Thursday, September 15, 2011

Orion-built Chevy Sonic to get 40 mpg on highway

 General Motors is sayng the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic with the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, which is being built at the company's assembly plant in Orion Township,  delivers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual transmission. The Sonic's city fuel economy is 29 miles  per gallon. The Sonic's highway fuel economy makes it one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in the market, on par with the 2012 Ford Fiesta SFE and the 2012 Hyundai Accent. Along with getting 40 mpg, the 1.4L turbo Sonic can reach 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, according to Joaquin Nuno-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer.
"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


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