2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Detroit, Michigan – Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2012 Sonic at the North American International Auto Show today, a subcompact sedan and hatchback that will replace the Chevrolet Aveo.

“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.”

Chevrolet says the Sonic sedan model offers segment-best trunk capacity while both the hatchback and sedan offer a roomier rear-seat than the new Ford Fiesta.

The Sonic’s standard engine is a 1.8-litre four-cylinder with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and it is available with GM’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at an estimated 138 horsepower, 18 horsepower more than Ford Fiesta with competitive fuel economy. It’s the same engine used in the Chevrolet Cruze in a smaller, lighter package for a greater feeling of performance.  The Sonic’s ride and handling were tuned by Chevy Corvette engineers; and the Sonic offers standard electronic power steering and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing.

The Sonic includes OnStar with six months of Turn-by-Turn navigation. Available features include XM Satellite Radio, USB and Bluetooth functionality and MyChevrolet mobile application with OnStar MyLink vehicle connectivity.

Comprehensive safety features include 10 standard air bags, antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.

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.”

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