WTF Car? Awards: Chevrolet Aveo

Posted by The Insider at 11:41 am on Friday January 23, 2009

Winner of the Why Would You? Award…

The badge sums it up. Wedged helplessly between the two halves of the grille, looking like a hasty, apologetic afterthought (“What’s that, Dave? We forgot the badge? Just stick it, er, there…”).

It’s a nasty, tacky bit of design that neatly encapsulates everything that’s wrong with the Aveo, a car so tired and uninspiring that it can legally be prescribed to serial insomniacs to help them ‘get a decent bit of kip’.

If the new Ford Fiesta is the iPhone of superminis – sleek, gadgety, good-looking – the Aveo is a pair of stained polystyrene cups held together by a frayed shoelace.

Slow, lazy and boring to drive, it boasts all the originality of a Kerry Katona lookalike, and is about as likely to impress your mates. And, unlike said Kerry Katona lookalike, the Aveo isn’t even cheap. Avoid.

Agree with this? Wade in below. We’ll add up the total number of comments on each of the WTF Car? Award posts to work out the overall winner, so type carefully.

See the other contenders in our WTF Car? Awards gallery

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  1. Anonymous said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous indeed

  2. Fakuryu said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Congratulations! You just bought yourself a Daewoo!… oh… wait.

  3. O.C said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Were they just bored and decided to make a car to pass the time. It’s not going to last in a market which is dominated by well established names, and especially with the release of the new Fiesta.

  4. delC said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it’s an updated Geo Metro or something.

  5. Jimmyboy said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Yep, truly ugly

  6. philikon said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I really like the looks of this car. But the placement of the badge is like an accurate punch in the face: hit the wrong spot and you knock the other bloke unconscious.

  7. Svrallo Svrallone said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    There’s something good, but gets boring if you try to understand what. 500, fiesta, panda, i10, what you need more?

  8. flubbachany said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Three letters…WTF?!

  9. Frenchie said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    3 years of war to end at the very same spot where it began. Yes it’s the Korean war lauched by…The United States of America!And look at the result!A car which didn’t change since 2002 and was appalling when it was released. Now that the Americans had a look at it and gave their vision of Korean car, it has become ghastly.I wonder what would have been the result if the North Korean had won. Maybe it would have given the same.Have a look at the Fiat 124 and the “evolutions” made by the Soviets to have the Lada Riva… When a Very big country says:we’ll help your car industry,run away!Or buy a Daevroolet or a Lafiat.

  10. H said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Designers must have been drunk

  11. Dutch Steven said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Pahhhh… you could drive down the road in this and not make a single person puke. They really should try harder!

  12. Mikeado said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I actually saw a Chevvy Aveo once, at a Morrisons car park. I thought it was an all new (crap) car to fit the all new badge. But as I walked past it, from front to back, I slowly realised that it is actually a Daewoo Kalos with a mask strapped onto the front of it!!

    And, seeing an unmasked Daewoo Kalos the next day (there are lots of old people where I live, can you tell?), I realised the original design actually looks better. This newly designed, newly renamed (read newly as badly) version is blocky and even cheaper looking. And “Chevrolet” is using that ghastly & vulgar two-part grille on all its cars now, including the replacement to the Reasonably Priced Car, the Cruze. So, er, why was GM losing catastrophic amounts of money again?

  13. Murray Henson said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The Fiesta is the iPhone of cars? That is absolutely terrible libel. The Fiesta is analogous to a Blackberry (any). Perhaps good-looking, perhaps reliable …but ultimately the same boring thing your mates have.

    The iPhone of cars would be the Citroen C4 coupe: Bought more because it is beautiful and interesting than anything else. Some people loathe them, some absolutely love them. There is no middle ground.

  14. Murray Henson said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Oh and the Aveo is the drunken, 3am shouting of the phone world followed by a angrily-hurled, manky old boot.

  15. tejas said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm Link to comment Report comment

    looks like an badge or a sticker on an underwear.

  16. Kolombusz said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm Link to comment Report comment

    very-very ugly, and technically it’s still a daewoo kalos!

  17. Vie said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 11:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I really feel sorry for the poor Aussies, Holden is made to build this (presumably at gunpoint) instead of the Corsa.

