The Paris Motor Show will host the sporty three-door hatchback model of Chevrolet Kalos. This model will appear in European showrooms starting with February 2005 and in LAM markets in the second quarter of 2005. The Kalos was first introduced in Europe 2 years ago and has become the most important model for GM Daewoo (in Western Europe) and Chevrolet (in Central and Eastern Europe). Currently, the model represents 42 % of the company's sales. But for the sporty three-doors model, this will be available in Europe with a choice of three economical four-cylinder engines, ranging from the 1.2-litre gasoline unit with 53 kW/72 hp and the 1.4-litre 61 kW/83hp unit, to the even livelier 1.4-liter 16-valve version with 69 kW/94 hp. With its engine transmission combination, the three-door Chevrolet Kalos performs as well as it looks.
The new Chevrolet Kalos (length/width/height: 3,880/1,670/1,495 mm) is designed on the dynamic tradition of its four- and five-door siblings. The sporty appearance is enriched by various special features such as aerodynamically optimised add-on parts at the front and rear, modified bumpers and striking side sills. The interior also has a fresh and modern appearance. Additional storage spaces and the two-color look of the dashboard are among the other new features.
It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.1 sec and has a top speed of 176 km/h. But this does not mean a high consumption degree. With the car's average consumption of 7.0 litres per 100 km (14.2 km/l), the 45-litre tank will take them 642 km without a stop.
In the first six months of this year some 40,000 compact five-door cars have been ordered in Europe. . In the United States, the model (which came onto the market there last year as the Chevrolet Aveo) has made its mark as well. In August more than 6,500 Aveos were sold, making it by far the best seller in its segment with a market share of 46.6 percent. Total sales in the first eight months of this year surpassed 32,000 vehicles.
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