GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

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    GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo
    After GMI broke the story first, Chevy finally shows us its Sonic Subcompact
    December 10th, 2010
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    by: Alexander Villani



    We first broke the news to everyone that the Aveo nameplate would be replaced with the Sonic name on Tuesday. Thursday, it was confirmed by Chevrolet that the Sonic was indeed the new name for Chevy's sub-compact car. Upon first glance, the Sonic looks very similar to the Aveo RS concept we saw in Detroit, a car that was welcomed with a great reaction here on GMI. When Aveo was then displayed as a production model, it lost some of the sharp lines and a lot of the bold look of the concept. The Sonic brings back all of the bold themes of the Aveo RS concept, ditching the boring lines of the production Aveo.

    Most of the revised body work seems to have been in the rear. Starting with a stronger line down the center of the car (1), that merges in with the heavy creases that act almost as a hood over the tail lights. The rear doors also seem to receive a tighter look, with the black trim coming to a sharp point over the smoother look from the Aveo (4). Gone is the lower chrome treatment highlighting the windows (5), that was shown in both the Aveo concept and Aveo production car. The brightwork is something that should have been kept from the Aveo concept. Bob Lutz liked it, and I think it is a good idea to stick with it.

    The tail lights also receive a redesign for production (3), with the top light being a solid tail lamp, while the reverse light looks to be moved down to the rear barrel, and the turn signals are moved to its own pod on the outside of the tail light assembly. The biggest change is the wrap around rear glass (2), giving the C pillar a swept back look, adding more visual speed to the car. The biggest and boldest change to the car is bringing back the C pillar of the Aveo RS concept. The Aveo production car had a very upright C pillar, and visually destroys the look of that car. One thing that I am very happy to see, is that the hidden rear door handles are still there! This look gives the illusion of a three door hatchback.

    Overall, the Sonic looks sharper, bolder, and much more aggressive than the Aveo production car, giving the Aveo RS concept car a chance to hit the showrooms as it should have been. This car will give Chevy a car to do battle with the likes of the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, and the new Ford Fiesta. The Chevrolet Sonic will most likely debut at Detroit to show off more of its new bold lines. So with a quick revision for production, Chevrolet relaunches a new hot hatch (and sedan) into what is turning out to be a very hotly contested segment in a growing market. Sonic also shares a lot of its body lines with its even smaller sibling, the Spark. The two of these cars, combined with the Cruze, make up a strong list of compact cars that are not willing to give up style and features because of their size or segment. When, not if, gas prices start to go up, Chevrolet will be there to offer a large spread of fuel efficient vehicles Only this time around they will not look like afterthoughts or cause you to hide your face when driving them.

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    I'm skeptical this is the final look of the Sonic. First, we get the RS concept...then, we get the production model in Paris...now this? I guess we'll find out soon enough. When is the Sonic supposed to premier?

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    GM needed to make these visual changes to keep up with Ford and Mazda. The Aveo premiere car lacked the visual omph of the RS and immediately put it behind the Fiesta, a car released over a year ago, in the looks department.

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Quote Originally Posted by CheetahDC View Post
    I'm skeptical this is the final look of the Sonic. First, we get the RS concept...then, we get the production model in Paris...now this? I guess we'll find out soon enough. When is the Sonic supposed to premier?
    Do you seriously think they would fabricate a 3 dimensional deception made of steel? Its the real deal whether you like it or not. whether i like it or not..its reality...

    if it were a fake...do you realize it would cost atleast a hundred million dollars to execute?

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Quote Originally Posted by CheetahDC View Post
    I'm skeptical this is the final look of the Sonic. First, we get the RS concept...then, we get the production model in Paris...now this? I guess we'll find out soon enough. When is the Sonic supposed to premier?
    I am skeptical as well that this will be the production "Sonic", but if it is, I actually like it quite a bit. I hope the front end is slightly revised over the production Aveo we saw as well.

    At least somebody in GM marketing had enough sense to not show this car in "Sonic The Hedgehog" blue, that all previous Aveo unveiling's have been shown in....
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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    This is the final deal guys. Maybe it will wear some show stuff for Detroit, but this is our Sonic.
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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    I think it looks fantastic. I wish the rear bumper went into the tail lights more like on the concept, but as is the car is on track for best in class in the looks department.

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Amazing how big of a difference those small changes make in the Sonic design. I was disappointed in the production Aveo, but the Sonic looks a lot better. I can only hope they applied the same treatment to the front end.

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Quote Originally Posted by GM-10 View Post
    Do you seriously think they would fabricate a 3 dimensional deception made of steel? Its the real deal whether you like it or not. whether i like it or not..its reality...

    if it were a fake...do you realize it would cost atleast a hundred million dollars to execute?
    ...what? Do you know what Photoshop is?

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    This is the final deal guys. Maybe it will wear some show stuff for Detroit, but this is our Sonic.
    I'll take your word on it.

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Can someone tell me why Joel Ewanick signed off on this name??? =/

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    I am a little confused. GM typically keeps the small cars and hatches away from the US, because the US customer doesn't like small and hatches. But I seen noone here ever complain about the Aveo.
    This new Sonic sure looks 100% better than the current Aveo!

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    REALLY looks nice. And best of all, it will be made in Michigan!
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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    This is the final deal guys. Maybe it will wear some show stuff for Detroit, but this is our Sonic.
    So GMI has received confirmation that the rendered image is the production vehicle? If so, is the LTZ shown fairly representative of the model or is it what was originally pegged as the Aveo RS (ie. a distinctly different trim level)?

    Kudos to GM if they made changes to the presentation and not just the name. With any luck the exterior design of the base model will make an impression with options to up the coolness (see also: Fiesta).


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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Standard IVER to launch changes. Nothing to do with the name change.

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    Re: GMI Eye On Design: Chevrolet Sonic vs Chevrolet Aveo

    Having studied each design further I think that there has been a complete reskin of the Sonic compared to the Aveo, which leads me to think that maybe there will be a larger GMNA model and smaller model for everyone else:
    • Completely new rear hatch- sharper rear window lines, number plate recess decends all the way to the bumper, stronger lines continuing from the shoulders, black surrounds behind rear window completely removed.
    • Gap between rear wheel arch and rear door wider on Sonic.
    • Side window surrounds completely different on Sonic

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