During the imminent XLVI Superbowl, Chevrolet is going to show the TV audience a new ad featuring a few extreme stunts performed by the Sonic, the recent subcompact model known as Aveo on the European side of the pond. The commercial shows some of the crazy numbers arranged by Chevy for the model’s commercial launch, including the recent, breathtaking kickflip, bungee jumping, sky diving and also a few glimpses of another brand new ad, that will be premiered during the ‘big game’ as well and featuring L.A. rock band OK Go. Just as a quick reminder, Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo’s engine range is made of a 1.2-litre petrol unit available in two power configurations (70 hp or 86 hp), a 1.4 petrol delivering 100 hp and a diesel unit, a 1.3-litre available in power steps of 75 and 95 hp.
Chevrolet released a new one-minute long video starring the Chevrolet Aveo (known as ‘Sonic’ in North America) driving through a workshop on two wheels with stuntman Jamey Smith behind the steering wheel (first time he ever did that with an Aveo). The video is quite funny as the people working there seem to not care about the flashy orange Aveo going through the warehouse at extremely low speed. Then Mr.Smith completes the task by perfectly parking the car just outside the shed. Good job.
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The upcoming 2011 SEMA will see the unveiling of some Chevrolet tunings based on Sonic and Cruze models, a further demonstration of GM commitment towards smaller and fuel efficient cars. Chevrolet vice-president Chris Perry stated that “the heritage of Chevrolet cars like the Corvette and Camaro is being expressed in smaller packages for the next generation.”
The Sonic Z-Spec 1 has upgraded calipers, suspension and exhaust system while red paintjob, rear spoiler, graphic package, unique grille and white 18″ wheels are its most distinctive aesthetic traits. The cabin features red and black finishing and a number of other details accentuating its sporty attitude. The Sonic Z-Spec 2 can be considered an aggressive evolution of the Spec 1, from which it can be easily recognized becuase of the white livery and black rims. These two models will soon be joined by a third variation called Sonic Dusk, which will be quite similar to its two ’sisters’ but with less aggressive looks. A concept called Sonic Z-Spec 4D will also be presented, but this car will underline a more formal vibe of the model thanks to its Ashen Grey Metallic exterior.
Two tuned concepts of the Cruze will also make an appearence at the SEMA: these models will be presented with Z-Spec and Dusk packages, featuring the same changes described for the Sonic. Chevrolet did not provide any more technical info about the models.
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