Chevrolet Sonic News

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016

    General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. That's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the all-electric Bolt EV and the gasoline-powered Chevrolet Sonic on the same assembly line, interspersing them as needed. DON'T MISS: Why I canceled my Chevy Bolt EV electric-car order: a reader explains There is no deviation or halting to switch from one to the...

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    Buick Verano to die as yet another small sedan gives way to SUVs

    The Buick Verano compact sedan will end production in October.

  • 2017 Chevrolet Sonic
    2017 Chevrolet Sonic updated with CarPlay, new styling

    The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013
    2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV: More Electric-Car Details Trickle Out

    A few more details on the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV electric car are starting to come into focus, including its production date and a second version to be sold in Europe. Based on information from two separate sources in the auto industry, here's what we now know about Chevy's next...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013
    GM's 200-Mile Electric Sonic EV For 2017: What We Know So Far: UPDATED

    The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in vehicles. When that will happen, and from which maker, remains open--though the likely suspects are Nissan, Tesla, and General Motors, with BMW as a long-shot outsider...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2013
    2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS: How Hot Is Chevy's Sporty Hatch?

    The Chevrolet Sonic subcompact was an impressive offering when we tested both a 1.8-liter LT hatchback and a 1.4-liter LTZ sedan almost two years ago. Now, with the advent of the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS sports model, we had a chance to revisit the car--and we remain impressed. The RS version uses the...

  • Chevrolet Sonic Dusk concept

    Luxury subcompacts are nothing new in Europe, where customers appreciate luxurious features but often need smaller, easier-to-park, cheaper-to-run cars. The idea is less familiar in the U.S, where subcompacts are generally associated with basic, frills-free transportation--but Chevrolet wants to change that perception. The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Dusk concept is set to be unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and takes the Sonic to as-yet unseen levels of luxury. Based on the Sonic sedan, the Dusk is endowed with 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels, a subtle body kit and a Pearl Nickel...

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    2013 Chevrolet Sonic Recalled For Faulty Turn Signals

    At the end of last week, Chevrolet posted an official recall notice for all 2013 Sonic cars after it discovered a fault in the system responsible for detecting a blown turn signal bulb. Under normal operation, the unit, called the Body Control Module (BCM) should detect when a turn signal lamp has...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
    Chevy's Gone Green: Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Volt Get Highest Sales Yet

    Chevrolet is definitely going green--or at least, its customers are, as GM announces best-ever monthly sales of its four most gas-sipping models. Helping to reach sales 10 percent greater than those in August last year, the Spark, Sonic, Cruze and Volt all set their highest monthly sales figures...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011
    GM Recalls 2012 Chevrolet Sonic For Faulty Windshield Washer System

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, General Motors’ popular subcompact car, is being recalled to fix a potential fault with the windshield wiper hose. According to the official recall posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SaferCar website, the recall affects 44,668 cars...

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    2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS Priced At $20,995: No Gas Mileage Yet

    It’s been a long time since it was unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, but Chevrolet has finally detailed pricing on its 2013 Sonic RS. At $20,995, the sports-styled, hatchback-only version of the popular Sonic subcompact is Chevrolet’s attempt to make the car more appealing to...

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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic: Orange Paint Almost As Popular As Black

    Last year, worldwide car buyers were pretty refrained in the color choices they made for their cars, with white accounting for 23 percent of global car sales. But when it comes to cars like the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic five-door hatchback, vibrant colors like orange are becoming almost as popular as...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, New York City launch event, October 2011

    It's summer, the kid wants a car, what are ya gonna do? Chances are you want your kid driving around in something safe. Almost certainly something not too fun or stylish, unless you want them showing off with a car full of friends. And you probably want something with good gas mileage too--it ain't gonna get any cheaper. Naturally, used cars are a good place to start as far as cost goes, but we've assembled five brand-new, warrantied and safe vehicles that you'd be happy for your kid to drive. If you were wondering where the Fiesta has gone, we actually covered it last week, so why not check...

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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Turbo Finally Gets Automatic Option

    Chevy's Sonic marked a huge step up in quality and performance from its Aveo predecessor, but until now customers wanting the automatic transmission have been denied the turbocharged engine, and turbo fans have only had a manual option. That's set to change, as Chevrolet is now offering its...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic EcoLogic Label
    2012 Chevy Sonic Will Debut GM’s EcoLabel, But What Is It?

    If you’ve purchased a new car in the U.S. over the past few years, the chances are you’ll be familiar with the gas mileage stickers that automakers are required by law to display in the window of each new car. But visit a Chevrolet dealer this year, and you’ll see 2012 Chevrolet...

  • Chevy's "Ecologic" environmental sticker
    GM To Add 'EcoLogic' Tag To New Cars, Shows Green Lifecycle

    It's all very well selling a car on the back of low emissions or great fuel economy, but how do you know if its been environmentally unfriendly to make? Or whether it'll all go to landfill when it dies? That's what Chevrolet aims to address with its new "Ecologic" sticker system, debuting on the 40...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Tru 140S Concept
    Chevrolet Code 130R & Tru 140S Concept Small Cars: Detroit Auto Show

    Chevrolet has continued its trend towards fuel-efficient small cars today with the unveiling of two new concept cars at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The two cars -- a four-seat, rear-wheel drive coupe called the Code 130R, and a four-seat, three-door, four-seat coupe hatchback called the Tru 140S --...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS
    2013 Chevy Sonic RS: Detroit Auto Show Debut For Sporty Trim Package

    The 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact launched this year to largely favorable reviews, including our own (here and here). For next year, Chevy is upping the ante, with a turbocharged 2013 Sonic RS model that's meant to take the littlest U.S.-built Chevrolet into hot-hatch territory. The Sonic RS will be...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011

    Normally, when an automaker brings a new car to the market, it invites automotive journalists to get behind the wheel to put the car through its paces and render their professional opinion on how the car drives, feels and performs. But as part of the launch of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet is choosing to supplement the opinions of professional journalists with an entire new breed of test-drivers. It's looking to influential bloggers, Twitterati and other online socialites. Using Klout, an online service that examines and rates how influential a person is amongst virtual friends and...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback, road test, Catskill Mountains, Oct 2011
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT 1.8-Liter Hatchback: Drive Report

    It's autumn, so what better way to highlight the changing leaves than a tomato-soup red Chevy Sonic subcompact? Three weeks ago, we drove our first new Sonic: a high-end 2012 Sonic LTZ sedan with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. We liked the little turbo, and found the sedan roomy and comfortable...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, road test, Catskills Mountains, October 2011
    2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Sedan: Weekend Test Drive

    "Bracket creep" is the phenomenon where each successive generation of a car gets slightly bigger. It's what allowed the Honda Civic to evolve from the 1973 model, which today we'd call a minicar, to the compact it is today. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, deemed a subcompact by GM, is a prime example of...

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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic: What Do You Want To Know About New Subcompact?

    The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is the first subcompact car built in the U.S. in a very long time, and one of several new Chevy models that aim to lift the carmaker's overall fuel efficiency. We'll be driving at least three separate 2012 Sonics within four weeks, so we're seeking your input. What do you...

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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Goes Extreme To Attract New Customers

    When automakers start designing a new car, it’s customary to have a specific demographic of customer in mind. This not only helps to design a car which best suits the needs of a particular subset of buyers, but it also gives the advertising teams something to aim for when coming up with crazy...

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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic Subcompact Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

    The influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has designated the subcompact 2012 Chevy Sonic one of its Top Safety Picks.

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