to the engine and transmission.