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Chevrolet Sonic Launched in Malaysia

Chevrolet Sonic Malaysia Launch

 

Chevrolet Sonic was launched recently in here Malaysia at National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil. Naza  Quest Sdn Bhd. brought in both the Sonic Sedan and the Sonice Hatchback. The sonic is targeted to the “Generation Y” Malaysian that is young and trendy. The Chevrolet Sonic is said to be developed with a proven global platform that delivers precision handling and performance. The Chevrolet Sonic is a B-segment car which direct competes with Toyota Vios, Mazda 2, Honda City or recently launched Nissan Almera. Naza Group aims to grab part of the pie with the Chevrolet Sonic, as the B-segment vehicles are the largest market in Malaysia.

 

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Both Chevrolet Sonic Sedan & Hatchback has an identical front fascia. Both feature the chrome dual-port grille at the front. As the side the obvious shape of the hatchback and sedan is noticeable  The Sonic 5-door hatch has a rear door to access the boot and fold-able rear seats if you need to transport bigger objects. The Sonic 4-door sedan will have a separate boot just like any sedan car.

 

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The Chevrolet Sonic features the 1.4L Ecotec DOHC 16-Valve engine that produces a humble 74hp with a 6 speed automatic gearbox.  On paper it will go from 0-100 in 12.9 seconds and it is possible to achieve 8.1 L/100km fuel efficiency. Standard safety features such as air bags, ABS & EBD are all in.

 

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The interior design of the Chevrolet Sonic favours me, it’s modern, simple yet futuristic. The blue luminescence interior lights reminds of the movie – Tron. The digital speedometer and rpm meter is one of its kind and never been seen in other vehicles in this segment. Noticing the interior details carefully, the futuristic ”Tron” theme is more and more recognizable.  The dashboard materials are somewhat like Chevrolet Cruze’s, in fact this Chevrolet Sonic looks and feels like a modern baby Chevrolet Cruze.

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Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L Turbo Recall – Fire Risk

Chevrolet has issue a world recalled on the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L turbo model. Statement from General Motors mentioned this, “A condition has been identified where, in some instances, the lower air deflector, also known as the belly pan, can catch oil that might drip from the engine if an oil change is not done properly. If oil makes contact with hot engine parts such as the exhaust manifold or catalytic converter, a fire could occur.”

 

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This recall has affected an estimated figure of 475,000 Cruze. 10,000 of them are sold in Australia as their locally built and branded as Holden Cruze. The recall, classified as fire risk that could potentially cause those Cruze powered by 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine over a potential engine bay fire.  Again, we would like to stress on the point that this recall ONLY affects the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L Turbo model.

 

 

While we went around to scout for some materials about this issue, we found this. The below video is believed has been recorded in the United States. The Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L turbo was burning in the streets and when the firemen arrived to attempt to put down the fire, there’s was an explosion.

 

A Possible Chevrolet Cruze Facelift in 2012

Chevrolet Cruze was launch in mid 2010 here in Malaysia. We have driven it back then. In fact, the model was launch in 2008 Paris Motor show and started selling in the US and Australia in 2009. After about more than 2 years in the market, this was spotted on one of the forum online. Some forumers say this is the new facelift Chevrolet Cruze of the model year 2012. While we do not have detail information to confirm this, we thought we should share it you our readers too.

 

The major difference of this snap shot than the current version of Chevrolet Cruze would be the fog lights area. The fog lights casing are shaped triangularly and added what it looks like a vertical day light LED on top of the fog lights to keep up the trend.

 

This could also be possible just a minor facelift for the European market. Whatever it is, whether is a aftermarket new bumper or an upcoming facelift. It does make the Cruze looks more stylish.

2011 Melbourne Motor Show Concept Cars Summary

At the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show, many exhibitors have exhibited their future products and concept cars. In total, there are no less than 14 concept cars. Thank you, John (our mate) from Down Under for passing some photos taken at the Motor Show to us. 

 

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Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest automaker had showcased its FT-86 II and Prius C City Car concepts. For its luxury brand – Lexus, the LF-Gh concept was there.

 

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Mazda set in the Minagi at the show. The car looks like production ready and Mazda will make use of this model with minor changes to become the new CX-5. Besides, Mazda also showcase the rear-wheel-drive Shinari at Melbourne Motor Show. Sadly, the Mazda Shinari will not be in production but purely to showcase the Mazda new design styling – Kodo – Soul of Motion.

 

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What’s more, Mitsubishi show-off its plug-in hybrid SUV – PX-MiEV. This vehicle is powered by 70kW/125Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axle.

 

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Suzuki exhibits its Suzuki Swift S-Concept. It is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, the S-Concept has bigger wheel arches, more antagonistic bumpers, a large wing spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

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Subaru revealed their compact SUV concept and presented it as Subaru Impreza XV at the motor show. Do you think this could be the model that will be local assembly in Malaysia by Tan Chong Group?

 

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For the Korean marquee, Hyundai presented a fuel cell electric drive train vehicle – Blue2. The electric motor delivers 90kW of power.

 

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For the German automakers, BMW displayed its concept super car – Vision EfficientDynamics. Basically, it’s a hybrid car with an electric motor and a 3-cylinder turbo-diesel will together produce 241kW of power, and take the car from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.

 

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 Audi presented their e-tron which powered by four electric motors over each wheel with a total of 230kW.

 

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It seems like most of the automakers are firm with the Hybrid or Electric Motors technology besides Mazda. The Swedish Volvo presented its V60 Plug-in hybrid. The drive train features a 150kW/440Nm 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine and a 50kW/200Nm electric motor located at the back and powering the rear wheels. Electric-only range is 50km, fuel consumption is rated at 1.9L/100km and zero to 100km/h can be done in 6.9 seconds.

 

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The Australian automaker, Holden showcased its new 2012 Holden Colorado UTE. Although the production model due on sale in 2012 but the options are expected not be as extreme as the car display at the show. Above and beyond, the production version of its Australian designed Holden Cruze Hatchback is displayed as show-car as well.

 

If you missed out the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show like us, you can now check out the photo gallery below.

 

Photo Gallery: 2011 Melbourne Motor Show 1-10 July 2011

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

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The hatchback version of Chevrolet Cruze will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which officially begin on Tuesday, March 1st. The new Cruze hatchback will also be offered with a new range of engines, with the range-topping diesel unit, with 163PS (161hp) and a standard six-speed manual transmission.

 

The Cruze Hatchback will go on sale in the UK in the summer of 2011, with prices and exact specifications to be confirmed nearer the time. Moreover, there’s a possibility that Chevrolet will put the new Cruze Hatchback in motorsport, as well.

 

Photo Gallery: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback