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Automatic option now available for the Chevrolet Sonic 1.4L Turbo

By SYF77 on 27 Mar 2012

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When Chevrolet introduced the new Sonic (known as the Aveo in Singapore) with the 1.4-Liter turbocharged petrol engine, it was available exclusively with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Now, GM announced that it will be available with the option of a 6-speed automatic. This is good business strategy as not everyone prefers to switch gears by themselves.

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“Providing the option of a turbocharged engine to our non-stick driving Chevy customers allows us to offer everyone the thrill and power of a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant,” said Jim Danahy, vehicle chief engineer for North American small cars. The Sonic’s 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine is SAE certified at 138 horsepower.

The 6-speed manual 1.4L turbocharged Sonic sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. The added convenience of an automatic transmission slows down the subcompact car slightly, allowing it to reach 60 mph in 8.0 seconds.

However, such performance is considered very decent is my opinion and will have no problem making the Jazz or Polo Sport appear in the rear mirror. The fuel consumption of the automatic model is rated at 6.4L/100km for highway and 8.7L/100km for city. The automatic option is available on both the sedan and hatchback versions.

The right-hand-drive version of the Aveo is already available in the UK. The current high COE may mean we will not see it in our shore any time soon.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Verve Mar 28 2012 12:42 AM
waiting to see what the real fc is, my ex 1.4 aveo barely hit 7.5km/l for each tank
Darklord_88 Mar 28 2012 01:06 AM
frankly speaking, design still cant make it
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