Chevrolet unveiled today at the 2011 SEMA Show the Sonic All Activity Vehicle Concept, a vehicle equipped for adventures, with storage capacity for biking and wakeboard equipment. According to the manufacturer, the vehicle as designed with Ricky Carmichael – the 15-time American Motorcycle Association (AMA) champion, three-time X-Games gold medalist and NASCAR racer.
As a result, the Sonic received storage capacity for his biking and wakeboard equipment. Regarding its design, the All Activity Sonic comes with a matte black finish, satin chrome pieces and a new Z-Spec 2-high-wing spoiler. The interior of the car was designed by Fox Racing, one of Ricky Carmichael’s sponsors, and features a material intended to replicate board shorts.
Although it is just a concept, the American manufacturer is planning to offer the Z-Spec package for all customers in 2013, and this will include upgrades to the car’s grille, paneling, ground effects, spoiler and wheels.
The new generation Chevrolet Sonic 2012 featuring a fresher and more assertive look was first shown at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. This small car features turbocharged capabilities to provide a dynamic and enjoyable driving experience, while also ensuring great efficiency.
2012 Sonic comes in two body designs: a classy four-door sedan and a jazzier five-door hatchback. Both offer more rear-seat space and cargo capacity than most rivals. Drivability is also supplemented by a range of systems for connectivity.
Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing said that the 2012 Sonic offers all the useful advantages provided by small cars while also fulfilling the passion for driving Chevrolet vehicles are known to deliver, just like with the Corvette. He adds that the car’s style, enjoyable drivability and innovative connectivity systems make it a strong and exciting contender.
The new Chevrolet Sonic will be manufactured at the General Motors Orion Assembly Centre in Detroit, Michigan, starting later in 2011. $545 million was invested to refurbish and reequip the facility, and bring back roughly 1,000 jobs to the area.
According to Perry, as the only company to locally manufacture a small car, Chevrolet is betting that the Sonic’s design, capabilities and affordability will give new meaning to small car ownership in America, thus elevating the status of the segment.
Wherever the 2012 Sonic is viewed from, both its sedan and hatchback versions project a solidly stable yet cultured image. The wheel placement at the corners creates a broad stance, expressing its capabilities. The sleekly modern lines and silhouette give an impression of motion even when parked.
A combination of bold details, such as the flared fenders and circular motorcycle-like headlights, with its classic cues, like the two-deck front grille and round rear lights, has resulted in a distinctly fresh look that retains the Chevrolet identity. The hood’s front end forms a border above the headlights and connects to the sculpted sides that feature continuous lines to the rear, along with a high waistline and low roofline. The wing mirrors are shaped to blend consistently with the Sonic’s silhouette.