The Australian-designed concept car took centre stage at the Detroit motor show
The Chevrolet Aveo RS was built at Holden's design centre in Melbourne, and the production version is likely to head to Australia as the new generation Holden Barina in 2011.
In recent years Holden has designed and/or built several concept cars for major motor shows on behalf of other GM divisions.
GM says the five-door Aveo concept is longer, wider and more spacious than the current Barina, and is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine.
The 103kW/200Nm four-cylinder engine is mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
Styling features of the Aveo concept include an aggressive face, 19-inch wheels, headlights and tail-lights inspired by motorcycle design, rear doorhandles that disappear into the rear pillar and 'Boracy Blue' paint finish for the body and brake callipers.