2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Driven
The Chevrolet Cruze has undergone some big changes in the last two years. For 2016, the sedan moved into its second generation by hitting the gym for weight reduction and added muscle. Now for 2017, Chevy has added a hatchback version complete with all the upgrades introduced a year before. I got the chance to spend a week behind the wheel of Chevy’s new hatch, surmising the little bowtie is darn good at hauling people and their stuff.
Admittedly smitten, I’d venture to say the Cruze Hatchback is a better choice than most compact crossovers. The data proves it, at lease objectively in regards to fuel economy and interior volume. Subjectively, the Cruze Hatch feels light on its feet and doesn’t mind being thrown into a turn. No, the Cruze Hatch’s 1.4-liter turbo-four is hardly a monster, but it appropriately balances power with efficiency. It’s hard to complain about 38 mpg highway, even when the sprint to 60 mph takes nearly eight seconds. So, what’s it like to live with? Find out below.
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The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch is Better than a Crossover
It’s no secret crossovers and SUVs are sweeping vehicle sales numbers across the country. Americans are buying these high-riding, unibodied wagons like never before and automakers are responding with even more models. It seems the humble sedan’s days are numbered. But crossovers are inherently compromised – their high center of gravity and sloppy on-road handling not rewarded with off-road capability as with traditional SUVs. The crossover is the cotton candy of the automotive world; all fluff and sugar with no substance. But there’s a better way to get loads of cargo volume without killing on-road drivability. Enter: the hatchback. And perhaps the best and newest example is the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback.
I’d wager the average Joe and Suzie Carbuyer bought their crossover because it looks cool and offers more interior room than the sedan they traded, while getting better gas mileage than the Chevy Suburban the really wanted but couldn’t afford. Their crossover acts as the happy median and everybody is satisfied. But are they really? Their crossover compromise in every imaginable sense. Suzie misses the cheap fuel bill their sedan provided and Joe wishes for better control when taking Interstate off-ramps. But they pretend to be happy because they don’t know any better. In reality, Joe and Suzie should have bought the Cruze Hatchback. Stick with me on this…
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Maven Gig Sounds Cool but Proves People Are Idiots for Using It
The concept of ride sharing and the basis for Maven is pretty sweet. Do you live in a big city and need your own whip for a day? Maven’s got you. Are you a college student that needs to take a trip off campus for the day? Well, you’re covered too. It’s not a bad setup. Use an app to choose a car, then use your phone to unlock the car, start the engine, and take your trip – as long as you return the car in the same condition in which you received it, it’s a pretty viable option if you really just need a car for the day. Now, Maven has launched a new program called “Maven Gig.” This program works by allowing you to rent a vehicle for a week at a time, and you can even use it for your side gigs – that means freelance jobs like food delivery services and even Uber. And, it has just added the Chevy Bolt as the initial offering for this program. So, what’s the catch? Well, if you use it more than once in a great while, you’re an idiot.
Seriously, I’m not trying to be rude, but the pricing for a week’s rental for a Chevy Bolt EV comes out to be $229. That’s really not bad if you’re in a jam because your car is broken down or otherwise indisposed of at the moment. But, if it’s something that you use frequently, you’re just spending way too much money. If you do the math, that computes to an average of $992 a month or $11,908 a year. That’s for the use of a car that you can buy, at the time of this writing, for $29,995 after a federal tax credit. In fairness, that weekly rental charge of $229 includes insurance, maintenance, and unlimited miles. We haven’t sat down and computed what it would cost to buy a Bolt EV and insure it at the same time, but something tells us that it’s not going to set you back nearly $1,000 to do so.
