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The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a
sporty five-door. Each delivers class-leading rear-seat roominess and cargo
space. A variety of connectivity features enhance the driving experience.
"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."
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."
Progressive Exterior Design
From every angle, Sonic sedan and five-door models convey strength,
stability and refinement. A wide, planted stance, with wheels-at-the-corners
proportions, conveys performance. Progressive, raked body lines suggest movement
even when the car is stationary.
Aggressive cues, including fender flares
and motorcycle-inspired round headlamps, are blended with global design cues - a
dual-element grille and round taillamps - for a design instantly recognizable as
Chevrolet. The leading edge of the hood forms a character line above the
headlamps, which flows in a sleek side profile characterized by uninterrupted
body side lines, a high beltline and low roofline. The side mirrors carry the
same shape as the car and seemingly disappear into the profile.
and five-door models are distinctively different. The five-door carries a tight,
two-box shape with aggressive, diving feature lines, while the sedan's
"notchback" profile has a more upscale and mature presence. At first glance, the
five-door model looks like a three-door hatch because the rear door handles are
discreetly located in the "C"-pillar area. The rear of the five-door continues
with unconventional details, including exposed, motorcycle-inspired rear
Details that reinforce Sonic's quality and attention to detail
include chrome grille surrounds and matte black honeycomb grille inserts on all
models, while a range of large wheel sizes, including 17-inch alloy wheels,
reinforces its sporty demeanor.
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