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2012 Chevy Sonic

The all-new 2012 Chevy Sonic is the first vehicle built on GM”s new global small-vehicle architecture. This four-door sedan and five-door hatch replaces the Daewoo built Aveo and Aveo5 as Chevy’s subcompact model when it debuts fall 2011. Chevy says the vehicle is designed to be the most fun to drive 40-mpg model sold in the U.S.

The Sonic is certainly a big step up from the Aveo and Aveo5. It has a vastly improved interior and all trims get standard allow wheels. Even rear seat passenger room is relatively spacious with room for six-foot tall adults. North American sold Sonics will be built in Michigan.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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The Sonic utilizes the engines found in Chevy’s compact model, the Cruze, which debuted in 2011. Buyers can choose from the base 1.8-liter, 138 horsepower engine or an optional turbocharged 1.4-liter 138 horsepower four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged engine produces 23 more pound feet of torque than the normally aspirated four (148 vs. 125).

40-mpg highway fuel economy is expected from both engines. The Sonic comes standard with a five or six-speed manual transmission depending on the trim line. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Sonic’s 0-60 time is expected to be between 8 and 9 seconds.

New models such as the 2012 Hyundai Accent and Sonic are really upping the power buyers can expect from the subcompact class. While most engines previously were in the 100-120 horsepower range, these two models both have more than 135 horsepower from fuel-efficient engines.

The Sonic made its debut in January at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It is an important model for Chevy as it attempts to take a bigger chunk out of the growing subcompact market. The 2011 Cruze compact has been a big hit for Chevy already and in recent months has been the top selling compact model in the U.S.

Chevy Sonic LTZ Rear View
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2012 Chevy Sonic
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One added selling point for the Sonic is that it is the only subcompact model assembled in the U.S. Its key competitors, the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit, are assembled in Mexico and Japan respectively.

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Originally posted 2011-07-03 11:37:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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