Chevy Bolt Accused of Going Rogue, But the Story is Questionable
With the introduction of autonomous technology, the concept of cars going rogue is a real fear for some. Tesla, for instance, has felt the backlash of a few complaints that its Model S did the unthinkable, only to prove otherwise in most cases. But, this is the first time we’re hearing about the Chevy Bolt EV doing anything out of the ordinary. According to on Bolt EV owner, his Bolt managed to shift itself out of park and smash into a shelving unit behind it, ultimately causing some kind of damage. Apparently, he was out of town (with proof,) and his wife says she didn’t do it. The owner, who goes by socalif on gm-volt.com, posted the story just a few days ago. Here’s what he said:
“Here is a strange one, but seriously happened. I was out of town (the only driver of the Bolt) I get a call saying there was a crash in the garage. BOTH keys were out of the vehicle, car self-locked and shut down in park from the previous night. Wife heard a crash, goes to the garage and sees that the car backed up and ran into a work bench pushing in a wall. Granted, hard to believe, but both keys out of the car, she was in the house (no other drivers here), I was 40 miles away, and somehow the car moved???? Insurance called, dealership notified, GM messaged.”
Other forum members have mixed opinions on the story, with some thinking that it’s possible and others saying it’s a lie. Some hold firm that the wife is at fault. Either way, after messaging GM directly, the owner says they have contacted him and want to set up a time to inspect the vehicle and what happened. Surely, GM will get to the bottom of it, so we’ll get the full story eventually. There is a good reason that some members are skeptical of the story, however, so keep reading to find out.
2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV
The Chevy Spark is one of those funky little city cars that has seen surprising success over the years. The third-gen model, for instance, managed to sell 1.1 million units globally in its time on the market. For 2015, the four-gen model debuted with a more aerodynamic body, slightly more powerful engine, and some pretty extensive updates on the inside, making it one of the most comfortable city cars you can get your hands on here in the U.S. It was also the model GM used as a basis for its first all-electric model since 1999 when the EV1 was put to death.
With the new-gen model two years into production, GM saw fit to create a special edition of sorts that is being called the Spark Activ. Joining the Chevy Beat Activ Concept from earlier this year, and the Chevy Trax Activ Concept that debuted at the SEMA show in November 2016, this model follows suit with a few off-road bits because you never know when you’ll have to take a city car off-road, right? Jokes aside, this thing really is about as boring as the Activ concepts that we’ve seen in the days passed, but it might just be someone’s cup of tea.
“The new Spark ACTIV is all about adventurous fun and style,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of Car and Crossover Marketing. “It has an attitude, while still offering the sophisticated, efficient and connected driving experience customers have come to love.”
So, with that said, let’s dive on in and look at this special edition to see what it really brings to the table.
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2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line
The annual SEMA show is just around the corner, and with its imminent arrival comes a long lineup of spruced-up, tricked-out, customized automobiles to ogle and lust after. The latest batch comes from Chevrolet, which just announced plans to drop cover on more than 20 individual models at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Among them are two new examples from the Blue Line series, including the 2017 Cruze RS five-door you see here. Bearing both concept-exclusive and production-ready accessories, the Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line is a mild upgrade over the stock vehicle, and will arrive in Vegas with new exterior styling components, a snazzier interior, a few extra horses under the hood, and crisper handling.
All in all, the hatch is pretty unremarkable compared to the average SEMA car, but it does do a decent job in showing off the Bowtie’s catalogue of accessories. If you’re a Chevy Cruze hatchback owner, then this thing might provide the inspiration needed to start modding.
Either way, Chevy says it’ll debut the Blue Line’d Cruze as a means to test the waters and see how the public reacts. You’ll have to wait until November 1st for the full public reveal, but for now, check out our review for the details.
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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
How do you build the car of the future? Just ask Chevrolet. According to the bowtie, the masses yearn for something that combines connectivity, electrification, and practicality. It has to be upgradeable. It has to be ahead of the status quo. Most importantly, though, it has to be affordable. Enter the 2017 Bolt EV. Offering a plethora of electronic features, 200 miles of range per charge, and a $30,000 price tag, the Bolt appears to tick all the right boxes.
Chevy went to extremes to tie the Bolt to the cutting edge of technology, streaming the debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show via Facebook Live and following it up with an interactive 3D tour of the interior. I wouldn’t have been surprised if there was a hologram of Steve Jobs in a Tron outfit at the end of it. Dead gadget tycoons aside, the 2017 Bolt looks to be a real watershed moment, not just for Chevy, but EVs as a whole. But is it?
