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Chevy Europe's releasing the successor to the Kalos sub-compact car at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show in September, and we've got an exclusive sneak peak of the all-new look. But it's not just new sheet metal, they've decided to import an American name to go along with the hot new looks. Something that evokes absolutely no thoughts of hot hatch sub-compact — Aveo. But this Aveo ain't your college freshman's B-segment. It's got a new look that seems to represent a melding of the 'merican strong centerline with a more Euro WTCC-like grille. The Euro Aveo will go on sale starting in March 2008 in both a 1.2-liter, 84 HP and 1.4-liter, 98 HP gas engine flavor — neither of which, thank goodness, is available in the states. Still, that front end looks to be significantly more hot than the current US Aveo — new re-styling and all. And ooh, look, more side vents. Press release below the jump.

August 13, 2007

Striking exterior and high-class interior

New Chevrolet Aveo celebrates its world premiere in Frankfurt

• Launch in Europe as of March 2008
• Two petrol engines with 84 or 98 hp; manual or automatic transmission

Zurich. Chevrolet Europe will present the Kalos' successor at the Frankfurt Motor Show (13 to 23 September 2007). The most significant features of this completely reworked model are its striking exterior, its high-class interior and a new, even more efficient petrol engine. Like its notchback stable mate, the new hatchback model will now bear the Aveo name throughout Europe. Sales will start in March 2008.

The Aveo hatchback sports Chevrolet's new design features, as characterised by the big horizontally split radiator grille with a body-coloured crossbeam and the brand logo sitting prominently in the center. The dynamic detailing includes large, curved, clear-glass headlamps and fog lamps that project like spotlights from the lower part of the bumper. In profile, the body's prominent shoulder lines catch the eye, while the back of the car is dominated by the solid bumper and the round tail lamps in a clear-glass housing.

There is a choice of two petrol engines: a new 1.2-litre unit with an output of 84 hp, and the existing 1.4-litre engine, which now develops 98 hp and is available with automatic transmission.