General Motors seems intent on banishing all memories of the unloved Aveo -- so much so that it's gone and renamed its entry-level fighter in the States. While we're still not 100-percent in love with the name (we can't get visions of spiky-haired hedgehogs out of our heads...), all three flavors of the Sonic do appear to be vastly improved over the machine they replace, though one of them, the Z Spec, is still in the concept stage.
More than anything else, they look vastly better both inside and out, but until we get a stint behind the wheel we'll hold off final judgment. According to Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, "The all-new Chevrolet Sonic blends the practicality of a small car with the passion for driving that Chevrolet vehicles like the Corvette are known for." That won't be the only time you'll ever hear someone mention the Sonic in the same sentence as the Corvette. In fact, Chevy tells us that Corvette engineers are responsible for the ride and handling of the sub-compact.
The Sonic will be available in both sedan and hatchback bodystyles and with either a 1.8-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic, or a 1.4-liter turbocharged mill with 138 horsepower that's hooked to either an automatic or manual with six forward ratios. For those keeping track, these are the same engines available in the slightly larger Cruze. You'll also get a gauge cluster inspired by motorcycles, OnStar connectivity, 10 airbags and plenty more
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic Z Spec Concept (2011 NAIAS)
Chevrolet Creates Waves With The All-New 2012 Sonic
* Small car with aggressive, youthful design in five-door and sedan models
* Available Ecotec 1.4L turbo with an
estimated 138 hp (103 kW)
* Engineered for agile, athletic ride and handling
* Smart connectivity features including MyChevrolet smart phone app
* Only small car built in America
DETROIT -- Chevrolet displayed the all-new 2012 Sonic at the North American
International Auto Show. Its youthful, aggressive design is backed by turbocharged performance and agile ride and
handling, combining to deliver an efficient, fun-to-drive small car.
The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a
sporty five-door. Each delivers class-leading rear-seat roominess and cargo
space. A variety of connectivity features enhance the driving experience.
"The all-new Chevrolet Sonic blends the practicality of a small car with
the passion for driving that Chevrolet vehicles like the Corvette are known
for," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "Its
combination of great design, fun driving experience and the latest
connectivity features create a serious competitor with a fun spirit."
Production of the Sonic begins later in 2011 at the General Motors Orion
Assembly Center in Michigan, which received a $545-million investment in
upgrades and retooling, and will help restore approximately 1,000 jobs in
the metropolitan Detroit area.
"Chevrolet is the only company building a small car in the United States,"
said Perry. "We believe the Sonic will bring substance to the segment, with
progressive styling, performance and value that will change perceptions of
what a small car can be in America."
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo
Generations have grown up trained to shop the import brands for a good
subcompact car. Sonic is out to make waves in the segment and change that
kind of thinking. Tom Voelk takes a look at a turbo LTZ model.
2012 Chevrolet SONIC
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Having already released full details and photos of the Sonic Hatchback and
Sedan earlier in the day, when it came time for the big reveal at the
Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet rolled out a third model as well -- the
Z-Spec. While only a concept, it does give a glimpse at a possible in-house
tuning arm for the bowtie brand's small car line.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo, On The Road
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http://www.buttinseat.com (For Auto Dealers) and
http://www.ANProximityMarketing.com (Mobile Advertising). On the road with
Roosevelt, Ron and Kathy in 2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ turbo 6 speed manual at media launch in San
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
A show car version of the new Cruze hatchback will be Chevrolet's star
attraction at this year's edition of the Paris motorshow, which kicks off
on September 30. Even though GM uses the term 'show car', the five-door
hatchback version of the Cruze is virtually production ready minus some
show-floor bling such as the blue hue on the headlamps, big wheels and the
LED daytime running lights.
While keeping the front end and taut body lines of the sedan model, the
refreshingly stylish hatch comes with a sweeping coupe-like roofline and a
unique rear end treatment. GM has not yet issued any photos of the cabin,
but don't expect any changes over the four-door saloon.
According to the automaker, cargo capacity for the Cruze hatchback is close
to 400 liters and will feature 60/40 split rear seating.
The available engine range will most likely be identical to the sedan that
is currently offered in Europe with two petrol engines, a 113HP 1.6-liter
and a 141HP 1.8-liter, plus a 123HP 2.0-liter turbo diesel.
The new Cruze 5-door hatchback will go on sale across Europe mid 2011 with
prices announced nearer the launch date. More markets will get the car
shortly after, though GM has not said if North America will be one of them.
Wayne Brannon, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe,
beleives the addition of a hatchback version to the range will further
bolster the car's sales.
"Hatchbacks play a critical role in many markets," said Brannon. "The total
compact segment in Europe represents around 4.8 million units which is over
a quarter of the total market, with hatchbacks representing around 65% of
that volume. We therefore expect to see increased business in a number of
regions, while sending out a signal that Chevrolet is now a serious
mainstream player in Europe."
The Cruze hatch is one of four world Chevrolet premieres at the Paris show
and will join the new Orlando MPV, Captiva SUV facelift and the new Aveo.
2012 Chevy Sonic Flying Promo Car
2012 Chevy Sonic Flying Promo Car at the atlanta international auto show
3-26-2011. I really thought this way a unique way to promote a new car.The
video shows the car landing but the car flew throughout the Chevy section
of the car show.
2012 SONIC TRANSMISSION CHOICES.wmv
You've seen the engines, now look at what puts the power to the road. The
ALL NEW 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has some great transmission choices to suit
Chevy Sonic | XRide | Episode 1
In May 2011, the Chevy engineers who designed the new 2012 Sonic took the
car out for an extreme real-world road test from Colorado to California.
See firsthand how it feels to see a car go from a blank piece of paper to
full production and then drive it from summit to sea.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic first look from Consumer Reports
General Motors makes up for lost ground with their pleasant and spunky new
subcompact. GM loaned Consumer Reports two versions of the Chevy Sonic so
our engineers could take a first look. Learn more about the Chevrolet Sonic
and other small cars on our website: http://bit.ly/kSwuc8
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Detroit Editor Todd Lassa takes a look at the Honda Fit's
soon-to-be-competition, the Chevy Aveo RS Concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto
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