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    2012 CHEVROLET SONIC HATCHBACK

    The Chevrolet Sonic is offered in two body styles: a stylish four-door sedan and a sporty five-door (hatchback). It displayed at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Its youthful, aggressive design is backed by turbocharged performance and agile ride and handling, combining to deliver an efficient, fun-to-drive small car.

    Both delivers class-leading rear-seat roominess and cargo space. A variety of connectivity features enhance the driving experience. Its combination of great design, fun driving experience and the latest connectivity features create a serious competitor with a fun spirit.

    Production of the Chevrolet Sonic begins later in 2011 at the General Motors Orion Assembly Center in Michigan, which received a $545-million investment in upgrades and retooling, and will help restore approximately 1,000 jobs in the metropolitan Detroit area.

    Chevrolet Sonic sedan and five-door models convey aggressive cues, including fender flares and motorcycle-inspired round headlamps, are blended with global design cues  a dual-element grille and round taillamps for a design instantly recognizable as Chevrolet.

    2012 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT U.S VERSION

    2012 Volkswagen Passat is the four-door saloon model, which has been specifically developed for the North American market and will be built at the firm’s new US plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It will be launched in the States in mid-August with an entry-level price in the US$20,000 range, according to the company. Final prices will be announced in March.

    Volkswagen Passat U.S Version’s interior and exterior styling looks similar to the Jetta, albeit with more upscale trim. Other standard features include electric windows all round, air conditioning, insulating glass, an analogue clock in the center of the instrument panel, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning, radio-CD system (MP3-capable, plus external audio input) and a Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone system (with voice activation).

    The entry-level Passat will be offered in the States with VW’s familiar 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor producing 170-horsepower, while returning an estimated 31mpg on the highway.

    Also other engine options will include a more frugal Clean Diesel (TDI) with 140HP and a highway fuel economy of 43mpg, and a six-cylinder petrol engine, the 3.6-liter VR6 with 280-horsepower, which is paired with a standard dual clutch transmission (DSG), returning 28mpg on the highway and completing the 0-60mph sprint in 6.5 seconds.

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