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Affordable EV Showdown – Tesla Model 3 vs. Chevrolet Bolt
Across the globe, all-electric car sales are on the rise. Automakers are pouring money into development and laying the groundwork for a future where battery-driven automobiles rule the market, and while internal combustion is still number one when it comes to industry success, the battle for EV supremacy is starting to heat up. The new frontline can be found in the pockets of consumers looking for relatively affordable electrified conveyance, and two major players are gearing up for an all-out assault – the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV. Both offer impressive distance-per-charge at a reasonable price point. But the question is this – which one is better?
For now, details on the yet-to-be-released Model 3 are still in flux, but given what we know so far, these two titans of the EV world should stack up nicely for a head-to-head showdown.
For this comparison, we’ll take a look at a variety of vehicle characteristics, including gadgets and technology, performance and range, cargo space and practicality, style and aesthetics, and comfort and interior, plus we’ll give you a few alternatives if neither car is what you’re looking for.
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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback
Chevrolet has announced its newest model ahead of the 2016 North American International Auto show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Technically already roaming other parts of the globe, the Cruze Hatchback is making its first appearance in the U.S. thanks to spreading acceptance and growing sales of hatchbacks in the States.
“With nine percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”
The hatchback version of Chevy’s best-selling global car rides on the same all-new platform found under the 2016 Cruze. It also features the same vastly improved interior, updated powertrain, and continues undercutting the previous Cruze’s curb weight.
The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will offer all the same high-tech features as its sedan brother, as well, including MyLink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, heated seats front and rear, a heated steering wheel, projector-beam headlights with LED accents, and an interior that features French stitching and available leather surfaces.
In the safety department, the Cruze Hatchback offers Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist. Parents can even keen an eye their teen driver with the available Teen Driver feature, which provides driving statistics.
Update 06/16/2016: Chevrolet has announced prices for the 2017 Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190, making it $195 more expensive than the Cruze LT sedan. The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will go on sale in the fall of 2016.
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2016 Chevrolet Volt – Driven
The first-generation Volt came thundering into Chevrolet dealerships for the 2011 model year. Not only was it an all-new model for Chevy that competed with hybrid stalwarts like the Toyota Prius, the Volt helped carry GM through the desperate rough patch of 2008 and 2009. GM executives already had the Volt on the books at the time, and were able to convince the right people in Washington to extend a helping hand. Those loans, or what everybody called the GM bailout, helped the struggling automaker get back on its feet.
Fast forward to the 2016 model year, and Chevy has an all-new Volt rolling off the assembly line. Not one part number carries over to the new car, making it a ground-up re-think of the range-extended electric vehicle. New, bolder looks with a more conventional yet modern interior pushes the Volt into the mainstream while keeping its standout qualities. It might not be the prettiest thing on four wheels, but it looks better than its predecessor.
Looks aside, the 2016 Volt has a slew of upgrades, namely with the powertrain. An all-new 1.5-liter four-cylinder uses direct injection, an Atkinson combustion cycle, and an aluminum design to increase efficiency and cut weight. A larger battery pack now offers a longer range, with the total gasoline-electric range pegged at 420 miles – a marked improvement from the first-gen’s 379-mile range.
What’s more, GM has made the Volt more accessible. Its base MSRP drops by roughly $1,000 to $33,170. Federal tax credits can drop the price another $7,500, making the Volt as inexpensive as $25,670.
So what’s the Volt like to live with? Well keep reading for the full run-down.
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2016 Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept
The Chevy Beat initially debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show along with the Chevy Trax and Chevy Groove concept. In a poll released by Chevy that year, the Beat was widely accepted, taking more than 50 percent of the votes between it and the other two concepts. With that kind of acceptance, Chevy moved the Beat into production. It is known as the Chevy Spark here in the U.S. and other markets, but still goes by the Beat nomenclature in the Indian Market.
With the Indian market loving small cars, Chevy decided to bring a new concept of the beat to the 2016 New Delhi Auto show, calling it the Beat Activ. The interesting thing about the Beat Activ Concept is that it is also showing off a lot of the same design cues of the third generation Spark that came with the 2015 model year here in the U.S. For some reason, the Beat in India still has all of the second generation styling that Chevy put to rest with the newest iteration of the Spark.
