One way you can tell that GM has never been serious about small cars is that they keep renaming them. While there are new Minis and Bugs and Fiat 500s, no one is talking about a new Vega or Corvair. There are no longstanding models like the Corolla.
So it is with the Aveo. The strange thing is that although it was panned in the US, it got good reviews in other countries. With immigration still running at high levels, this might have given GM pause and caused them not to revert to old habits. Even in the US, there are probably more satisfied customers than the one I met, who is the only Aveo owner I have talked to so far. The name remains the same internationally.