2012 Chevrolet Sonic Preview + More news

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    I don't see where the not smooth comments come from, with my '01 70mph meant 2600 revs, which was stupid noisy and annoying, but the new one sits around 1900 revs, lower compression, more boost, blah blah blah, no "smoothness" issues whatsoever.
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    It was an older one yeah.
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    Fiesta please
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    This is the best car America has ever built.
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    you stopped trying
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    it probably is.
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    When are they going to release the "Tails"? or "Knuckles"?
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    No, it's not! Read the whole thread.
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    The dash looks a bit ridiclious, too much in my opinion. should of had a wider wheel base, bound to have a choppy ride.
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  11. #36 Baklava, Jun 5, 2011
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Preview

    youre welcome
  12. #37 V8stangman, Jun 5, 2011
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Preview

    Awful music in my threads are against SC.net guideline, I shall ban you!
  13. #38 V8stangman, Jun 10, 2011
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Preview

    On Sale Date: Fall 2011

    Price: $14,000–$21,000 (est.)

    Competitors: Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent

    Powertrains: 1.8-liter I4, 138 hp, 125 lb-ft; 1.4-liter turbo I4, 138 hp, 148 lb-ft; five- or six-speed manual, six-speed auto, FWD

    EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 28–30/37–40 (est.)

    What's New: The Sonic is an all-new car developed with input from GM's worldwide engineering operation. Replacing the Aveo in the slot beneath the Cruze in size, the Sonic will be available in both hatchback and sedan body styles. While a navigation system will not be initially available, owners can order most of what they'd want: heated seats, a sunroof, Bluetooth phone and streaming and satellite radio. Aluminum wheels are standard—a nice touch—as are height-adjustable front seats and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Best of all, the Sonic follows the Fiesta with a measure of style. Outside, the high-and low-beam headlights give the front brow a menacing, sporting character. Inside, the main dash features a large analog tachometer and digital speedo in a display that looks like it came off a sportbike. Plus there are plenty of handy storage cubbies.

    Tech Tidbit: Chassis stiffness was one of the GM engineers' main goals, and they met it. For such a small, inexpensive car, the Sonic feels substantial. Chevy believes it will achieve five-star crash ratings, and it comes standard with 10 airbags.

    Driving Character: It's no wonder Chevy decided to ditch the Aveo nameplate with this new car. The Sonic washed away the lingering bad taste we've had in our mouths since the last time we drove the Aveo. The Sonic is tight, refined and adept at soaking up road imperfections. Over a particularly pot-hole-filled road, the Sonic tracked perfectly around a bend and displayed impressive wheel control. And compared to other electrically assisted power steering systems, this one had good weighting and none of the rubbery feeling. It's sporty without being hard-edged, as the suspension takes the edge off the worst bumps without filtering too much information about the road surface. We drove only one version of the Sonic—the LTZ with the turbo engine and the six-speed manual gearbox. The engine provided decent low-end torque but ran out of steam around 5000 rpm. Flogged to its maximum potential, Chevy says, the powertrain should scoot the Sonic to 60 mph in around 8 seconds (though it didn't feel that quick). Also notable is the roominess of the rear seats; they're large enough to comfortably fit a pair of six-footers.

    Favorite Detail: The hatchback features a removable floor that can be positioned at two heights, segmenting the cargo area. Also, there's a nesting place on the rear seatbacks to hold the cargo cover when it's not needed.

    Driver's Grievance: As engaging as the LTZ is to drive, the turbo engine feels a bit too remote. It sounds fine and there's not a trace of vibration, but it's not as responsive to the prods of the throttle as we'd like, and it doesn't match the sportiness of the chassis.

    The Bottom Line: Quite simply, the Sonic is the best pint-size GM car we've ever driven, and it means that Chevy will finally have a credible entry in a segment once dominated by the Asian brands. Practical, stylish and surprisingly fun, the Sonic deserves to be on the list of anyone in the market for a fuel-efficient car.