    I’m no expert on, or fan of, the Corsa but given the choice of Corsa or Kalos: Hello Mr Vauxhall!

  18. pw4 said...
    Friday January 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    It was probably designed for other GM badges like Opel, Vauxhall and Holden, which are all round. And when they realized the Chev badge didn’t fit, it looks like they just screwed it into the number plate holes! (No, I can’t remember what shape the Daewoo badge is – and I don’t really care either.)

  19. James Parry said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 12:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    This is a complete and utter piece of garbage. I can’t understand why anyone would buy one. It’s cheap, old fashioned, ugly, it drives badly, has a poor range of engines, isn’t particularly economical, sounds ridiculous and has a poor dealer network.
    I have to say 2008 wasn’t all that bad though. We finally saw the end of the Peugeot 1007 and Chrysler PT Cruiser.

  20. RWF said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:15 am Link to comment Report comment

    Inny Minny Minee Moo, where should the Daewoo badge go!!

  21. x-bow said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:55 am Link to comment Report comment

    at the barreturning oon to the dance floor

  22. jaguar james said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:57 am Link to comment Report comment

    finished in here takin to the road got to gt to work client waiting .road clear pls now be therein 5

  23. Bailey said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:11 am Link to comment Report comment

    Has the designer just slipped and but the badge in the wrong place?

  24. Dan said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 11:15 am Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous car. Designed by uninspired apprentices…

  25. thies said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:25 pm Link to comment Report comment

    looks like the badge has a moustache and a beard…

  26. James Kamp said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Oh my god. Pathetic piece of crap. It looks like crap, gets horrible acceleration and speed, handles like a boat with tons of body roll, and isn’t really that roomy.
    The damn thing doesn’t even get more than 30mpg.
    A Miata could do that, and it would be more reliable and fun.
    And cheaper.

  27. sam said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I vote The Chevy. Although your picture almost makes it look pretty, when it has a number plate on, it looks a total dog.

  28. BMW said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous but out of the nominees, it isn’t that bad.

  29. Fabian said...
    Saturday January 24, 2009 at 9:38 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Indeed, a hideous car, but then in a slow relatively bad built expensive way…

  30. Grapefruit Brush said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 2:56 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s really bad… incredibly hideous…
    Anyone who gives money for this car must have serious mental problems…

  31. Hamzah said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 3:37 am Link to comment Report comment

    yuck. why the big ugly grille? they could have done a better job. this is so sad.

  32. Screen Name said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 6:40 am Link to comment Report comment

    It’s a Wal-Mart brand Golf.

  33. tom said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    that car is horrible and it looks boring a dull
    not a good car …

  34. [Y] said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This testament to why GM should just implode and Rick Wagoner be sent to Gitmo! I could respect that Daewoo, nearly a decade ago, tried making a car markedly improved from what they had. So they even got the Italians to design the body. Fine. Then GM came along, saw, conquered and has been playing the role of ‘fat man from Kentucky’ (to quote Clarkson) regurgitating, by now, a decade-old product. Attempts to ‘improve’ are limited to kids playing around with the ‘distort’ function on the front bumper CAD file. Alas, a WMD is found. Slack mentality killing off the whole industry…

  35. american idol said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    pure shit

  36. Lloydy said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 7:12 pm Link to comment Report comment

    LoL if you look at the colour scheme on the car, and swap around the colour of the badge with the general paint colour it looks like a sh*t version of an american ambulance truck in some states :P and you put the plate over the badge, that way noone can see what make of car you are driving ;)

  37. Kim said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:05 pm Link to comment Report comment

    This car looks like an angry fat bloke with a dodgy beard.

  38. Gilles said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:14 pm Link to comment Report comment

    They are almost giving them here in Quebec and still nobody wants one!

  39. Rayz said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I have just one very simple question:

    WHO???????????

    and HOW???????

    and WHY???????

    and WHERE?????

    oh ya and WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Tom Servo said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 8:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Screen Name sums it up so well I hate to repeat it: The Wal-Mart Golf.

    This is why my fellow Americans hate small cars. Because GM thinks this is what passes for ‘good’.

    I can count on one hand how many I’ve seen here, where GM still is a big seller. And I can guarantee the people who are driving them are unhappy and will badmouth any small car forever based on their botched pick.

