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New Chevrolet Aveo Shows Improved Fuel Efficiency

To satisfy that demand, GM worked to improve the fuel economy of the redesigned Aveo. The manual transmission version gets up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway. That's competitive with other small cars, including Toyota Yaris, which gets 39 mpg on the highway, and Kia Rio and Honda Fit, which get 38 mpg.

Published: 21-Aug-2006

DETROIT — Weary of its image as an automaker that pushes only gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs, General Motors (GM) on Thursday launched a redesigned iteration of the gas-friendly Chevrolet Aveo sedan just 2½ years after the original one arrived.

In some ways, the timing of the new Aveo couldn't be better. Consumers, facing the reality that high gas prices may be here for the long run, are increasingly turning to more-fuel-efficient cars and eschewing pickups and SUVs. Car sales are up 2.2% this year through July, while truck sales are down 10.6%, according to Autodata.

"Certainly with the price of gas being what it is, people are looking for" better gas mileage in their cars, said Ed Peper, general manager of the Chevrolet brand.

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