The current 2010 Chevrolet Aveo sedan and hatchback, the Korean-built subcompacts that are GM's contenders in that growing segment, are no longer competitive against upcoming entries like the 2011 Ford Fiesta, rated at 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway.
But that will change when a brand-new and entirely redesigned 2011 Chevrolet Aveo hits dealerships. It's previewed at this year's Detroit Auto Show by the Chevrolet Aveo RS concept car.
The Aveo RS concept is mostly a styling exercise; Chevrolet released relatively little information on the car's performance or fuel efficiency. But the 2011 Fiesta's 30/40 mpg rating is the one it has to meet or beat to stay competitive.