Daewoo Kalos
aka Chevrolet Aveo
Chevrolet Sonic (North America)
Chevrolet Kalos
Chevrolet Lova
Holden Barina
Pontiac G3 Wave
Production 2005 - present
Class Subcompact
Body Style 4-door, 5-seat hatchback
4-door, 5-seat sedan
Length 3.92 m
Width 1.68 m
Height 1.51 m
Wheelbase 2.48 m
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Engine S-TEC



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Similar Chevrolet Aveo
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro

The Daewoo Kalos is a subcompact automobile built by GM Daewoo, a South Korean subsidiary of General Motors. The above name is used for the original version of this car sold in its home market, but there are also many other names under which versions of this vehicle are sold, which are listed.

The Kalos is based on the "Kalso Dream" concept previewed at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2001, and was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Initial research and platform engineering work was carried out at Daewoo's (now disbanded) Worthing Technical Centre in the UK, with the bulk of the development programme being completed at Daewoo's main Technical Center at Bupyong in Korea.

See Autopedia's conprehensive Daewoo Kalos Review.

Recent Changes

  • On December 9th, 2010, General Motors announced that the Chevrolet Aveo nameplate in North America will be replaced by the new Chevrolet Sonic nameplate in 2012 which will end the Aveo nameplate. However though, the Aveo will still continue to be called "Aveo" in other parts of the world.[1][2][3][4][5]
  • On February 25, 2010, images of the next generation Aveo leaked on the internet after a private presentation by Bob Lutz.[6] In September 08, the 5-door Aveo followed suit, well ahead of its 2010 Paris Motor Show debut.[7]
  • For 2009, the Australian counterpart, the Holden Barina receives a major facelift following in the footsteps of the Aveo.

Model generations


The original Daewoo Kalos is based on a GM Daewoo platform called T200, which itself is a replacement for the T100 platform used in Daewoo Lanos. There are no other vehicles using that platform, so the vehicle itself is also referred to as T200. T200 models debuted during 2002 in South Korea, North America, Europe and most other markets, unless otherwise indicated.


At the 2005 Shanghai Auto Show, GM Daewoo presented an updated version of the Kalos in a sedan form, designed in cooperation with PATAC. This version of the vehicle bears the internal code T250 (referring both to the platform and the only vehicle using it).


In future it is expected that this model line will be integrated with the GM Gamma platform.

Body styles

  • 5-door hatchback - This body style debuted in 2002.
  • 4-door sedan - The sedan also debuted in 2002. It is also the only body style for the updated T250 as of June 2006.
  • 3-door hatchback - The 3-door hatchback was added in 2002.

Names in selected markets

South Korea

The T200 was sold as Daewoo Kalos. Daewoo started selling the T250 sedan in September 2005 as the Daewoo Gentra, replacing Kalos sedan. Kalos reportedly means "beautiful" in Greek, while "Gentra" was derived from the English word "gentleman" and "transport(ation)". The tagline in the advertising campaign introducing the Gentra in Korea was "Are you gentle?", and the campaign starred Daniel Henny.

USA & Canada

In USA and Canada, 5-door and 4-door models are sold as Chevrolet Aveo. The new 250 sedan debuted in January 2006 as the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales will commence in North America in the summer of 2006. Additionally, the T200 is sold as Pontiac Wave (5-door and 4-door) and Suzuki Swift+ (5-door) in Canada only.The present Aveo hatchback is called Aveo5.

Latin America

The T200 is sold as Chevrolet Aveo in Ecuador (3-door), Venezuela (5-door and 4-door), Colombia (3-door and 4-door) and Chile (all body styles). In Mexico, the T200 is not sold, but the T250 sedan will be sold as Pontiac G3.

Western Europe

Until the end of 2004, the T250 was sold as Daewoo Kalos. In the beginning of 2005, the Daewoo brand was dropped by GM in favor of Chevrolet in Western Europe, so the Kalos was rebadged Chevrolet Kalos accordingly (along with the introduction of the 3-door). The new T250 sedan is to be sold as Chevrolet Aveo and replace the Kalos sedan in 2006.

Central & Eastern Europe

The T200 was sold as Chevrolet Aveo from the very beginning. The T250 will replace the T200 sedan in 2006, retaining the same name.

Australia & New Zealand

The model was not present until December 2005, when it was introduced as the new TK Holden Barina (3-door and 5-door), replacing previous XC Barina, which was an imported and rebadged European Opel Corsa. The T250 sedan joined the Barina lineup in February 2006. The Barina starts off the feature list with air conditioning, dual airbags, CD player with an MP3 decoder, power steering and power windows. In 2009, the Barina gets front side airbags and alloy wheels with ABS brakes are an option.

Other markets

The T200 is sold as Chevrolet Aveo in Indonesia and Philippines (5-door only), as well as South Africa and China (5-door and 4-door). The T250 sedan is sold as Chevrolet Lova in China. The T200 was absent from the Indian market, but the T250 was launched in 2006 as along with the slogan "The Indian Revolution", clearly referencing American Chevrolet's "The American Revolution".The 2008 had a facelift in which the front fascia and the rearlights are redesigned,making it look more dynamic and stylish.So far,the new design is criticized as good looking.



  • 1.2 L SOHC - South Korea, Europe


  • 1.4 L SOHC - Europe
  • 1.4 L DOHC - Europe, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, India
  • 1.5 L SOHC - South Korea, Europe, South Africa, Philippines
  • 1.6 L DOHC - North America, Venezuela, Australia, China, India

in India the brand ambassadors are Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji


Assembly plants

Most Kalos/Aveos are assembled in the Bupyong plant in South Korea. In Ukraine, Russia and Venezuela, local versions of the Aveo are assembled from CKD. For the Chinese market, Aveos and Lovas are manufactured by Shanghai GM Dongyue.


The T250 Kalos has stirred up controversy in safety as independant crash testing organisations proved. When the Chevrolet Aveo sedan was tested by EuroNCAP in 2006, the car only received 2 stars. The body cell wasn't strong enough to withstand the frontal offset crashtest meaning life threatening injuries to the driver's chest would be likely in any impact. That sent shockwaves through Holden (where it's sold there as a sedan version of the Barina) and customers have turned away after realising the car's poor crashtest result. [8][9]Holden made an attempt to disprove the poor result by having the Barina retested but it made no difference. As the result, sales of the TK Barina were lower than the XC Barina (based on the Opel Corsa) which scored 4 stars by ANCAP. The new updated Barina got 4 stars when tested in 2008 mainly because of the strengthened body cell which dramatically reduced chest and knee injuries.[10]

But then, the Chevrolet Aveo took another safety blow in the roof crush test by the IIHS. The Aveo was given a "poor" rating and it has withstood forces over 3 times its weight.


In Australia, the Holden Barina is the fuel thirstiest small car with the automatic sedan using 7.8 L/100 km.

Drive journalist Bruce Newton nominated the Holden Barina as the worst car of the decade stating that the car tarnished Holden.

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