Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo, 2009 Pontiac G3

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 2,000 model-year 2009-10 Chevrolet Aveo subcompact sedans and model-year 2009 Pontiac G3 hatchbacks

The Problem: According to the Detroit News, brake fluids used in affected vehicles may not sufficiently inhibit corrosion in key components of the vehicle's braking system, reducing braking effectiveness and increasing the risk of a crash. The affected vehicles were imported to the U.S. from Korea and are connected to a recall of nearly 44,000 model-year 2009-12 Hyundai Genesis sedans, the newspaper reported. GM had previously notified owners of the issue and its potential consequences during a voluntary customer-service campaign in 2012, but has now upgraded the action to a recall after discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. GM said 66 percent of the affected vehicles were previously repaired under the customer-service action. No fatalities have been reported as a result of the issue, though Hyundai is aware of six collisions and two injuries involving the Genesis, the Detroit News reported.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, Pontiac at 800-762-2737 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By David Thomas | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 218,000 model-year 2004-08 Chevrolet Aveo cars equipped with daytime running lights.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, heat may be generated within the daytime running lights module, which could melt it and cause a fire.

What Owners Should Do: GM does not yet have a fix for this recall, and the automaker hasn’t provided a customer notification schedule, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more info, owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and reference recall number 14236. Owners also can call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | May 21, 2014 | Comments (5)

Does the Chevrolet Sonic Get Better Gas Mileage Than the Aveo?

"Does the Chevrolet Sonic get better gas mileage than the Aveo?"

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By Rick Popely | November 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

Incentives at Lowest Level in 5 Years

U.S. automakers spent less money on cash-back and financial incentives in April, according to Bloomberg. The average incentive on a new car was $2,320 in April, down about 14% from a year ago. It was the lowest level spent since October 2005.

For car shoppers, that’s not good news. The reduction in incentives was mostly the result of tight inventories, partly because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March. Honda and Toyota have warned their dealers that inventory for vehicles would be tight throughout most of 2011, and Nissan recently postponed its big annual spring sales event.

By Colin Bird | May 4, 2011 | Comments (0)

Few Big Incentives from Chevy in April

This month, Chevrolet continues to offer a few healthy cash-back offers, but some 0% financing on some of the brand’s large SUVs has been taken away.

Chevy’s slow sellers, such as the Avalanche and HHR, continue to offer 0% financing throughout April. The Tahoe and Suburban switch from 0% financing to a still-attractive 2.9% for 60 months, though both models maintain a $2,000 cash-back deal from last month. No Chevy models increase their cash-back offerings.

Chevy’s popular sellers, like the Cruze and Equinox, don’t offer much in terms of incentives, but both models have somewhat attractive lease deals.

Most incentives expire May 2. Continue reading below for more detailed offerings:

By Colin Bird | April 11, 2011 | Comments (1)

2012 Chevrolet Sonic at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris
  • Looks like: Chevy has built a subcompact car that's appealing for reasons other than price or gas mileage
  • Drivetrain: 135-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic or 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual; front-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: 2011

Following quickly on the heels of the all-new Chevrolet Cruze compact car, the Sonic is the brand's latest offering in the increasingly important small-car segment. The Sonic, which replaces the Aveo in Chevy's lineup, is smaller than the Cruze and will be offered in sedan and four-door hatchback form when it hits dealerships as a 2012 model.
 
The current-generation Aveo's styling has always been ho-hum, but the upcoming Sonic has an aggressive stance and chiseled features.

By Mike Hanley | January 9, 2011 | Comments (5)

Next-Gen Chevrolet Aveo Renamed Sonic

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When Chevrolet’s new subcompact hits the streets in 2011, it will also come with a new name. No longer will Chevrolet’s smallest vehicle be called the Aveo. Instead, it will be known as the Sonic. The name illustrates the vehicle’s fun-to-drive nature, said Chris Perry, Chevy’s vice president of U.S. marketing.

We guess that’s a good reason, but we can’t stop conjuring images of Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. In other parts of the world, outside the U.S. and Canada, the Sonic will still be called Aveo, which doesn’t jibe with GM’s stated intentions of using similar nameplates throughout the world. It will arrive at dealerships as a 2012 model year vehicle.

We saw the Aveo Sonic at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which was longer and wider than the current model and more stylish. Tell us what you think of this new nameplate in the comments below.

Is it a perfect fit for a youth-oriented product, or does the name sound just a little too childish?

By Colin Bird | December 10, 2010 | Comments (23)

Chevrolet Incentives Perk Up for December

2010 Chevrolet TraverseAs we get closer to the end of 2010, automakers are starting to pile on the cash on their remaining 2010 model year inventory and some of the 2011 models, too.

The same holds true at America’s second-largest automotive brand, Chevrolet. Vehicles such as the outgoing 2010 Aveo get $2,500 cash back, which, proportional to its $11,965 starting price, is a nice chunk of change. The more popular 2010 Malibu gets $3,500, and the 2011 Malibu gets $2,000. Chevrolet’s large SUVs, crossovers and trucks get between $2,000 and $5,000 cash back.

The new Cruze, Equinox and Camaro, which continue to sell like hotcakes, don’t have any cash-back deals. The Equinox and Cruze do have some attractive lease deals, though: You can take a Cruze home for as little as $159 a month for 39 months.

Almost all 2010 and 2011 models get attractive financing options between 0% and 3.9% for up to 72 months.

GM is no longer producing any 2010 model year vehicles, and overall, 2010 models make up only about 16% to 18% of GM’s current inventory; the rest are 2011 models. That means some of these great deals are probably hard to come by. All of the current incentives expire Jan. 3.

By Colin Bird | December 9, 2010 | Comments (1)

40 mpg Ford Fiesta, Other Small Cars Flounder

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Automakers quickly turned to small cars when gas hit $4 a gallon in 2008. Folks everywhere downsized, trading in giant SUVs for traditional compacts and the latest subcompacts, like the Toyota Yaris. The trend prompted Ford to bring its best global small car to the U.S., the Ford Fiesta, while it looked to beef up its compact, the Focus, to be a more premium offering. This trend of subcompact and larger compact is being seen across the industry.

The Fiesta has been on sale for a few months with a full inventory on most lots. (There are more than 9,000 in Cars.com’s national inventory.) However, the Fiesta isn’t setting the sales world on fire, and the rest of the segment isn’t, either.

By David Thomas | December 7, 2010 | Comments (35)

New Chevrolet Aveo Debuts at 2010 Paris Motor Show

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  • Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit 
  • Looks like: Pretty much a spitting image of the Aveo RS show car from Detroit 
  • Drivetrain: 100-115 horsepower four-cylinder with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions 
  • Hits dealerships: Sometime in 2011 

Chevrolet has released more information and two new production shots of the new Aveo, which will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada in 2011.

The two photos of the five-door hatchback show a car that resembles the Aveo RS show car we saw at the 2010 Detroit auto show.

By Colin Bird | September 8, 2010 | Comments (14)

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