Orion-built Chevy Sonic to get 40 mpg on highway
"Sonic changes the sub-compact stereotype and puts an end to the term 'econobox,'" said Nuno-Whelan, "The 1.4L turbo saves money at the gas pump and is a ridiculously fun car to drive. So, our buyers are getting a safe, exciting and fuel efficient car at a great price with the 1.4L turbo." The Sonic is the only sub-compact car currently built in America.
The 2012 Sonic, which has two more air bags than its subcompact competitors, also was named a "Top Safety Pick" by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Sonic achieved “good” scores in all four types of tests performed, including frontal offset and side impact. It also has standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, which the institute requires of all vehicles receiving a Top Safety Pick designation.The IIHS tests vehicles to determine how well they protect occupants in front and side crash tests, in rollovers via a roof strength test, and in simulated rear impacts to evaluate seat and head restraints for protection against neck injuries.
"Only vehicles that perform with the highest level of safety in their class earn the Institute's top accolade," said IIHS President Adrian Lund. In addition, the Orion Plant also was recently featured on the CBS News as a place where jobs were being created in the United States. UAW/GM ORION ASSEMBLY
By Joseph Szczesny