    Probably not WTF Car of the Year, but definitely WTF Car of America.

  41. Bobby said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm Link to comment Report comment

    1. It’s the only car I’ve ever ridden in that has smelled strongly of dust. This was not remedied by rolling down the windows or yelling at it.

    2. The seats are made of cardboard, packing peanuts and broken dreams.

    3. The particular car I rode in is the only one I’ve ever seen outside of the internet. This is in a city where the primary job is (or was, actually) assembling the thing’s uglier siblings: the LaCrosse, Impala and Sierra/Silverado/Carcinom a line of pick-up trucks. Even GM’s employees can’t be convinced to purchase Aveos.

    4. It’s shaped like a guinea pig.

  42. Cropduster said...
    Sunday January 25, 2009 at 11:20 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Over here in Canada that’s actually considered a nice bit of kit!

  43. Thillio said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 8:38 am Link to comment Report comment

    Absolutely awful. The americans have a hard time making a decent car anyway but small is something they REALLY cannot do …

  44. Joe said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 9:05 am Link to comment Report comment

    I like Kalos , is a simple car , I have 18 and I have an old Kalos and it is working very fine

  45. mster said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    A neighbour has just bought one of these and I have to say they look even worse in the flesh than the pictures!!

  46. Nick said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    A pathetic little car. It’s just a another Daewoo with a Chevrolet badge on it.

  47. L.M.S.B said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i need a small cheap car is there nothing good about this car

  48. Kadette said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    What does WTF stand for I have an idea…

  49. N said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm Link to comment Report comment

    And… it’s made by the americans, right? the ones asking for another bailout?

    Oh dear….

  50. J said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Not sure it’s even worth expending the typing effort to criticise this car. A protracted sigh should be sufficient.

  51. The fat penguin said...
    Monday January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Why would anyone buy the Aveo? You can imagine the Chevrolet people sitting at a table with nothing to do. Then one of them would say,” I know, let’s have a competition to see who can design the most hideous and pointless car. The winner gets my packet of Haribos!” So they sit there, hard at work, and a really stupid one finishes, with the Aveo and sends it into production.”NOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO!” shouts the others. The stupid one sits there smiling and says,”Do I get the sweeties now?”

  52. dtg said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:35 am Link to comment Report comment

    definitely WTF!!! the original Daewoo Kalos was just at the borderline of the bearable scale, although much of the body is kept, the redesigning, especially of the front, launches it to the very top of the horrendous-ity scale…

  53. pkanneng said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 11:56 am Link to comment Report comment

    THAT’s a modified AUDI grille. A bad type of Copy and Paste design. What a ugly design…

  54. Borislav said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The first thing i said to myself when I saw this car was precisely ‘What the f***?’ that’s why I think it whould be the winner although the Rodius comes at a very close second..

  55. beachedblastit said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Why did they bother. American design clues look only hideous on big cars, on small cars what the $£%(^%&(!!!K. Only for sale to the blind, wait! no! we would still have to look at them. Can I have a set of those sun glasses from Hitchhikers Guide Pleeease.

  56. Anonymous said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Why isn’t the Peel P50 in this or the Messerschmitt KR200?

  57. Djdrift said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Hideous .but when i imagine it with some bigger wings and 17 inch wheels i think it’s gonna be breathtakig (prsonnally) .but in the curent wings and wheels it’s awefull .

  58. djdrift said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm Link to comment Report comment

    awefull but it could have been better if they changed the old gearbox (to get it fun to drive) and put some bigger wheels (16″ as standard) and bigger wings. but let’s admit it is cheap …

  59. HK said...
    Tuesday January 27, 2009 at 6:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    In the same way that the Rover name was destroyed by sticking it to the front of a Metro, the “Chevvy” heritage is being eroded by sticking it on a Daewoo. Sometimes a badge can give a car appeal (why else would you drive an early-90s BMW 3-series with rubber bumpers), but like the Rover it works the other way here.

  60. Mikeado said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    @ No.57: Because they are from the ’50s/’60s. We are deciding the worst car of the last 12 months.

  61. R8- Best Diesel Ever said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    ROFL, LOL, OMG and WTF! Why is it always the Americans!?

