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Monday, 22 June 2009

OFFICIAL! - New Chevrolet Viva Project will be called Agile

The new small world car from Chevrolet will not be called Viva, as we expected. It is a pity, since this name was already cherished by many. In place of it, GM has chosen the name Agile, what can cause some confusion with Opel Agila, but why make it simple and original if you can complicate things, right?

The real name first came up with Chevrolet Blog at the beginning of this month and was confirmed in the weekend by a huge Brazilian magazine, Veja (over 1 million copies sold every week). With that, GM decided to make it official today at the website of the new car, which is There there is a movie that quotes most of the websites that have already published something about the car, including Argentina Auto Blog, one of the most important car blogs in South America and always a step ahead in information about Project Viva. Today, for example, it has brought the official name and pictures of the future car, made by its readers Adrián Mitteroder and Santiago Fassio. Have a look.

For the ones willing to have an idea on how the final car would look like, Jorge Luis Fernández has provided us with good renderings of the new car.

The name has also been confirmed by many other means, such as the official website of the car (, which is now exactly like, but wasn't until this morning, as the images below can confirm.

Agile must also be produced in the USA, where it is supposed to replace Aveo, something the magazine Motor Trend has already confirmed. The plants of Lake Orion, Michigan, Wilmington, Delaware and Shreveport, Louisiana are among the strongest candidates.

The platform of the car is said to be Gamma II, the same one used by the so called Corsa D, the fourth generation of the car. The new Agile will bear a wheelbase of 2.51 m, what will make it be able to face newer small cars, such as Ford Fiesta and the upcoming VW Polo V. Engines are expected to be the same ones already in use in South America, or else, two petrol options, a 105 bhp 1.4-litre and a 129 bhp 1.8-litre. No word, so far, on a diesel option.

Besides the hatchback, in three and five doors, we can expect for a sedan, a pick-up truck and a SUV inspired on the GPix concept.

Sources: Chevrolet Blog, Argentina Auto Blog and General Motors

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