Chevrolet did remarkably well at the recently released J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study with three of its models getting top ranks in their segment. This is the most of any brand in this survey ever. The three Chevys in Power's 21 categories: include the Sonic for subcompact cars, Volt for compact cars and Avalanche for a big pickup.
J.D. Power said Porsche continued to dominate in the overall study, achieving first in other brands for its straight 8th year. This report stated that Dodge, Jaguar and Ram recorded that it got the largest year-over-year gains, raising their scores by 21, 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Chevy may have gotten three vehicles in "best of segment" territory but as a brand, it still falls behind the overall industry average of 788 points. Chevy's score got added three points (compared to last year)’s 777. J.D. Power said that the annual APEAL study examines how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations of more than 80 vehicle attributes.
Seven other brands each got two awards. These are: Audi (A6 and A8), Dodge (Challenger and Charger), Ford (Expedition and Flex), Kia (Optima in a tie and Soul), Mini (Countryman and coupe/roadster), Nissan (Frontier and Quest) and Porsche (Cayenne and 911).
With regards to the brand level, luxury brands got 13 of the top 14 positions, with the help of Porsche, Jaguar and BMW. The four mass-market brands that finished much higher than average are Volkswagen, Ram, Ford and Chrysler. U.S. buyers chose smaller models but they would still prefer smaller vehicles.
No matter where and how you look at the new Chevrolet Sonic -- both the sedan and five-door versions – this vehicle always look refined, stable and solid. Its raked body lines make the Sonic seemingly moving even when at standstill while its wide and low stance as well as its wheels-at-the-corners layout exudes dynamic on-the-road performance.
Of course, the new Sonic comes featuring a number of design cues intended to make it easily identifiable as a Chevrolet, like its dual-element grille and round tail lamps. These cues are reinforced by the Sonic’s fender flares and motorbike-inspired round headlamps. Meanwhile, the bonnet of the Sonic features a leading edge that results to a character line located just above the headlamps.
The duel-element matte black honeycomb grille, meanwhile, features chrome surrounds. The profile of the Sonic is distinguished by side mirrors shaped like the car, as well as a low roofline, uninterrupted body lines and a high beltline. The new Chevrolet Sonic rides on any of the available wheels, which comes in different sizes including 17-inch alloy rims.
There are distinguishing elements between the Sonic sedan and the Sonic five-door. For instance, the sedan has a notchback profile that is more established and more premium, while its five-door counterpart is provided with two-box shape laden with assertive feature lines. Since the rear door handles of the Sonic five-door model are discreetly located in the "C"-pillar area, this version appears like a three-door hatch. In addition, the rear end of the five-door is marked by the exposed, motorbike-inspired rear tail lights.