Aveo No More: New Chevrolet small car to officially be called 'Sonic'

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General Motors has officially announced that its all-new B-segment car will be called Sonic, marking the end of the Aveo nameplate here in the United States. We first saw the 2012 Aveo at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year, and the vehicle will officially start production sometime in 2011 at GM's Orion Assembly Center in Michigan.

The Sonic nameplate will only be used in the United States, Canada and Mexico; the car destined for other markets will retain the Aveo name. Chris Perry, GM's vice president for Chevrolet U.S. marketing explains the reason for the name change here in North America:
"The Sonic represents a new beginning for Chevrolet in the small car segment and so we felt it was time to give it a new name. The new car is roomy, stylish and fun to drive, and Sonic is a youthful, energetic name that helps convey what this vehicle is about."
If GM really wants to capture some youth, we suggest offering the Sonic in "Hedgehog Blue." Follow the jump for the official press release.


Gallery: 2012 Chevrolet Sonic


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Wow this is an awesome car...it looks fantastic.....I hope to have a test ride soon. When is it coming in the market?
 
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landonbruno,

The only information I have is production of the Sonic begins later in 2011. I would encourage you to keep checking back with us for more information as to the start of production.

Sonic’s highlights include:

Available efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine rated at an estimated 138 horsepower (103 kW) – 18 horsepower (14 kW) more than Ford Fiesta – that delivers competitive fuel economy. It’s the same engine used in the Chevrolet Cruze in a smaller, lighter package for a greater feeling of performance
Standard Ecotec 1.8L engine paired with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions
Ecotec 1.4L turbo available with a six-speed manual transmission
Ride and handling tuned by Chevy Corvette engineers; standard electronic power steering and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing
Sedan model offers segment-best trunk capacity that is greater than most compact cars; hatchback and sedan offer better rear-seat roominess than Ford Fiesta. With a rear seat that folds nearly flat, the Sonic hatchback has greater cargo capacity than Fiesta
Connectivity 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
Remote start, heated front seats and sunroof, all rarities in the segment
Comprehensive safety features include 10 standard air bags, antilock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist and OnStar with Automatic Crash Response.

Hope this information helps.

Thank you,
Caron, GM Customer Service

Wow this is an awesome car...it looks fantastic.....I hope to have a test ride soon. When is it coming in the market?
 

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Stock turbo is always a great thing. Build that little engine, put a bigger turbo, exhaust manifold and piping on, and you get a pretty quick car.
Interesting that all the barbs are aimed at the Fiesta though, you'd think one of these days the American companies would team up against the foreign ones, at least in advertising like this, come on
 

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wow..love the color...it made me think of purchasing metallic orange color ride...
 
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