So, with that said, this concept not only showcases some interesting design ideas for future models, but also the design cues that will surely make it when the third-generation Beat debuts in India. That, at least in part, is what makes this concept that much more interesting. According to Chevy, the Beat Activ is a “fun and spirited concept” and a “soft-roader” that has been designed to stand out from the crowd. It is a youthful car that was designed as a response to India’s maturing market.
So, does the beat active really have “adventure at its core” and ensure the driver will be “comfortable and connected” as Chevy suggests? Well, let’s take a closer look and see for ourselves. Join me, as I take a look at the specifics of this new concept.
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With the 2015 SEMA show around the corner, manufacturers are in a crunch to get their latest and greatest ready for display. For Chevy, that means they have prepared a group of concepts known as the Red Line Series that showcases some of its best production and concept accessories for the Malibu, Camaro, Silverado 1500, Colorado, and the Trax.
According to Jim Campbell – the Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for GM U.S. – “The Chevrolet Red Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices." And, he’s right – now that Chevy has previewed the group of concepts we can see that, but not all of the models are customized as much as you might think. Case in point: The Trax Redline Series Concept.
You can see a difference between the standard Trax and the Redline Series concept, but it’s nowhere near as customized and unique as the Camaro Redline Concept or the Malibu Redline Concept. We don’t have a whole lot to go on at this point, as previewing the models leaves some questions unanswered. Read on to see what we already know about the Trax Reline Series Concept and what we might see at its official debut on November 3rd.
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As a fuel efficient form of urban transportation, the Chevy Sparkdoes its job exactly as it is supposed to. The problem with this is that the Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta also do this, but are also a lot more fun to drive and are even better looking. Spark sales have consistently lagged far behind the more popular cars in this segment, and that’s why a new Spark will be debuting in just a few months. But, before that happens, Chevy would like to send the current Spark out with a bang, and will be bringing a special version to the SEMA show next month.
The car is being called a Spark RS, although this is a fictional trim level, at least for this generation of the Spark. The car is part of the Red Line Series - a whole line of enhanced cars that Chevy is bringing to SEMA. So the Spark will be showed alongside new special versions of the Camaro, Malibu, Silverado, Colorado and Trax. The enhancements to each of these models are all essentially the same, but there are bound to be some other versions of several of these at SEMA, especially of the Camaro.
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Chevy has just announced a $5 billion investment plan to develop a new vehicle family intended to bolster its presence in global growth markets. Chevy is focused on tailoring the new line to be flexible in meeting “rapidly changing” consumer demands, and will include advanced technologies in the areas of connectivity, safety and fuel efficiency. The cars will come in a variety of different body styles and be equipped with both diesel and gas engines. The first entry is expected to make its debut in 2019.
Looking ahead to the next 15 years, the automaker anticipates a good deal of industry growth “outside of mature markets,” and as such, will seek to secure long-term profitability with this new investment. The new vehicle family will replace several existing vehicles already sold overseas, although Chevy declined to specify which models would get the axe.
Part of the plan includes an expanded partnership between General Motors and the Chinese state-owned auto-manufacturing company SAIC Motor, with the two firms signing an agreement to jointly develop the core architecture and engines for the new vehicle family.
Chevy says a multinational team of engineers and designers is tasked with creating the new vehicle family to meet the expectations of customers in each individual market where the vehicle will be sold. These include Brazil, India, Mexico and China, with exports also expected to other high-growth, emerging markets.
Chevy hopes to see sales for the new line grow to more than two million units annually. Critically, the new vehicles will not see export to markets like the U.S. or Europe.
Further information on the investment plan and the new vehicle line for each market will be announced in the future.
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For some time, car enthusiasts in the U.S. have been clamoring for more fun and affordable compact hatchbacks, and now is the time to put up or shut up. Joining the already long list of compact hatchbacks, it is being reported that the all-new second-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be offered as both a hatchback and a sedan. Although the Cruze has only been a sedan thus far in the U.S., other markets have had access to the Cruze as a hatchback and a station wagon.
