General Motors has issued a recall for 218,000 Chevreolet Aveo models from 2004 to 2008. Their daytime running lights could overheat and catch fire. If you own an Aveo… I’m sorry.
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How many people can you fit into a car? It’s a question that’s been asked about any number of small cars. They’re usually Volkswagen models, and those determined to find the answer are most likely to be a group of relatively small and flexible individuals. But Chevrolet has taken a different approach.
The American automaker’s British division wants to know how many rugby players can fit inside a new Aveo – one of its smallest vehicles, also known as the Sonic on this side of the Mayflower’s journey. But rather than answer the question itself, it has launched a competition across the UK. With the rugby season about to kick off, whichever team fits the most of its players into an Aveo by the end of the year will win a whole mess of new equipment.
Our money’s on the local grade school’s team. Check out the press release below for more.
We’ve got some sour news for you if you’ve got a Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Cobalt, Nissan 350Z or Nissan Titan in your driveway. According to a new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, owners of those particular vehicles are more likely to die in an auto accident than those who own other vehicles. That’s thanks in part to the fact that those models aren’t equipped with traction control. Automotive News reports that the IIHS study found that of the 26 lowest-rated vehicles in the study, none had the technology.
In the past, SUV drivers were the ones most likely to die due to the threat of rollovers, but new safety systems have changed that trend. The IIHS report now says that SUV drivers are among those who are most likely to survive an accident.
So, which vehicles came out on top? The Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Toyota Sienna, Ford Edge, Nissan Armada and Land Rover Range Rover Sport and LR3 were among the winners of the survey. That settles it, Aveo owners; time to trade it in for Range Rover.
We’re recording Episode #208 of the Autoblog Podcast is being recorded tonight, and we’ve put some topics below. Drop us your own feedback and questions or vote on your fellow readers’ submissions to help determine what we discuss this evening. You can subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven’t already to hear your question answered.
- 2011 Ford Explorer First Drive
- 2011 Jeep Compass
- BMW 1M
- Volkswagen Golf R
- Chevrolet Aveo replacement named Sonic
- Noisy hybrid bill
Despite the wave of all-new compact and subcompact fighters hitting the market right now, sales of small cars in the U.S. don’t appear to be budging much. According to Cars.com, models like the much-hyped Ford Fiesta are struggling to do much better than their older, stale counterparts at other automakers. So far, the Fiesta is number four in sales in the subcompact segment, falling well behind the Nissan Versa with 6,724 sales in November, the Honda Fit with 4,180 units and the Hyundai Accent at 4,052. In fact, Ford only managed to move 3,473 Fiesta units – just a hair above the 3,262 soon-to-be-replaced Chevrolet Aveo vehicles that rolled off of dealer lots last month.
Fortunately, the news is a little better for larger vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze. General Motors managed to sell 8,066 of its small sedans in the vehicle’s first full month on the market, and a total of 8,955 new-for-2011 Volkswagen Jetta models found homes during the second to last month of the year as well. Even the aged Ford Focus saw its sales jump by 27 percent to 13,030 in November thanks in no small part to an aggressive incentive program.
Head over to Cars.com for a full breakdown of America’s disappointing subcompact sales, then chime in with your thoughts on the matter in Comments.
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We guess the Aveo was such an awesome little shitbox, Chevrolet feels it, like a champion baseball player, deserves retirement of its name. In its place? The Chevrolet Sonic. When you buy one, do you get a cherry-limeaid slushie? [GMInsideNews] More »