2012 Chevrolet Sonic Z-Spec Accessories Package (Video)12
The 2012 Chevy Sonic is a monumentally monumental improvement over its predecessor — the Chevy (Daewoo) Aveo. Even better is the fact that the Bow Tie brand is trying some new things to capture the interest of the younger audience with special accessories packages for the car, such as the one you see here as well as another one we saw the day after recording this video in New York.
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Gets all the high school girls hot and bothered!
PS: this wasn’t in the video, but Manny told a guy to “go away, we’re doing a video shoot” during the recording. It was hilarious!
The graphics just may hit, seems like the last time we had an OIL CRISIS about 40 years ago Mylar stickers took off, we will see I guess. I am geeked about the Sonic because it is American made, and I hear so is the powerplant. It’s like the Chevette sweetness of the 70’s with all 3 shifts running at Willmington Del, Oh well maybee we will see a repeat of that too.
Has GM hinted what is the MPG target range for the sonic? Do you expect it be at or better than the Cruze Eco at 42MPG HWY?
Not that I know of. But we do know that the car will be significantly lighter (about 500 pounds) than the Cruze.
However, what makes the ECO so fuel efficiency is the transmissions/gearing — especially that manual tranny. If the same powerplant (and configuration) were carried over from the Cruze into the Sonic/Aveo, then I wouldn’t see why the Sonic couldn’t at least get 45mpg on the highway.
I know several people at the plant and they are building saleable vehicles right now this should be on limited sale though the summer take a ride to Lake Orion and you see them running around the plant now.
We’ve received a few tips about this as well. Maybe we’ll catch one running around one of these days!
Ok, here’s a loaded question for anybody that might have an answer…
ABC’s World News has had a series on “Made in America” (which I think they should have instead said, “USA” as technically America also consists of Canada, Mexico… but I digress).
Is the Sonic going to be “Made in America” at the Orion Assembly Plant or will it essentially be “Assembled in America” with all of its parts being shipped in from around the world?
I know most of the cars electronics come from overseas, but I’m focusing on body panels, the frame, chassis, etc. Will these also be made in the USA?
I don’t know for sure — but if it’s anything like the Cruze, it will be somewhere in-between the “Made in America” and “Assembled In America”. For example, the Cruze is built at Lordstown and has U.S./Canadian parts content of 45%.
The engine comes from Austria (19%), the transmission comes from the U.S. 15% of the parts also come from Mexico.
I assume the Sonic will be similar; but since it will sell for less, I can see more of its parts will coming from low-cost labor sources (Mexico). We’ll know for sure when it begins official production — can’t wait! 🙂
i have driven one and it is going to suprise a lot of people especially the non hatch unit. by the way the impala will be built in detroit off the xts platform and is being fasttracked to production. also the next gen start stop tech on the full size trucks every one will be impressed with.
This is just an observation, but I can’t help notice that with the exception of the front end, the Sonic Hatchback and the Spark seem to have very similar features.
The rear door handles, back hatch, and even the “motorcycle style” instruments (although the Sonic has the analog tach while the Spark has analog speedo).
While the Spark is considerably smaller than the Sonic, I would be interested in knowing why GM built these two cars so similar in design. Although it took me awhile to get use to the front end design of the Spark, I now like both cars & hope they’ll do well.
Any thoughts on these similarities?
You know — those are very good observations. I also noticed last year — when I had the oh-so-mighty 2010 Aveo in the GM Authority Garage — the similarities between the Spark and the last-gen Aveo (check out the GMA Garage review here).
That said, I’m not sure why certain features are so similar… but having seen both in person, I can say that the two have a totally different “presence.” The Spark is more flowy and aerodynamic while the Sonic is more stout and aggressive — especially in the nose. If I were to guess, I think Chevy’s goal was to keep the family resemblance between the two but make them distinctive enough that there’s no confusion… I think they’ve succeeded — and just like you, I hope both do very well.