The report comes from Automotive News, which cited three attendees of a recent dealer meeting in Las Vegas, who said that a hatchback version of the next-gen Cruze was revealed under secrecy. It is also being reported that the hatchback shown was listed as a 2016 model, so it isn’t clear if Chevy will launch the sedan and hatchback at the same time or wait until after the sedan goes on sale to introduce the five-door. This latter scenario is what happen with the current Cruze as the sedan was first rolled out before the hatchback and then the station wagon joined the lineup.
Chevrolet will introduce the second-gen this week, and while we’ve only seen spy shots of the car, it will have the same basic shape as the redesigned Cruze that launched last year in China. This new design will essentially leave the new Cruze sedan looking like a shrunken version of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, so it will be interesting to see how well the swoopy new design language lends itself to a hatchback body style.
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In addition to the 2016 Malibu, Chevrolet also introduced a redesigned version of the Spark city car at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Updated to Chevy’s revised design language, the 2016 Spark is now more aerodynamic, more powerful and better equipped, thanks to a range of extensive updates inside and out. Production will commence in South Korea later this year, with U.S. sales to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The Spark started life in 1998 as a Korean-designed city car powered by a 0.8-liter, three-pot and assembled in nine countries. Launched as the Daewoo Matiz, it was sold under different names globally, including as the Chevrolet Matiz, Chevrolet Spark or Pontiac G2. Revised in 2003, the subcompact retained most of its styling features and drivetrain components until 2007, when a brand-new model was developed on GM’s Gamma platform. The new Spark came to the U.S. for the 2010 model year, receiving an electric drivetrain later on.
The new Spark has pretty big shoes to fill, as its predecessor has been a massive success, with more than 1.1 million units sold globally since 2009. With the new model, Chevrolet hopes to draw young and first-time car buyers into its U.S. dealerships.
Updated 04/02/2015: The new generation Chevrolet Spark made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
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At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Bolt EV Concept as a "vision for an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle" that could offer more than 200 miles of range. Chevy claimed that the compact, which showcased a number of high-tech features, could cost from around $30,000 if put into production. Now, Ford is reportedly working on a similar product, with a concept car rumored to break cover at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
That’s the word from AutoGuide, which claims Ford’s answer to the Bolt would be a brand-new, dedicated model and not just an electric vehicle based on a product that already exists in the brand’s current lineup. The source goes on to add that it will offer a similar range to the Bolt, but, other than that, there are no details. With the Chevrolet Bolt likely to arrive in dealerships in 2017, AutoGuide’s report doesn’t seem far-fetched, but, until there is some sort of official confirmation from the Blue Oval, I’m taking this information with a grain of salt.
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Amidst all of the performance cars that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet was also bolstering its green-car cred with the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt and the 2015 Chevrolet Bolt Concept. The new Volt will go on sale later this year, but there was no word as to what plans Chevy had in store for the diminutive all-electric concept. It now seems that Reuters has dug up some potentially interesting details about the car’s future.
According to information obtained by two suppliers, the report says that the Bolt will go into production in October 2016 for the 2017 model year, and it will be built at GM’s Orion assembly plant, where Chevy hopes to produce between 25,000 to 30,000 units per year. This “underused small-car plant north of Detroit” currently builds the compact Buick Verano and the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic, and the addition of the Bolt will help improve the production capacity, which has fallen off as the demand for small cars plummeted along with gas prices. From the report, the Bolt will ride on the Gamma II platform shared with the Sonic, Buick Encore and Chevy Trax.
Perhaps equally big news, GM might also have plans to introduce an Opel version of the Bolt for European sales in a similar move to what it did for the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera.
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General Motors appears to be interested in adding to its green car lineup with a new compact crossover called the Bolt EV. While still just a concept, the Bolt would slot in neatly alongside the new 2016 Volt and Spark EV, both of which are already humming their way up and down public roads. The Bolt is designed as a way forward in Chevy’s ambition to provide an affordable, long-range, all-electric vehicle, with a roughly $30,000 starting price and more than 200 miles stated as objectives for the first two adjectives of that description, respectively.
“Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a press release. Price and range are two of the most important factors when it comes to widespread EV adoption, so GM clearly has the right idea going for them.
At first glance, the Bolt appears well rounded, both physically and metaphorically. The exterior body looks optimized to reduce drag, while the interior is pleasantly equipped and laid out. It’s a design that’s somewhat reminiscent of the BMW i3, albeit with a dollop of futuristic, concept-ish gloss smeared across it.