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    Wasnt this car in Transformers 2? How long ago was this?
  15. #40 V8stangman, Jun 13, 2011
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    Sounds like an ok little car. Shame the engine can't match what the chassis delivers.
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  19. #44 nishav, Jun 14, 2011
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    Awww thx bb <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/wink.gif"></A>
  20. #45 V8stangman, Jun 18, 2011
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Preview + First Drive

    2012 Chevrolet Sonic U.S. Price and Specs

    Chevrolet Sonic, the car that replaced the dreadful Aveo, goes on sale this Fall in both sedan and hatchback form, starting at $14,495.

    That price includes destination but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. And if you thought Hyundais are well equipped, you have to take a look at the Sonic’s options list! In the safety front, the car comes packed with features including 10 air bags. Air conditioning, power door locks, remote keyless entry and 15 inches alloy wheels also are standard.

    As for the engines, it can be had with a 1.4L Turbo and six-speed manual transmission that delivers 40 mpg, and a 1.8 liter developing 140 hp.

    Pricing and options:

    Sonic LS starting at $14,495 sedan, $15,395 hatchback, including:

    -Standard 1.8L Ecotec engine and five-speed manual transmission
    -Class-exclusive standard 15-inch alloy wheels
    -The most standard safety features in the segment, with 10 air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control, anti-lock brakes, collapsible pedal system and power rear-door child safety locks
    -Standard OnStar, with a six-month subscription including Turn-by-Turn navigation
    -Standard convenience features, including air conditioning, power door locks with remote keyless entry and tilt/telescoping steering wheel

    Sonic LT starting at $15,695 sedan, $16,495 hatchback, including:

    -Six-speaker premium sound system with CD player, XM Radio with three-month trial subscription
    -Power windows with driver’s express up/down
    -Power, heated side mirrors

    Sonic LTZ starting at $17,295 sedan, $17,995 hatchback, including:

    -Connectivity package with a USB port, Bluetooth for select phones and music, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
    -Heated leatherette front seats
    -Cruise control
    -Fog lamps
    -Standard 17-inch alloy wheels

  21. #46 V8stangman, Aug 3, 2011
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    Hold That Hill: 2012 Chevy Sonic Lends 'Extra Foot'
    Hill-Hold technology frees drivers to let go of brake

    We've all needed an extra hand at one time or another – but what about an extra foot? The 2012 Chevy Sonic offers just that – an "extra foot" with standard hill-hold technology on all manual transmission models that can help novice and veteran stick drivers better manage hills.

    Typically, car manufacturers introduce cutting edge technology and new features in luxury models and gradually filter them down to mainstream vehicles. However, Chevy is introducing hill-hold technology in the all-new Sonic, a sub-compact car starting at $14,495 including a $760 destination charge.

    Hill-hold technology makes navigating hilly terrain with a manual as effortless as an automatic, allowing drivers to get started without rolling backward or forward.

    In a Sonic equipped with hill-hold, a pitch sensor detects the tilt of the body when the car is stopped on a slope and sends a signal to the stability control system. This triggers the electronically controlled brake hardware to keep the wheels clamped for up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.

    "It will retain the braking force that the driver applied with the chassis control system and hold the vehicle in place," said John Buttermore, lead development engineer for the Sonic. "That's long enough for the driver to safely apply the accelerator and let out the clutch for a smooth start, always heading in the right direction."

    Hill-hold is like giving Sonic drivers a third foot, enhancing both the safety and the convenience of driving in hilly terrain.

    Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/03/3813746/hold-that-hill-2012-chevy-sonic.html#ixzz1U0mdQtLF
  22. Saw a Sonic on the road yesterday. Looks like a mini Astra. Not entirely a bad thing.
  23. why does every new car need to have oversized headlights/grilles
  24. i am pretty sure this car will do pretty well in the market. a better looking car than the fiesta and from what i understand a fun car to drive.
  25. better looking than fiesta?


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