  62. R8- Best Diesel Ever said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Post 54. (THAT’s a modified AUDI grille. A bad type of Copy and Paste design. What a ugly design…) You are right! It is and Audi grill with a long strip through the middle cut out! So they didn’t even design it on their own, they tried to copy something else! Plus I have just spotted, does the front, apart from the grill look a bit like the new Ford Focus!?

  63. omegaman said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Americans? What Americans?? This is a Korean econobox with a bowtie badge. Just because some smart-a** thought that Daewoos sell better when Mr. and Mrs Smith think its an American car. They probably do. But no matter if GM calls them Daewoo or Chevy, they are all boring, some even more then this one. Hmm, actually pretty much all Korean cars are rather forgetable…

  64. California Stig said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Just plain atrocious. How can GM purposefully sell this sorry excuse for transportation on the same sales floor as the Corvette? A Corvette is not my favorite car, but why is GM trying to cover all ends of the spectrum, from cheap crap to expensive crap? No wonder we need a bailout.

  65. godsballs said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    im afraid to admit that they sell em here in india. the movie stars who endorsed it noticed a considerable dent via box office earning as a result… plus they offer a chrome package to make it look sporty

  66. anniemare said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I have had the extreme displeasure of having to be STUCK with one of these as a rental while my car was being repaired after being rear-ended. Worst.Driving.Week.Of.My. Life! Even worse than driving the Dodge Shadow I used to own that self-destructed on the interstate.

    I mean, seriously, if I WANTED to drive something that feels and looks like I got it out of a vending machine or a cereal box, I would go to a vending machine or a cereal box to get a car. I have driven a lot of cars in my 20 years on the road in a lot of price points, including the one the Aveo sits in. Some have been bad, some have been good. The Aveo is the worst car I have ever driven in terms of feel, looks and handling. Considering my first vehicle was a 1985 Chevy Pickup that was brown and beat to hell, that is saying something.

    At least it is good for one thing:

    Making my old self-destructing Dodge Shadow look GOOD!

  67. AML said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I was doing a full road test of this car the other day and now without a doubt I can say it’s total dog meat. The gearbox feels moss and awkward, the engine is slugish and the suspension should be a reason to execute the person who done it. Whats more it’s not cheap, boot spece’s miserible, and there’s no point of buying it instead of Japan and European rivals. I also drove the Rodius last year but that car had some weird charm, the Aveo doesn’t. It’s for cars what washing machine is for people.

  68. jayjay74 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    it has to be any of the Q’s by audi. far too big, only driven by moronic roadhogs, don’t seem to have working mirrors or indicators and bloody pig ugly to boot!!!

  69. darkshark0159 said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I saw one last night, and it’s another vote for WTF!?!?!?!

  70. AbCat said...
    Wednesday January 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The body of a Fiat Bravo crossed with the headlights of a 1990 Ford Fiesta, crossed with the grille of an Audi, crossed with the charisma of a Vauxhall Vectra, crossed with the depreciation of a Citroen.

    William Crapo Durant must be turning in his mausoleum.

  71. Amprak said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:45 am Link to comment Report comment

    Well the badge placement could have been better, thats for sure. Wierd, it does seem like an afterthougth.

  72. arnau said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:56 am Link to comment Report comment

    Absolutely disgraceful, the top of the mall. I’d rather buy a Hyundai instead.

  73. Mr Bean said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 12:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Horrible and nonsense…a kalos heavy restyling would be much better! My eyes hurt when I look at it

  74. NFF said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Here’s a thought – only car evolution could possibly go backwards. You do realise that this is possibly a 27 year old Vauxhall Nova??? Follow the trend, Daewoo (ran out of Halfords so that says a lot) bought up and sold a bucket load of re-badged MK II Astra’s and Cavaliers and the Chevvy picked up the batton. Ah well, things couldn’t get much worse

  75. wazup said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    this is the WORST car in the USA even a Smart fortwo is more appealing

  76. Ben said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    the new Mini

  77. Fordboy said...
    Thursday January 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The only good thing about it is, you are likely to be the only person on the road driving one!

    However, in this case being ‘individual’ is NOT a good thing….

    Get a bike instead.

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