If GM wants to be a leader in the world of electrics and hybrids, this would certainly be a step in the right direction. Chevy has yet to confirm any intentions to put the Bolt into production, but rumors are circulating that it could go on sale in the U.S. and limited overseas markets in 2017.
In the meantime, we’ll just have to pick apart the new Volt hybrid for some domestic green car goodness. Maybe we’ll even see yet another foray into the world of EVs from GM. Here’s our pitch: an electric bus for new-age hippies. We’ll call it the Ohm.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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Chevrolet’s going to an all-too familiar script with its SEMA-bound offerings. Over the past few years, the Chevrolet Sonic has been a SEMA staple and this year figures to be no different. I already talked about the Sonic Performance Concept so now it’s time to dive into the other Sonic we’ll be seeing at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show. This model is called the Sonic Accessories Concept and like the Performance Concept, this one isn’t really a concept, but a showpiece of what the Sonic could look like if it was covered in Chevy’s latest lineup of accessories.
In other words, this is what Chevrolet wants you to buy in the event you’re in the market for a Sonic.
Yes, the Sonic Accessories Concept creates a nice display models for the many possibilities customers have for mixing and matching new accessories available for the hatchback. The concept should give us a look at the optional accessories we can expect to see for the Sonic. There’s a lot to choose from, covering a wide range of the hatchback’s real estate.
Whether it’s the exterior, the interior, or even upgrades to the suspension, there are plenty of new digs to go around for Chevy’s little hot hatch. The Sonic Accessories Concept shows us what’s possible. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about it when it makes its debut at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.
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Ever since the second-generation Chevrolet Sonic burst onto the scene in 2011, we’ve seen the loveable hatchback become a staple at the SEMA Auto Show. We’ve seen it dress up as the Rocky Carmichael All-Activity Concept. We’ve seen it show up as the Sonic Boom Concept. Heck, we’ve even seen it come to SEMA as the Z-Spec 4D Concept. This year, the Sonic returns to the biggest aftermarket show in the world in the guise of the Sonic Performance Concept.
It doesn’t have quite the flashy name as its predecessors, but the Sonic Performance Concept is actually less of a showpiece prototype and more of a performance-tuned, ready-to-be-produced hatchback. To be clear, Chevy hasn’t said anything about sending the Sonic Performance Concept to dealerships, but it’s not far-fetched to imagine it happening soon.
The Sonic Performance Concept features a laundry list of upgrades to its appearance, suspension, and engine performance. The concept was created to showcase how the Sonic can appeal to a new generation of young enthusiasts by drawing on the company’s legacy of high-performance capabilities.
I would love to see the Sonic Performance Concept get turned into a production model, even if it’s in a limited capacity.
Hopefully, Chevy realizes the same thing with what it has with this SEMA-bound Sonic.
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The time is drawing nearer to when Apple’s CarPlay finally hits the streets in consumer vehicles. At the company’s recent 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, USA Today got an up-close look at the new in-dash iOS operating system inside a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This in-car demonstration shows just how familiar the software is to the usual iOS-powered devices.
Interestingly, Chevrolet has not made an official announcement concerning when CarPlay would be introduced into its product lineup. Chevy is listed as a “committed partner” with Apple in bringing the software to market, but the automaker has yet to announce any word on what vehicles will receive the system or what the roll-out timeline looks like.
Though it is possible Chevy will incorporate CarPlay into the Spark and other models late into the 2014 model year, it’s more likely the new technology will debut for 2015. We’re expecting General Motors to make quite the hubbub about the news once things are all confirmed.
Chevy will be joined by Ferrari, Volvo, Hyundai, and Mercedes as the first crop of automakers to sell cars with hardware capable of running the iOS software. What’s more, from the video above, it appears the software will also allow owners to access tailored vehicle-specific menus. In the Spark’s case, it has a “My Chevrolet” application on its home screen.
For those with older vehicles, companies like Pioneer are developing CarPlay-compatible head units that work with nearly every vehicle. A 1965 Ford Mustang was on display at Apple’s WWDC to showcase the aftermarket potential.
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